President Extends Haitian Humanitarian Program to January 2018

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Pierrot Mervilier, center rear, hugs a girl that did not wish to be identified, living in the U.S. with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) after she and her family spoke to members of the media, Monday, May 22, 2017, in Miami. The Trump administration is going to extend humanitarian protections for tens of thousands of Haitian immigrants who have been living in the United States since a deadly earthquake. Administration officials said the TPS for roughly 50,000 Haitians will expire in December. A final decision about the long-term fate of those immigrants will be decided at a later date. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
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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.

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