Trump To Ban Haitian And Shithole Immigration

Trump To Ban Haitian And Shithole Immigration

He tweeted on January 12, in the wake of the reports about his language that he has "a wonderful relationship with Haitians".

DHS announced the change less than a week after President Trump in a White House meeting reportedly asked why the USA was taking immigrants from "shithole" countries like Haiti and African nations. Never said "take them out".

The DHS allows U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to grant H-2A and H-2B visas to citizens of roughly 80 countries, so that they may travel to the fill temporary job openings.

The Trump administration has ended a program that helps employ Haitians who came to the US after a devastating 2010 quake. The announcement is scheduled to be published by the Federal Register on Thursday, exactly a week after U.S. President Donald Trump referred to African nations and Haiti as "shithole" countries during an Oval Office meeting on immigration reform. Trump defended his harsh language, but later denied using the language reported.

In the filing, which was posted online, the DHS said Haitian nationals "have historically demonstrated high levels of fraud and abuse and a high rate of overstaying the terms" of their USA admissions.

The DHS reported 65 Haitians entered the US on H-2A visas in 2016, while 54 Haitians were granted H-2A visas by the department between March and November 2017.

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Belize was removed from the list due to risks connected to human trafficking, while Samoa was removed for not accepting back citizens who'd been ordered to leave the USA, according to the filing.

Michael Clemens, a senior fellow at the non-partisan Center for Global Development, told NBC News that hundreds of Haitians get visas to the United States through these seasonal and agricultural visas because it is the best option for them.

Sixty-five Haitians entered the United States on H-2A visas, given for agricultural work, within the 2016 fiscal year, Reuters reported, citing DHS information, and 54 Haitians have been granted H-2A visas by the State Department between March and November 2017.

The Trump administration on Wednesday put an end to a program created to help employ Haitians who came to the US after a devastating 2010 natural disaster.

"They're just cutting off the most economically beneficial visa for the Haitian people", Sarah Williamson, founder of PTP Consulting, Virginia company that ran a program for Haitian natural disaster victims, told Reuters. Officials in Haiti were not immediately available for comment.

But, in an interview with Reuters on Wednesday, Trump praised Haitians.

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