The Trump administration said Monday it is ending a temporary residency permit program that has allowed almost 60,000 citizens from Haiti to live and work in the United States since a 2010 powerful earthquake shook the Caribbean nation.
Since the 2010 earthquake, the number of displaced people in Haiti has decreased by 97 per cent, therefore the American government views the nation as now safe.
This removal of temporary residence is likely to affect Canada as many Haitians are likely to choose the empty border as their next destination rather than returning to Haiti.
Canada saw a large scale spikes over the summer when Donal Trump removed the temporary status of 5,300 Nicaraguans. Advocates for Haitians say conditions in the island nation haven’t improved nearly enough for Haitians to be deported and that therefore a move to the north is likely.
Context: Haiti has made advances spurred by international aid since the quake, but the nation remains one of the poorest in the world. A quarter of the population, live on less than $1.23 a day, which authorities there consider extreme poverty.
Peacekeeping Ends: The United Nations last month ended a peacekeeping mission in Haiti that, at its peak, included more than 10,000 troops.
Potential Subterfuge: There have been rumors that an organization within America is actively feeding groups false information with hopes that they immigrate to Canada.