Extension of work permit for over 4,650 Haitian on TPS in the U.S.
In last year November, 2017, U.S Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ended the work permit for 4,650 Haitians on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) but extended whose applications were still pending as of July 20, 2018, report dated. The announcement came from the Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson.
Temporary protected status (also called "TPS") is given to eligible nationals of designated countries who are present in the United States. The status, accorded to nationals from some countries affected by armed conflict or natural disaster, allows persons to live and work in the United States for limited times. In November 2017, while withdrawing the TPS, the Trump administration informed 59,000 Haitians, living legally in the United States, of self-deportation. But it gave them time until July 22, 2019, to do it. To enter the TPS program, nationals of a designated country must not have any criminal record, pass a background check and pay a processing fee $495.
Haiti was covered by Temporary Protected Status since shortly after the 2010 earthquake that killed as many as 316,000 people and displaced 1.5 million more. Following that disaster, came cholera epidemic and a 2016 hurricane that destroyed much of the country's Southern peninsula. As per Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke's statement, the number of displaced people in Haiti has decreased by 97%. "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 returning citizens." However, Haitian officials have argued that they can't reabsorb 59,000 people back into the country just yet. Republican Senator Marco Rubio agreed, and argued for TPS protections to be extended for 18 months, with an option to keep them after 2019, rather than terminating them at that point.
Currently, about 320,000 persons from ten countries--Haiti, El Salvador, Syria, Nepal, Honduras, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, Nicaragua; and South Sudan--have temporary protected status in the U.S.
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