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Haitians Temporary Protected Status Ending

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Children stand next to United States and Haitian flags as they hold signs in support of renewing Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for immigrants from Central America and Haiti now living in the United States, during a news conference Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Miami. (Lynne Sladky/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 21 November 2017 11:17 AM

Haitians receiving Temporary Protected Status in the United States will see that benefit end in 18 months, Elaine Duke, the acting secretary of Homeland Security announced Monday in a statement.

The 18-month period, ending July 22, 2019, will allow an "orderly transitions" for some 60,000 Haitians who lived in the U.S. with the Temporary Protected Status designation to return to the island nation, Duke said in the statement.

The Washington Post reported that Haitians are part of the 300,000 foreigners, the majority of them illegal arrivals from Central America, living here under the TPS program.

The program was created in 1990 to shield foreign nationals from deportation if the executive branch determined that natural disasters or armed conflict in their countries had created instability or precarious conditions, the Post said.

"Based on all available information, including recommendations received as part of an inter-agency consultation process, Acting Secretary Duke determined that those extraordinary but temporary conditions caused by the 2010 (Haitian) earthquake no longer exist," the Homeland Security statement said.

"Since the 2010 earthquake, the number of displaced people in Haiti has decreased by 97 percent. 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 returned citizens. Haiti has also demonstrated a commitment to adequately prepare for when the country's TPS designation is terminated," the statement continued.

The Post wrote that while past administrations had regularly renewed their status and many now have American-born children, the Trump administration has repeatedly pointed out that the program was meant to be temporary and not meant for long-term legal residency.

Some in Congress went to social media to complain about the decision, charging that uprooting Haitians who have been in the United States for seven years sends the wrong message.

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