Currently, there are roughly 50,000 Haitians in the United States with “temporary protected status” and singer, Wyclef Jean is hoping to help them remain here.
The artist and activist is persuading fans to pressure lawmakers to support renewing the Haitians’ benefits program for those displaced from the 2010 earthquakes on their Caribbean homeland by former President Barack Obama.
As reported by ABC News, James McCament, President Donald Trump’s acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, has said Haiti is stable enough for its citizens to no longer need protection from deportation.
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According to emails obtained by The Associated Press, Trump appointees have sought evidence that Haitian immigrants have committed crimes. They apparently wanted the information before announcing whether the temporary protected status would continue.
“There’s a workforce of Haitians in every sector of business, and I don’t think we should overlook that,” Jean said. “We come to this country, we work hard, and we don’t break the law.”