On Tuesday, Haitian immigrants decried a decision of the United States to end a program that granted 59,000 Haitians temporary visas after the earthquake of the year 2010, saying they would be sent back to a country that has yet to recover from that disaster and others since. The immigrants from Haiti and their supporters rallied to reject the DHS Decision for the termination of TPS for Haitians, at the Manhattan borough in New York on the 21st of November 2017. The United States offered Temporary Protected Status which is abbreviated as TPS to Haitians after the January 2010 earthquake killed about 300,000 people and devastated the country that has been the poorest in the Americas for a long period of time.
The administration of the former President of the United States Barack Obama extended the program a number of times because of the fact that the conditions in Haiti were too dire to send the beneficiaries home. The administration of the current President of the United States Donald Trump, after previously granting an extension of about six months, announced on Monday that it would end TPS for Haiti in July 2019. Any of the Haitian's who cannot obtain another kind of United States visa will be subject to deportation back to the Caribbean nation, where some victims of the earthquake are still homeless and the country is wobbling from Hurricane Matthew, political instability and a cholera outbreak at the same time.
Sebastian Joseph who is 26 years of age and a Haitian immigrant living in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn where Haitians and a lot of the other Caribbean's are concentrated stated that they are just left in a void now. He said the virtually all the Haitians want to stay in the United States, where they have carved out a niche for themselves in construction and healthcare services such as caring for the elderly and sick. Joseph also said that America has been the home of free for more than about 200 years and everybody wants to come to America. In this situation a lot of people will simply have to go back to nothing. The supporters of Trump note that the visa program was always meant to be temporary and that Trump had run a 2016 presidential campaign promising restrictive immigration policies. In this regard, at least one Haitian who received TPS in Brooklyn accepted that ultimately, she must have to return.