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DHS sought negative information on Haitians ahead of canceling protections

Protesters call for protection for Haitian refugees. Photo: AP

Protesters call for protection for Haitian refugees.  Photo: AP

Washington, May 18 (RHC)-- Newly-revealed documents show that the Donald Trump administration sought negative information about Haitian immigrants ahead of its decision to end temporary protected status for nearly 60,000 Haitians, including many who came to the United States after the devastating 2010 earthquake. 

In one e-mail obtained by the National Lawyers Guild and the NYU Immigrant Rights Clinic, senior Homeland Security official Kathy Nuebel Kovarik asked her staff for data on the number of Haitian TPS holders who were on public assistance; how many had been convicted of crimes; their travel habits; and how much money they had remitted to Haiti. 

The revelation follows a Washington Post report that several senior officials at the Departments of State and Homeland Security resigned after the Trump administration ignored advice from its own diplomatic experts and canceled TPS for tens of thousands of Honduran immigrants. 

Edited by Pavel Jacomino
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