President Extends Haitian Humanitarian Program to January 2018

The Trump administration said Monday it will extend until January a humanitarian program that has allowed roughly 58,000 Haitians to live in the United States, but it is hinting that further extensions are unlikely.

Senior officials at the Department of Homeland Security said they “strongly encourage” Haitian recipients of Temporary Protected Status to “resolve their affairs to include obtaining travel documentation.”

“This six-month extension should allow Haitian TPS recipients living in the United States time to attain travel documents and make other necessary arrangements for their ultimate departure from the United States, and should also provide the Haitian government with the time it needs to prepare for the future repatriation of all current TPS recipients,”

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said in a prepared statement.” Temporary Protected Status was first granted by the Obama administration to Haiti in 2010 following a devastating earthquake that killed an estimated 220,000 and displacing 1.5 million.