The acting secretary of homeland security, Elaine Duke, today will announce her decision to terminate the Temporary Protected Status designation for Haiti, with a delayed effective date of 18 months to allow for an orderly transition before the designation finally terminates on July 22, 2019 ... based on all available information, the acting secretary determined that the extraordinary and temporary conditions as a result of the 2010 quake that in turn formed as the basis for Haiti's TPS designation no longer exists, and thus pursuant to statute, the current TPS designation, must not be exxtened. Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) tweeted, "There is no reason to send 60,000 Haitians back to a country that can not provide for them".
Haitians received TPS in 2010 after a 7.0-magnitude quake shook the country, killing 220,000 people. "Congress must lead where the president has failed and find a permanent solution for Haitians, and other TPS holders, living in our country that allows them to continue contributing to the fabric of our democracy".
Median household income was $50,000 for Salvadorans, $40,000 for Hondurans, and $45,000 for Haitians.
The 18-month delay "will provide time for individuals with TPS to arrange for their departure or to seek an alternative lawful immigration status in the United States, if eligible", DHS said. The agency extended the program for six months in May, instead of the usual 18.
"Since the 2010 natural disaster, the number of displaced people in Haiti has decreased by 97 percent", said Duke. In an article headlined "TPS Holders Are Integral Members of the U.S. Economy and Society", the Center for American Progress claimed that "TPS holders are essential contributors to the U.S. economy and society".
Officials said Monday that the political climate in Haiti had stabilized.
The decision will upend the lives of thousands of Haitians in the us, many of whom have taken advantage of their legal status to put down roots, building careers and raising children, many of whom are American citizens.
On Monday, acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine C. Duke affirmed that Haitians would still be required to leave, but said the order would not be effective until July 22, 2019. Not renewing temporary status marks a change in policy when compared to previous administrations.
"I wanted to come here for a better life".
In South Florida, many Haitians work in the healthcare industry.
"The country is still struggling to recover from the quake and is in no position to receive these individuals who are already making enormous contributions to our country", Gupta added. About 300,000 people are now living in the US with TPS, and the countries now designated for its protections, according to the DHS website, are El Salvador, Honduras, Nepal, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
About 60,000 Haitians here in the US are trying to figure out what's next for them. In December, the Department of Homeland Security will announce its decision on the temporary status of people from El Salvador. TPS for those immigrants expires March 9.