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US ending temporary permits for almost 60,000 Haitians

9 months 3 weeks 6 days ago Monday, November 20 2017 Nov 20, 2017 November 20, 2017 8:26 PM November 20, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
File Image: In this May 22, 2017 photo, Pierrot Mervilier, center rear, hugs a girl that did not wish to be identified, living in the U.S. with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) after she and her family spoke to members of the media in Miami.
WASHINGTON - The Trump administration is ending a temporary residency permit program that has allowed almost 60,000 citizens from Haiti to live and work in the United States since a 2010 powerful earthquake shook the Caribbean nation.
  
The Homeland Security Department says conditions in Haiti have improved significantly, so the benefit will be extended one last time until July 2019 to give Haitians time to prepare to return home.
  
Advocates and members of Congress from both parties had asked the Trump administration for an 18-month extension of the program, known as Temporary Protected Status. Haitian President Jovenel Moise's government also requested the extension.
  
Advocates for Haitians say conditions in the island nation haven't improved nearly enough for Haitians to be deported.

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