Trump faces criticism for ending temporary Haitian residency program

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Trump faces criticism for ending temporary Haitian residency program

The Trump Administration is ending a temporary residency program that allows Haitians to live in the United States.

Thousands moved to Florida in 2010 after a powerful earthquake shook the Caribbean nation. Many took to the streets near President Trump’s private, Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach to voice their anger.

CGTN’s Nitza Soledad Perez reports.

Haitian residents are in a fight for their lives after the Trump administration cancelled a humanitarian program sheltering Haitian migrants. As many as about 60,000 Haitians living in the U.S. will have to return to the island within 18 months.

Haitians in the U.S. have been shielded from deportation after the devastating 2010 earthquake leveled the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. The U.S. government said that conditions are now stable for them to return.

A group of immigrants chanted and marched as close as they could get to President Trump’s private club in Florida, Mar-A Lago. Many activists are wondering what will happen with the 19,000 children that are recipients of Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

Supporters of TPS have said the White House is ignoring the plight of those who still live in Haiti, which endured two major hurricanes this past summer. The new policy could forever change the destiny of many U.S. citizens forced to return to a struggling nation.

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