Haitians with TPS need to start planning

Starting in February, Haitians began showing up at the low-cost health center run by Borinquen Medical Centers of Miami-Dade worrying about what they’ll do if the federal government ends the program that protects them from deportation.

Anxious and scared, they’re searching for answers if the Trump administration decides they must return to Haiti, which is still struggling to rebound from a 2010 earthquake, a deadly cholera epidemic and a hurricane last year.

“They are scared of what’s going to happen to their kids, of what’s going to happen to them,” said Emma Manuella Fleurimont, a mental health counselor at one of the centers.

“Some of them have been living here for years. They have everything here. They have nothing in their country,” Fleurimont said. “Imagine someone who came from Haiti after the earthquake. They lost their house, maybe family members, and now you tell that person you’re going to send them back to Haiti. What is this person going to do?”

Haitian community members attended a community meeting with a group of immigration attorneys in Little Haiti Friday morning informing Haitians with TPS what their options are should the immigration relief not be renewed by the Trump administration.


PEDRO PORTAL


pportal@miamiherald.com

With a decision looming on Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, advocates have stepped up protests, urging the Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to extend immigration benefits for Haitians. On Friday, several South Florida immigration attorneys sought to offer answers to some of the legal questions…

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