Proponents of Temporary Protected Status for people from Central America and Haiti argue that ending the designation for those countries is counterproductive and could also spur more illegal immigration.
Haitian Americans United and other local Haitian groups are holding an emergency gathering Tuesday night at the Kay Pam Center, an adult day care facility in Dorchester.
The 18-month deadline, Duke said, will allow for an "orderly transition", permitting the Haitians to "arrange their departure", and their government to prepare for their arrival.
Following a ruling sent down by Donald Trump's administration on Monday (Nov. 20), 59,000 Haitian people who were allowed admittance into the US for work and livelihood following the country's 2010 quake, now have to return to their homeland after the Temporary Protected Status initiative will end in 2019.
The Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) called DHS officials' decision regarding Haitian TPS recipients "inhumane".
Duke is weighing in the status for 57,000 Hondurans, after having extended the expiration date by six months from its original January 5 deadline.
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"Those extraordinary but temporary conditions caused by the 2010 natural disaster no longer exist", a statement from the US Department of Homeland Security said.
Hasan Shafiqullah, Attorney-In-Charge of the Immigration Law Unit at The Legal Aid Society says that once the TPS re-registration period is announced in the coming days, affected Haitians will be able to contact The Legal Aid Society at (844) 955-3425 or [email protected] to schedule a renewal appointment, "at which we will also screen applicants for other, hopefully, more permanent forms of immigration relief".
The Haitians are among several groups of foreigners living in this country under TPS, some of them for decades, and awaiting a decision on whether their status will be renewed.
But the Trump administration has repeatedly noted that the program was meant to be temporary, and not a way for people to become long-term legal residents of the United States. According to the World Bank, $2.3 billion was received by Haiti in 2016, and personal remittances accounted for 29% of the country's GDP though not all were from those residing in the US.
A decision on 195,000 recipients from El Salvador is expected in January. Then-Secretary John Kelly agreed to extend it for another six months but indicated that status likely would not be renewed again.
A State Department official said the United States has worked with the Haitian government to prepare for the return of its citizens. Its decision will have an immediate and serious impact on individuals, families, and communities in Florida, and a consequential and enduring impact on our friends in Haiti.
The senior official who briefed reporters, said that the 18-month "wind-down" period for the Haitians was enough time "to allow families with US -born children to make decisions about what to do, and make arrangements". "With immigrants under TPS contributing so much to our communities, it is not only a matter of conscience but of common sense". She said it could have repercussions far beyond TPS status for a single nationality.