Back in the United States, Haitian immigrants and their supporters are protesting the Trump administration’s move to end temporary protected status, or TPS, for nearly 60,000 Haitians, including many who came to the United States after the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The decision will end a program that allows some Haitians to live and work in the U.S., and could see them face deportation by July of 2019. In Palm Beach, Florida, hundreds of protesters gathered near President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago golf club Tuesday. And in New York City, Haitian Americans and elected officials gathered outside a U.S. immigration office. This is New York state Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou.
Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou: “I just think it’s really inhumane and unconscionable, really, for the president of the United States to do this to folks who have, side by side, helped us to make our country better, make our country stronger. And, you know, I just hope that he will show more compassion. And I hope that our Congress will show thoughtfulness and humanity when it comes to issues like this one.”