The Donald Trump presidency has come with unfortunate unprecedented and unwelcome changes to society. As many step up and take sides, vocally speaking out and protesting the Trump administration, many organizations making moves to ensure the projected policies do not hinder the progression of immigrants from foreign nations. One of the most recent moves comes from the NAACP, filing suit against the Trump Administration for ending protected status for Haitian citizens.
The NAACP announced a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security over the Trump administration’s decision to end the temporary protected status, better known as TPS for thousands of Haitians living in the United States. Over 40,000 Haitians currently reside in the U.S. under TPS which gives aid to immigrants from countries affected by war torn countries or those affected by natural disasters granting them protection from deportation and the ability to work.
TPS, extended to Haitian immigrants in 2010 by President Obama is planned to be reversed as the Trump administration continues to attempt to erase anything the former president set into place. Former Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke supported this decision by saying “extraordinary but temporary conditions caused by the 2010 earthquake no longer exist” in the country.
This announcement came as a shock to many yet the work just began. The The NAACP Legal Defense Fund, an organization separate from the NAACP will represent the NAACP and the Haitian members. The lawsuit has been filed with the U.S. District Court in Maryland,on behalf of Haitian members of the organizations who are protected under the TPS program.
The end of the TPS program for Haitians does not take effect until July 2019 to allow time for what the DHS called an “orderly transition