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US could be paving way to deport 50,000 Haitians by Thanksgiving

Published:Wednesday | November 8, 2017 | 4:14 PM
Children stand next to United States and Haitian flags as they hold signs in support of renewing Temporary Protected Status for immigrants from Central America and Haiti now living in the United States, during a news conference Monday, in Miami. – AP

A letter from the United States Department of State could pave the way for deporting 50,000 Haitians by the Thanksgiving holiday later this month.

Haitians currently enjoy a reprieve from certain US immigration rules that were waived after the 2010 earthquake.

Washington Post reports that the State Department has ruled that conditions have improved enough in Haiti and in Central America to resume normal immigration rules in those regions.

The position comes days before the Department of Homeland Security is expected to announce whether to renew the special status regime.

The Miami Herald reports that political leaders in Miami-Dade, Florida – home to the largest concentration of Haitians protected by the special status, known as Temporary Protected Status, have urged President Donald Trump to continue the waiver.

However, the paper quickly added that the State Department decision could be a prelude to that status being lifted.

More than 300,000 Central Americans and Haitians living in the United States under a form of temporary permission no longer need to be shielded from deportation, the State Department told Homeland Security officials, the Post reported.