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Haitians Must Leave the U.S.

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The Haitian Flag (Picture taken by Pixabay).

The Haitian Flag (Picture taken by Pixabay).

The Haitian Flag (Picture taken by Pixabay).

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In 2010, a terrible earthquake hit Haiti and destroyed many integral products of the land. The people of Haiti needed a safe place to live, and most left their homeland to come to the U.S. for a fresh start. However, the fleeing residents were only allowed into the U.S. because they were protected by a policy called “Temporary Protected Status”. Sadly, for the Haitians, that fresh start is now coming to an end. They will soon have to move back to their home country because the Trump Administration has allowed 18 months for the Haitians to find a way to become legal citizens.

“I do not think that this is a fair decision. Immigrants obviously moved here for a reason: to make a better living for themselves. Why would you send them back after they have worked so hard to get what they want and need to support themselves?” says freshman Shaniah Ochoa.

“Temporary Protected Status” is an act passed by congress that was put in place to avoid sending large numbers of people back to areas that suffer from war or disaster. The 59,000 Haitians who have been living in the U.S. since the hurricane are expected to either leave by July 2019 or face deportation. The decisions made by the Trump Administration have sparked a lot of controversy since the announcement was made.

“I think that the Temporary Protection Status is a good program. It helps protect people from disasters and other events. Though, I think that it is kind of unfair to these people because they have established their lives here. I do not think it was an unfair decision because they knew when they came that it was temporary. They knew what they were getting into,” says sophomore Kasey Lauren.

About 32,000 people in the U.S. are protected by Temporary Protected Status. Concern spread throughout the U.S. Haitian community and other people who are protected by the act. Nicaraguans, Hondurans, and El Salvadorans have also been told that they will soon have to leave. However, Haitians are the second largest group of foreigners who are protected by the status.

“[Haitians] should be given a chance to find a way to somehow become a citizen. They should be able to stay until they are able to go back home, so, if Haiti is recovered, or whenever it gets recovered, if they are not U.S. citizens, then they should have to go back. It will be okay to send them back in larger numbers now because they came in large numbers,” says sophomore Maddie Gagne.

Though Haiti’s conditions are much better than before, the nation is still recovering from the earthquake because it is the poorest country in the western hemisphere. Should America help Haiti to recover economically, then? Haiti also suffered from more disasters after the earthquake, such as a post-earthquake cholera epidemic that killed thousands of people. Less than two years ago, another hurricane hit, which damaged about 80% of homes in the area.

“These people work everyday jobs. If Haitians leave, all the hard work they do will go to waste. I think that it is good that immigrants came to start a new life because everyone deserves a chance to start over. They don’t know what they are being sent back to,” says senior Jordan Steele.

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