Trump Rescinds Haitian Visas

By Free Radicalimages

Earlier this month President Donald Trump was on the receiving end of a hostile backlash in response to him referring to several African and Latin American nations as shi——- countries. While his remarks are undoubtedly reprehensible, his policies towards individuals from these countries have been described as even more sinister.

Several Haitian immigrants have had their H-2A and H-2B visas revoked as a result of a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) policy change. The visas grant workers from other countries to come to the United States to perform seasonal labor. In mid January, Haiti was removed from the list of countries eligible for these visas.

The DHS cited “high levels of fraud and abuse” for the decision which curiously came one week after Trump made his shi——- comment.

The DHS reported that 40% of Haitians who used the program stayed after their requisite time expired. Yet critics of the decision say that the number of Haitians who take advantage of the program is so small, removing Haiti does not make the United States demonstrably safer. Only 54 Haitians were given H-2A visas from March to November 2017 while the number of Haitians who took advantage of the H-2B program in 2016 was too small to report.

While the number of visa recipients is minuscule, many observers say that the program has an immense impact. Since beginning in 2012 under the Obama administration, they have provided an economic outlet for few Haitians who were devastated by a 2010 earthquake that struck the country.

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