After a Monday (Nov. 20) ruling handed down by the Trump Administration, 59,000 Haitian people who were allowed admittance into the U.S. for work and livelihood following the country’s 2010 earthquake will have to return home to Haiti by July of 2019.
According to the New York Times, the Federation for American Immigration Reform’s President Dan Stein said this program was meant to have a termination date. “The notion that this would be reflexively renewed again and again is a corruption of the entire concept,” he said. “It’s not a refugee program or an immigration program. It’s supposed to be reviewed and it’s supposed to be temporary.”
In 2010, a magnitude 7 earthquake rocked Haiti to the core. This left many many Haitians with no homes, no jobs, no schools and no health services. Over 320,000 people lost their lives as a result of the quake as well. For these reasons, then president Barack Obama's administration renewed the Temporary Protected Status program until the country could regain its economic footing.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, the Haitian government is ready to handle the returning citizens, but many of those affected still worry about what their future will hold for them in their home country.