Fearful of end to Temporary Protected Status, protesters face Haitian president

Haitian president speaks at Little Haiti Cultural Center

LITTLE HAITI, Fla. – Haitian protesters fearful about the possible ending of the U.S. Temporary Protected Status program confronted Haitian President Jovenel Moïse.  

Activist Marleine Bastien was concerned when Moïse canceled a meeting on Friday morning to discuss the program that is protecting some 58,700 Haitians who arrived during the first year after the devastating 2010 earthquake. 

Protesters feel Moïse, who met with Vice President Mike Pence and Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, isn't doing enough to advocate for them. During a meeting at the Little Haiti Cultural Center on Friday night, Moïse talked about his "Caravan of Change."

Kelly decided to extend the program until Jan. 22 and warned those under TPS to prepare to return to Haiti next year. Next year, the TPS program will also expire for 263,000 people from El Salvador and some 86,000 from Honduras. 

Senators Marco Rubio, Edward J. Markey and Robert Menendez are among those asking President Donald Trump's administration to grant the TPS extensions. 

About the Authors: