The United States are determined to go on with their anti-immigration measures. The latest plan of the Trump administration is banning the Haitian immigrants from applying for seasonal and farm work visas. The change was announced by the US Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday night, less than a week after President Trump reportedly referred to countries like Haiti, El Salvador  and African nations, as “shi*hole” countries, questioning in an Oval Office meeting why the US has to take in immigrants from such countries.

According to a DHS report posted online the reason behind the Haitian immigrants ban is “high levels of fraud and abuse and a high rate of overstaying the term”. A DHS report published last year, said that 40 percent of the Haitians benefiting from the non-immigrant visas, including H-2As and H-2Bs had overstayed in the US in the 2016 fiscal year.

The decision has been objected and criticized by many. Supporters of the visas claim the seasonal working visa  gave Haitians a great opportunity to legally work in the United States, and help fund the recovery of Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, which killed more than 200,000 people.

Citizens of 80 countries of the world are eligible to apply for H-2A and H-2B guest workers program.

The Haitians farmers and other laborers became eligible to apply for this program in 2012, based on a decision of the Obama administration, in order to help Haiti after the deadly earthquake that devastated parts of the country.

Just a few dozen Haitians entered the United States on the visas each year since they were given

On the other hand, Trump administration announced earlier in November the end of a humanitarian program for Temporary Protected Status that let around 50,000 Haitians live and work in the US. in the wake of the earthquake. The immigrants were given time until July 2019 to either leave the country or apply for another status.

The US. the diversity visa lottery is not open to residents of Haiti.

Belize and Samoa have also been removed from the H-2A and H-2B guest workers program. According to the DHS filing, the first has been removed due to risks connected to human trafficking, while the latter for not accepting back its citizens ordered to leave the US.

On January 12th, the Us president denied having said anything offending for Haiti through a tweet.

“Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said “take them out.” Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings – unfortunately, no trust!”, he wrote.

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