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China Daily | Updated:2017-11-23 07:42Trump blasted over decision to repatriate nearly 59,000 people Haitian immigrants and supporters rally to reject the decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status for Haitians, in New York on Tuesday.Eduardo Munoz/reutersWASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump faced a backlash on Tuesday over his tough immigration policies after announcing that 59,000 Haitians who took refuge in the United States following the 2010 earthquake must return home.Lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle blasted the decision to repatriate the Haitians within 18 months, removing the Temporary Protected Status they received after the magnitude 7.0 tremor, which killed 300,000 people and destroyed much of Haitis capital Port-au-Prince.The administration of former president Barack Obama extended the program several times, finding that conditions in Haiti were too dire to send beneficiaries home.Hundreds of protesters rallied near Trumps Mar-a-Lago retreat in West Palm Beach, Florida – where the president was spending the Thanksgiving holiday – to voice their discontent over the move.”We are fighting and we are going to continue to fight for permanent residency,” said 38-year-old Myrtha Abraham, a Haitian hotel worker with TPS and a 7-year-old daughter who is a US citizen.”We have family, we have children, we have houses, we have jobs here.”For Wendi Walsh of Unite Here, a labor group helping organize the demonstration in Florida, “the announcement to end TPS is mean-spirited two days before Thanksgiving”.Not readyHaitians and their supporters also demonstrated in New York, warning that the decision would lead to breaking up families. Thousands of children have been born in the US to people under TPS protections.In Port-au-Prince, officials said they were grateful for the 18-month grace period, but residents voiced concern about the long-term repercussions.”We knew this program was only temporary,” said Haitis Ambassador to the US, Paul Altidor.The US decision announced on Monday by the Department of Homeland Security was expected. But critics said Haiti is not prepared for an influx of returnees.”Haiti is not ready,” said Marleine Bastien, director of Haitian Women of Miami.”It still has people displaced from the earthquake and from Hurricane Matthew. Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused even more damage, the cholera epidemic left 1.2 million people contaminated, there is no access to clean water infrastructure yet,” she said.”You look at the conditions on the ground, and Haiti is a textbook on TPS continuation.”In Canada, officials were girding for a potential surge of Haitians seeking asylum there. Many have already crossed the border from the US in recent months since the Trump administration signaled its intent to end TPS.”Weve been planning for every conceivable scenario,” Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said.Lawmakers from both parties representing districts with large Haitian communities – particularly in Florida and New York – lashed out against the decision.”There is no reason to send 60,000 Haitians back to a country that cannot provide for them. This decision today by DHS is unconscionable,” said Democratic Senator Bill Nelson, who represents Florida.Marie Parfait, a 58-year-old woman from Port-au-Prince who lives in Miami and works as a dishwasher, said: “Nothing in Haiti. Nobody there for me. If Mr Trump doesnt give me residency, Im lost. Please, President Trump, give me residency because I like this country, I like America. … Im not going anywhere.”Afp – Reuters – Xinhua – Ap PhotoS. Korean students take all-important college entrance examHistoric images of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince PhilipUS ending its temporary permits for Haiti refugeesJapan shoemakers make stridesThanksgiving story: US presidents and pardoned turkeysLi tells Japanese business leaders its time for bilateral cooperationMost Viewed in 24 HoursExclusiveAfricans in China portray their own stories in filmFamily of Chinese man killed in US relives memoriesChinese elements in western mainstream mediaWeekly PhotoThe world in photos: Nov 13-19NewsmakerMedia group launches app to aid fight against povertyBeatles stolen diaries, glasses recovered from auction houseSpecialPresident Xi attends APEC meetingUS President Donald Trump visits ChinaReporters JournalGentrification, segregation cause for concern in growing DCTimes Square stunt drives home a bittersweet realityChina-JapanLi tells Japanese business leaders its time for bilateral cooperationChina-USAllied POWs ordeals brought back to lifeChina-EuropeAmbassador sees new chapter of China-UK co-opChina-AfricaHuawei launches Mate 10 series in KenyaBACK TO THE TOPHOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELWATCHTHISSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperMOBILECopyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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