US ends ‘protected’ status for Haitian immigrants


WASHINGTON, D.C.: Some 59,000 Haitian immigrants in the United States will no longer receive protective status starting in 18 months. Haitian immigrants received Temporary Protected Status after a 2010 earthquake that devastated the Caribbean nation. The mega-disaster killed more than 200,000 people, destroyed much of the capital Port-au-Prince and displaced 1.5 million Haitians. TPS made it possible for Haitians in the United States to stay after their visas expired, and to work legally. But after a review, US Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke “determined that those extraordinary but temporary conditions caused by the 2010 earthquake no longer exist,” a statement read Monday. Ahead of the expected end of the program, thousands of Haitians traveled across the United States’ northern border with Canada in recent months to seek asylum. Faced with the sudden influx, Canada’s federal government boosted its border personnel and built temporary housing to relieve overwhelmed relief centers.



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