The Trump administration said Monday it will extend until January a humanitarian program that has allowed roughly 58,000 Haitians to live in the United States, but it is hinting that further extensions are unlikely.
Temporary protected status allowed the Haitians to remain in the United States past the expiration of their visas and work legally.
Speaking with Gothamist last week, Matiychenko predicted that the revocation of TPS would not result in a mass exodus back to Haiti.
The Trump administration filed court papers Monday aimed at getting a judge to reconsider his ruling blocking the president's executive order to cut funding from sanctuary cities that limit cooperation with USA immigration authorities.
The Haitian community, lawmakers and the Haitian government have urged the Trump administration to leave the protections in place because they say the country is still not ready to take back immigrants who have been living overseas.
"Many homes will be left if these people are deported, children will be left without parents, bank accounts will be left behind", Guithele Ruiz-Nicolas said.
Wilson says more needs to be done. President Jovenel Moise was sworn in in February.
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Almost 60,000 Haitians were yesterday given a reprieve and will be allowed to stay in the U.S, for now. Mixed-status families could be torn apart. A person who is found to be eligible for TPS can not be removed from the United States and is permitted to work and travel.
There are roughly 58,700 Haitians living in the U.S. on the TPS scheme, many in a large Haitian community in Florida, as well as NY and MA.
Three DHS officials, who agreed to speak to reporters only on the condition of anonymity, said Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly believed Haitians living in the United States deserved the extension until year-end, but conditions there were improving.
Senior Department of Homeland Security officials said on a conference call Monday that the Secretary has not yet determined if he will extend or terminate the designation when the extension ends, but Administration officials are encouraging Haitians to get their affairs in order over the next six months. Her daughter, who was born in the USA, has special medial needs that she does not think would be adequately taken care of in Haiti.
In the past, the Editorial Board has pleaded with DHS for the TPS extension for eligible Haitians in South Florida and across the country.
"It is one thing to read facts and figures about the effects of a series of natural disasters that have wreaked havoc there", the Democrat said in a statement, "but it is impossible to accurately assess the tumultuous conditions without actually seeing it up close and in person". With subsequent droubt and more flooding, "they still haven't been able to begin to recover from that". "Six months from now, we'll be facing the exact same situation".
For this reason Haiti's government was joined by the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Miami Herald, New York Daily News, Sun Sentinel, Palm Beach Post, and Orlando Sentinel editorial boards, the Republican governors of Florida and MA, 100 bipartisan members of the U.S. Senate and House, 14 big city mayors, 550 U.S. doctors, 416 faith leaders, 330 organizations and leaders, and a host of others in urging an 18-month extension. She added, "Anything less would be irresponsible and reckless".
Only Haitians now protected by TPS will be covered by the extension; DHS will not consider new applicants.