What will happen to the Haitians living in American on Temporary Protected Status?
The Trump Administration and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security DHS recently decided to end temporary protected status (TPS) for the approximately 60,000 Haitian immigrants who had been allowed to legally remain in the country following a deadly earthquake. Haitians here on TPS have until July of 2019 to leave the country voluntarily or face deportation. The decision to end TPS for Haitians will impact not just immigrants, but American Citizens as well. Our immigration lawyers explore how Trump’s immigration policies are affecting the elderly and others below.
Losing Healthcare Workers
Many of the 60,000 Haitians who have remained in the United States following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti have chosen to work in the healthcare industry. Nursing homes in Massachusetts alone report employing about 4,300 Haitians. These skilled workers are of critical importance in a field already low on workers. With our population aging by the year, more nurses and other healthcare workers are needed to assist those in living facilities and in-home care settings.
Haitians are not the only group being affected by new immigration policies. Nationally, it is believed that over one million immigrants work in the healthcare industry, comprising one out of every four workers. Immigrants under the Trump Administration are fleeing due to loss of their protected status or simply fear. Thousands of Haitians are believed to have already fled to Canada.
As the American workforce loses more immigrant workers, particularly in vital fields like home health care, both private and public employers will be affected. Already healthcare employers are struggling to hold onto their employee base as they lose employees to
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