It was back in 2010 that an earthquake ravaged Haiti, a matter that caused the United States to sympathize with its citizens. Quite a significant number got an opportunity to live as well as work in the United States. A number of the Homeland Security officials on Monday came forward to reveal that the Trump administration was at the verge of terminating that humanitarian program.
By July 2019, it is expected that all Haitians with what is commonly referred to as Temporary Protected Status will have to leave the United States failure to which they will face deportation. The move has put a large number of foreigners, especially those with temporary protections in a state of worry. They have to leave with the reality that they might also be asked to leave anytime from now.
At the moment, about 320,000 persons are beneficiaries of the Temporary Protected Status program. This was a program signed into law back in 1990 by President George Bush. Monday’s decision followed another one that was made last month which ended the protections for 2,500 Nicaraguans.
Haiti happens to be one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. However, it has in the recent times been seen making efforts in a bid to recover from the natural calamity that struck it. The country has heavily relied on resources emanating from those expatriates that keep sending money to relatives back at home.
Gerald Michaud, a Haitian who lives in Brooklyn upon receiving the news said that it was a great shocker to him. He has spent a large part of his life working at La Guardia Airport where he served as one of the wheel chair attendants.
He has been actively sending money to relatives back at home. He revealed that over quite some time he had been harboring fears regarding his safety and welfare back in Haiti. It was a difficult time for him as he came to terms with the reality that his stay in the United States was coming to an end.
He opined, “The situation is not good in my country. I don’t know where I am able to go.”