DHS grants deportation amnesty for 100,000 Haitians

  

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Via:  vic-eldred  •  3 weeks ago  •  10 comments

By:   Stephen Dinan (The Washington Times)

DHS grants deportation amnesty for 100,000 Haitians
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced Saturday he was opening a new grant of Temporary Protected Status for Haitians living in the U.S., saying that country's unrest is so bad that people shouldn't be forced to return home.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced Saturday he was opening a new grant of Temporary Protected Status for Haitians living in the U.S., saying that country’s unrest is so bad that people shouldn’t be forced to return home.

Advocacy groups said perhaps 100,000 Haitians living in the U.S. — many of them illegally — can be protected. TPS grants them a deportation amnesty and allows them to obtain legal work permits, Social Security numbers and some taxpayer benefits.

“Haiti is currently experiencing serious security concerns, social unrest, an increase in human rights abuses, crippling poverty, and lack of basic resources, which are exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr. Mayorkas said.

The move is the latest in the Biden administration’s effort to reinvigorate TPS, adding hundreds of thousands of people to the ranks of protection in little more than four months.

By contrast, the Trump administration had sought to rein in the program, which has become controversial because the grants, while supposedly temporary, often stretch for decades.

Indeed, tens of thousands of Haitians are still here under protections from a TPS grant issued in 2010, after a major earthquake devastated the country.

Those beneficiaries will be able to renew their status, and Haitians who arrived since then can also now apply.

“The situation in Haiti remains dire, which is why TPS remains a lifeline for Haitian families fleeing environmental degradation, violence and extreme poverty in their home country,” said Murad Awawdeh, executive director for The New York Immigration Coalition.

Haiti is experiencing a wave of kidnappings and killings, which comes on top of an already high level of violence that pervades the island nation.

Natural disasters, political unrest or pandemics have all been cited as reasons for TPS.

Meanwhile, President Jovenel Moïse has been accused of governing as an autocrat, with his plans for upcoming elections on changes to the Constitution sparking deep divisions.

TPS is supposed to grant a temporary reprieve from having to return home to a country facing upheaval.

The status is supposed to be lifted once conditions in the country improve.

But until the Trump administration, many of the major TPS grants were renewed almost automatically.

Migrants from El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras have been living in the U.S. for two decades under grants that date back to the turn of the century.

Democrats on Capitol Hill are pushing legislation that would grant TPS holders a pathway to citizenship, arguing once here they should be given permanent status.


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Vic Eldred
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1  seeder  Vic Eldred    3 weeks ago

“Haiti is currently experiencing serious security concerns, social unrest, an increase in human rights abuses, crippling poverty, and lack of basic resources, which are exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr. Mayorkas said.

So is about half the planet.  That is not enough for TPS status. The program has been abused. Nobody has standing to sue, so Biden will get away with it.

 
 
 
charger 383
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2  charger 383    3 weeks ago

Now we are stuck with them, too

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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2.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  charger 383 @2    3 weeks ago

It's all about replacing the population

 
 
 
Kavika
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2.1.1  Kavika   replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1    3 weeks ago

So you're a believer in the replacement theory?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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2.1.2  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Kavika @2.1.1    3 weeks ago

It's another conspiracy theory/s

 
 
 
Kavika
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2.1.3  Kavika   replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1.2    3 weeks ago
It's another conspiracy theory/s

No, actually it isn't and it's well documented. So are you a believer in the replacement theory or not?

 
 
 
Gazoo
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2.2  Gazoo  replied to  charger 383 @2    3 weeks ago

Hopefully they’re not still pissed off about the clinton’s screwing them.

 
 
 
Ronin2
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3  Ronin2    3 weeks ago

Just what we need. We can't take care of the people we have; but lets bring in more and make them permanent residents. Many that will be dependent on government subsidies. It is not like we don't send US taxpayer money to Haiti trying to improve things; and when disasters strike. Or that we have enough money to take care of US citizens.

On September 18, the American people provided an additional $24.4 million in development assistance to Haiti.  The agreement between the U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Government of Haiti, through the Ministry of Planning and External Cooperation, will improve development outcomes throughout Haiti in the health, education, agriculture, and government sectors, among others.

U.S. Ambassador to Haiti Michele Sison noted:  “USAID Haiti works to improve health and education outcomes, advance economic and food security, and strengthen the independence and accountability of Haitian government institutions. To date, USAID has also provided $13.2 million to support Haiti’s COVID 19 response efforts, including infection prevention, case management,  improved water and sanitation and more through local partner organizations.”

This latest agreement brings USAID’s total assistance to Haiti to more than $1.8 billion since 2011.  These funds are in addition to the $75.5 million in development assistance granted by USAID in April and brings the U.S. government’s total contribution to Haiti to approximately $100 million for 2020.  Furthermore, to date the U.S. government has provided more than $16 million in COVID-19-related assistance, which includes USAID, U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) support for Haiti’s COVID-19 response.

We must be throwing away our money if things over there are still so bad. Funneling money to these countries doesn't work; no matter how much we send we still end up with more (many will be illegal) immigrants demanding to stay in the US forever.

 

 
 
 
Texan1211
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3.1  Texan1211  replied to  Ronin2 @3    3 weeks ago

For about the same amount of money, we could have given every single Haitian $10 US and probably have seen better results for the general population.

And that's only for last year.

 
 
 
Gazoo
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3.2  Gazoo  replied to  Ronin2 @3    3 weeks ago

America last. That’s what we’re stuck with for the time being.

 
 
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