U.S. to expand Haitian eligibility for deportation relief program

Reuters, by Andrea Shalal & Ted Hesson, May 22, 2021

The United States will expand Haitian eligibility for a humanitarian program that grants deportation relief and work permits to immigrants who cannot safely return to their home countries, the Department of Homeland Security said on Saturday.

A new designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) will cover an estimated 150,000 Haitians already living in the United States, Democratic Senator Bob Menendez said in a statement praising the decision.

“After careful consideration, we determined that we must do what we can to support Haitian nationals in the United States until conditions in Haiti improve so they may safely return home,” DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement, citing security concerns, increased human rights abuses, “crippling poverty and lack of basic resources.”

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