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Available Expert - Trump ends provisional residency protection for 60,000 Haitians in U.S.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Queen’s University immigration and refugee expert Ali Bhagat is available for comment on the Trump administration’s decision to end provisional residency protection for 60,000 Haitians in the United States.

"The end of provisional protection for 60,000 Haitians is another disheartening attack against minorities in the United States,” says Mr. Bhagat. “While Trump is looking for an easy 'win' to satisfy his base, the end of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians comes at a time where conditions in Haiti – the poorest country in the Western hemisphere – remain unstable because of post-natural disaster circumstances.”

“The end of TPS for Haitians comes at a time where the Trump administration is already facing harsh criticism for their lack of support for Puerto Rico's current disaster and points to the overall anti-migrant and xenophobic sentiment of the Trump campaign. Trump has already ended TPS support for Sudanese and Nicaraguan migrants, a sharp contrast to the automatic renewal these groups received under Obama. Trump continues to face national and international resistance for his policies, particularly the 'Border Wall' and the 'Muslim Ban' and the end of TPS for Haitians will generate some backlash from both Republicans and Democrats alike--however, his base populist support will remain unwavering."


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