At least 60,000 Haitians living in America after obtaining residence through the “Temporary Protected Status” (TPS) scheme following a 2010 earthquake, have been told by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that they must all go home—unless they can find a way to stay through any of a large number of means.
The announcement by Elaine Duke, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, that TPS status for Haitians has ended, has a “delayed effective date of 18 months” which will allow for an “an orderly transition before the designation terminates on July 22, 2019,” the official announcement on the DHS website says.
The “orderly transition” 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,” the statement adds,
These “alternative lawful immigration” means include marriage, jobs, family, special visa status because they claim to have been victims of a crime or domestic abuse, or any of a number of means through which they can apply for permanent status.
The TPS regulation was supposed to be a short-term humanitarian relief, letting people who were in the U.S. on temporary programs or even in the country illegally stay while their home countries recover from major events. Once the recovery is complete, the status is supposed to end.
However, since then, renewals have become almost automatic as the establishment has sought to flood America with as many nonwhite “immigrants” as possible.
For example, TPS recipients from the Honduras and Nicaragua have been allowed to stay for nearly two decades, and the Haitains have been in America for nearly seven years—far longer than the legislation originally intended, and far longer than it would take anywhere else to “recover” from an earthquake.
The new DHS statement confirmed this latter point, saying that “Haiti had made considerable progress” since 2010, and that a “review of the conditions upon which the country’s original designation were based and whether those extraordinary but temporary conditions prevented Haiti from adequately handling the return of their nationals, as required by statute” showed that there was no longer any TPS requirement.
“Based on all available information, including recommendations received as part of an inter-agency consultation process, Acting Secretary Duke determined that those extraordinary but temporary conditions caused by the 2010 earthquake no longer exist. Thus, under the applicable statute, the current TPS designation must be terminated,” the statement said.
“Since the 2010 earthquake, the number of displaced people in Haiti has decreased by 97 percent. Significant steps have been taken to improve the stability and quality of life for Haitian citizens, and Haiti is able to safely receive traditional levels of returned citizens.
“Haiti has also demonstrated a commitment to adequately prepare for when the country’s TPS designation is terminated.”