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Why the Haitian Diaspora Has an Important Role to Play in US Elections
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Why the Haitian Diaspora Has an Important Role to Play in US Elections

By Jake Johnston The Florida Democratic primary is only a week away, and as candidates turn their attention to the…

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Brace Yourself Haiti

By Jocelyn McCalla

]Haitians can say goodbye to Temporary Protected Status (TPS). In the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, President Barack Obama saw fit to use his discretion to grant this exceptional status to Haitians stranded in the US because of the extensive damage suffered by their country. The operative keyword is discretionary authority. At his discretion the president can grant TPS for a period of 18 months — which Obama did in 2010 — and extend this status for another 18 months or less depending on whether conditions in the country under consideration have sufficiently improved to allow an orderly return of the individual beneficiaries. President Trump is unlikely to extend TPS further for Haitians. In fact, he is unlikely to extend TPS for many other nationals who have benefited from such a measure.