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U.S. Should Extend Temporary Protected Status For Haitians

New York Times: Don’t Send 50,000 Back to Fragile Haiti
Editorial Board

“Tens of thousands of Haitians living in the United States are facing an ominous deadline. The temporary protected status that has allowed them to live and work here legally since 2010 — the year an earthquake devastated their country and left them unable to return safely home — is set to expire on July 22. Unless the homeland security secretary, John Kelly, decides to renew it, about 50,000 Haitians will lose their welcome here and be vulnerable to deportation. … Haiti has made only a fitful recovery from the quake, which all but destroyed the national government and left hundreds of thousands homeless, and ensuing disasters have deepened the country’s misery. Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 ravaged Haiti’s southwest peninsula, killing more than a thousand people and laying waste to villages and farmland. A cholera epidemic that erupted after the earthquake has not been subdued. … Temporary protected status is where United States law joins practicality and humanitarian compassion. … Before [Kelly] decides to send [these Haitians] back … we hope he considers what advantage there could possibly be in sowing greater instability in Haiti, deepening its poverty, and subjecting so many people to such pointless cruelty. Rather than make a desperate situation intolerably worse, he should extend America’s welcome to the Haitians once again” (4/29).

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