US protected status for Haitians will end in 2019 July informed a senior official of the Trump administration. The US protected was offered to around 59,000 Haitian immigrants. It protects them from deportation after they arrived at the US owing to the fatal earthquake.
The decision to end the US protected status was taken by Elaine Duke the acting Homeland Security Secretary. It gives the Haitian immigrants 18 months to return to their nation. They can alternatively legalize their status in the US, as quoted by the Indian Express.
The then US President Barack Obama had granted the temporary protected status to Haitians. It was initially for a period of 18 months. This was after an earthquake of 7.0 magnitude hit Port-au-Prince the capital of Haiti. This disaster occurred in 2010 and killed more than 300, 000 people. The US administration led by Obama had given several extensions to this protected status for Haitians.
The decision to end the TPS for Haitians was taken after the review of the situation in Haiti. The review found that substantial progress was made in Haiti. Duke then decided to terminate the special status, informed the senior official of Trump administration.
The official further elaborated that the bizarre provisional circumstances have improved adequately. This was the basis for the TPS that was offered to the Haitians. Thus there is no hindrance for them to return safely to their nation, added the US administration official.
John Kelly the erstwhile Homeland Security Secretary had extended the TPS for Haitians till January 2018. He had then told the media that protected status is a provisional law that is not meant to be an open-ended law.
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