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According to reporter Jorge Rivas at Splinter, Trump officials actively looked for reasons to deport Haitians before terminating Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti. The discovery comes after reports exposed how the Trump Administration ignored the warnings of diplomats when they terminated TPS for six countries and over 300,000 people. You can read Rivas’ article here.
The excerpted article is available here:
On November 20, 2017, the Trump administration announced it would end Temporary Protected Status for Haitians. (The program allowed some 59,000 Haitians to live and work in the United States.) At the time, the administration said it was revoking the status because there was no longer a humanitarian need for it. But internal emails made public today show that in the months before the announcement, a top official at United States Citizenship and Immigration Services sought seemingly negative details about Haitian TPS holders.
The lawsuit previously uncovered a report written by USCIS staff that found the dire conditions that led to Haiti’s TPS designation in the first place hadn’t changed. Officials seem to have ignored the report in their decision to end TPS for Haitians.
The latest emails show that, in April 2017, Kathy Nuebel Kovarik, the chief of policy and strategy at USCIS, asked her staff to provide her with data showing how many Haitian TPS holders were on public assistance, how many had committed crimes, and how much money they were sending back to Haiti.