Yesterday, Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, announced they would end a program that’s allowed nearly 59,000 Haitians to live and work in the United States.
Temporary Protection Status (TPS), was created in 1990 to protect foreign nations from deportation if the executive branch determined natural disasters or armed conflict in their countries had created instability. Haiti was designated a TPS country after an earthquake in 2010 which devastated the island. Duke determined this earthquake is no longer causing instability in haiti, and the U.S. cannot extend the TPS program.
Over half of all Haitians affected by the announcement live in Florida. TPS holders have over 270,000 U.S.-born children and thousands of grandchildren. They will have until July 22, 2019 to either leave the country or apply for a different legal immigration category.