Tens of thousands of Haitians will soon lose their protection from expulsion from the United States. Many were allowed to reach the US UU After a powerful earthquake shook the nation in 2010. The earthquake caused damage by billions of dollars and killed 300,000 people. Around 1.5 million were injured and an equal number was displaced.
This week, an official of the Trump administration told reporters that the conditions in Haiti had improved, according to his words, "in such a way that they no longer prevent the citizens of Haiti from returning safe and sound." "
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) will be suspended for nearly 60,000 Haitians who live and work in the US on July 22, 2019. They must return to Haiti on that date or request permission to remain in the US  Opponents of the administration's decision point out that Haiti has recently been hit by three damaging hurricanes and that it continues to suffer from a deadly spread of cholera, and last week, the Protection Office Civil confirmed that at least five people had died and 10,000 homes were flooded after rainy days.
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is a Republican member of the House of Representatives of the United States.Many Haitians live in the southern part of the United States. Florida that she represents. "She harshly criticized the administration's decision.
On Twitter, she wrote:" I traveled to Haiti after the earthquake in 2010 and after Hurricane Matth. ew in 2016. So, I can personally certify that Haiti is not prepared to recover almost 60,000 TPS beneficiaries under these difficult and hard conditions. "
Activists call on Congress to create a permanent solution for Haitians who have lived in the United States since 2010.
Lys Isma spoke with reporters this week, her family fled to the United States from Haiti when she had She said her community, in her words, "is tired of living 18 months at a time." We need a permanent solution.
In May, the Department of Homeland Security extended the TPS for Haitians for six months. The Haitian government requested a one-year extension. The department said the extension would allow Haitians with TPS the time to obtain travel documents and make plans to leave the United States. The department also said the extension gives the Haitian government time to prepare for the return of its people. "
Paul Altidor is Haiti's ambbadador to the United States, telling VOA that his country would welcome the return of those whom he called "our brothers and sisters." But he said that Haiti was not ready to accept the immediate return of tens of thousands of citizens.
Several thousand Haitian immigrants entered the United States illegally in Canada in the summer. They have requested asylum there.
The Center for Migration Studies says that most of the Haitians who are part of the TPS program have been living in the United States for 13 years and have 27,000 children who are citizens of the United States. More than 80 percent have jobs and 6,200 have mortgage loans, says the research group.
Haitian immigrants live mainly in South Florida, New Mexico. to York, New Jersey and eastern Mbadachusetts.
The TPS ended in Sudan in October. On January 8, the Trump administration will decide what to do with the more than 130,000 people in El Salvador also under TPS.
Earlier this month, the administration canceled the protection of thousands of Nicaraguans who fled to the United States after Hurricane Mitch in 1998. The Trump administration said it would decide in July whether to cancel the protection of 57,000 Hondurans who also fled the country. hurricane.
Elaine Duke, the interim secretary of National Security, admitted that families would face "difficulties" if their protections are canceled. He called the Congress to find a permanent solution.
I'm Phil Dierking.
VOANews.com reported this story. Vole Creole Service provided additional reports. Christopher Jones-Cruise adapted the report for VOA Learning English. Caty Weaver was the editor.
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