Immigrant rights advocates are outraged after the Trump administration announced its "cruel and shameful" decision to end a program that has allowed some 59,000 Haitians to temporarily live and work in the United States since a catastrophic magnitude 7 natural disaster ravaged the island nation in 2010.
The Trump administration says it will end the temporary status that shelters almost 60,000 Haitians from deportation, saying the island nation has sufficiently recovered from devastating disasters to take its citizens back.
Seven years after the initial designation and after study of the situation, acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine C. Duke concluded that "those extraordinary but temporary conditions caused by the 2010 quake no longer exist", said a senior administration official who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity.
Duke's decision to end TPS for Haitian citizens comes on the heels of her move earlier this month to end the status for 2,500 recipients displaced from Nicaragua after Hurricane Mitch struck the Central American nation in 1999. "Nicaraguans, Hondurans, now Haitians", she wrote.
While Komite Ayiti members plan to attend the demonstration, Bienaime said, many are fearful to speak publicly about the situation because they don't want to draw attention to themselves at a time when their future is uncertain.
But advocates and some politicians said Haiti has not improved enough for those protected to face deportation. The agency extended the program for six months in May, instead of the usual 18. A United Nations military force has left, though an worldwide police force remains.
Supporters of the programs say recipients have become too deeply rooted in USA society and should not be deported.
Immigration advocates have said it is wrong and unfair to consider sending large numbers of immigrants back to troubled countries, particularly Haiti.
"You could see the hurt in our communities, people looking for the help that is needed", the congresswoman recalled. About 30,000 children have been born in the U.S.to Haitian parents who are in the country due to temporary status.
These Haitians must leave the U.S.by July 2019 or face deportation.
The group called on Congress to change the law to allow immigrants now covered by temporary status to stay.
"Mr. President, please suspend this order", she said.
"I wanted to come here for a better life".
Acting U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke briefs at the White House, Sept. 28, 2017 in Washington, DC. About 300,000 people are now living in the US with TPS, and the countries now designated for its protections, according to the DHS website, are El Salvador, Honduras, Nepal, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
Democrats are also threatening to hold up the federal 2018 budget unless the GOP and President Donald Trump agree to provide a no-strings amnesty for at least 3 million so-called "Dreamer" illegal immigrants - including the 690,000 DACA beneficiaries - plus the 350,000 TPS holders.