>> Nearly 60,000 Asian immigrants living in the US must leave the country by July 2019 or face deportation due to the Trump administration's decision to end their temporary protected status. Citizens of the Caribbean island were granted asylum for 18 months in the US by former President Barrack Obama, after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, killing more than 300,000 people.
Obama's administration extended that status several times given the island's devastation. But current acting Homeland Security Secretary, Elaine Duke, now says that a review of conditions shows the country has made significant progress, making it safe for Haitians to return. If not done so in 18 months, they must legalize their US status to avoid being deported.
The decision to end the temporary relief is part of Trump's broader efforts to tighten restrictions on immigration and comes despite calls from even some fellow Republicans to continue the protection. Those include Florida senator, Marco Rubio. Who published an opinion piece in the Miami Harold Friday, urging the administration to renew Haiti's designation for another 18 months.
Citing ongoing natural disasters, health epidemics, and security issues since the 2010 quake.