On November 20, the Department of Homeland Security announced that over 50,000 Haitians living in the United States for at least seven years would lose protection from deportation in July 2019.
Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-LA), Rep. John Conyers, Jr. and (D-MI), Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY) released a statement on the decision.
“We are outraged by the Trump Administration’s decision to end Temporary Protected Status for more than 50,000 Haitians who will now be forced to return home. The earthquake in 2010 killed more than 300,000 people, disrupted the function of civil society in Haiti, displacing families from their homes, closing schools and social service agencies, creating instability in government, and undermining the economy,” the members of Congress said.
The Trump Administration continues to take away deportation protections from long-term residents with temporary status, dismantling America’s commitment to refugees and asylum seekers, and aggressively targeting productive, long-term immigrants for deportation.
“Trump’s agenda is clear – he wants to delegitimize immigrants and immigration while playing to the xenophobic elements of the Republican political base,” said Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, a Member of the House Judiciary Committee.