Ronyde Christina Ponthieux had a few stern words for President Donald Trump after his administration announced plans to end the temporary protection status for Haitians affected by the 2010 earthquake that rocked their nation.
The 10-year-old expressed the heartache thousands of people may be feeling in her nearly five-minute video where she appeals to Trump as a father and husband for a change of heart.
“We are not criminals. Like my parents, like your parents, like you, they are hard working honest people who just want a safe place to raise their families,” she said in her video. “They have deep roots in their communities; they pay taxes; they contribute to the social, economic and the political fabric of this great nation.”
Ronyde and her father live in Florida where he is a nurse. Since 2010, many of the Haitians that were displaced by hurricane have been working in the U.S. to send their earnings back to their loves ones still at home. If Donald Trump’s administration continues with it’s plan. nearly 60,000 of these people will be forced to return back to nation that is not ready for them. By July 2019, the Temporary Protected Status designation for Haiti will end. The TPS is an immigration status that allows refugees to seek a safe haven after a major catastrophe like an earthquake.
“Based on all available information, including recommendations received as part of an inter-agency consultation process, Acting Secretary Duke determined that those extraordinary but temporary conditions caused by the 2010 earthquake no longer exist,” a Nov. 20 statement from the Department of Homeland Security said. “Thus, under the applicable statute, the current TPS designation must be terminated.”