Perhaps government programs are not forever after all.
In a move that already has anti-Trump critics screaming from the rooftops about racial motivations, the Trump administration announced Tuesday it’s ending a “temporary” humanitarian program that has allowed Haitian immigrants to remain in the United States.
Ending the Temporary Protected Status designation affects nearly 59,000 Haitians in the U.S., according to The Boston Globe. The program was created after an earthquake ravaged Haiti back in 2010, seven-plus years ago, but officials now say conditions have “sufficiently improved.”
Haitians affected by the decision will have to leave the U.S. by July 2019 or live in the shadows as illegal immigrants and face deportation.
More on the reason behind the decision from The Boston Globe:
An administration official said that acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke had determined the ‘‘extraordinary temporary conditions’’ in Haiti that justified the temporary immigration status ‘‘had sufficiently improved.’’
The official, one of several authorized to brief reporters, cited a sharp decrease in the number of internally displaced persons as a result of the earthquake and said that a legitimate Haitian government is now in place. ‘‘The law is relatively explicit, that if the conditions on the ground do not support a TPS designation, then the secretary must terminate,’’ the official said.
The administration opted not to renew the provisional residency of 2,500 Nicaraguans earlier this month, giving them 14 months to leave, and will take another six months to evaluate the status of 57,000 Hondurans living in the U.S., the newspaper reported.
The Nicaraguans and Hondurans have been allowed to live in the U.S. since Hurricane Mitch struck in 1998.
Another 200,000 Salvadorans, here since a 2001 earthquake, will see their temporary protected status expire in January.
The liberal media can be expected to blast President Trump for the decisions, as seen below from former CBS News anchor Dan Rather:
#Haiti is the poorest country in Western Hemisphere – devastated by disease and an earthquake that killed 230k people. Now we tell 60k Haitians to "GET OUT"?
We're better than this. And I think most Americans know it.
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) November 21, 2017
The Globe noted most with a protected status entered the U.S. illegally and “have been exempted from deportation under a 1990 law that allows them to legally remain if the executive branch determines that instability and precarious conditions exist in their countries as the result of natural disasters or armed conflict.”
Led by Sen. Democrat Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Democrat lawmakers unveiled a bill last week to protect those living here under temporary protected status, making them eligible to apply for permanent residency after three years, according to the paper.
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