The Trump administration is ending a humanitarian program that has allowed some 59, Haitians to live and work in the United States since an earthquake ravaged their country in , Homeland Security officials said on Monday. Haitians with what is known as Temporary Protected Status will be expected to leave the United States by July or face deportation. The decision set off immediate dismay among Haitian communities in South Florida, New York and beyond, and was a signal to other foreigners with temporary protections that they, too, could soon be asked to leave. About , people now benefit from the Temporary Protected Status program, which was signed into law by President George Bush in , and the decision on Monday followed another one last month that ended protections for 2, Nicaraguans. Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, is still struggling to recover from the earthquake and relies heavily on money its expatriates send to relatives back home. The Haitian government had asked the Trump administration to extend the protected status. He has been working at La Guardia Airport as a wheelchair attendant, sending money to family and friends back home. He said he feared for his welfare and safety back in Haiti now that his permission to remain in the United States was ending. Haitians are the second-largest group of foreigners with temporary status.
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This year's films highlight the diversity of Haitian life and culture. All films are free and open to the public. Parking available across Trent Drive in the Pickens parking lot. The Other Side of the Water follows the dramatic year journey of a group of young immigrants who take this ancient music from the hills of Haiti and reinvent it on the streets of Brooklyn. We discover a 90 year-old rebel searching for eternity, at the top of his poetic art, with the brilliance of a great writer who dreams of living in "the great house of the humanities.
Skip to content. Women wear costumes as they take part in Carnaval in Jacmel, Haiti. The similarity between Carnaval and Mardi Gras in New Orleans is just one connection the two places share. In , when the Haitian Revolution ended and Haiti became indpendent, thousands of white, free black and enslaved people fled to New Orleans, doubling the city's population in just a few months. Today, many New Orleanians, black and white, trace their ancestral roots to Haiti. But you can still see that Haitian influence everywhere in the city, from the architecture to the music to the food, says Kaplan-Levenson. A lot of these dishes come from Haiti," she says.