The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will discontinue allowing Haitians to obtain temporary agricultural and seasonal visas, CNN reports.
According to the news outlet, the move comes amid concerns about the Trump administration’s sentiments towards natives of that country. Broader restrictions on legal immigration are also brought into question with the latest development.
The announcement was reportedly published in the Federal Register on Thursday. It removes Haiti from a list of eligible countries for the H-2A agricultural and H-2B non-agricultural temporary permits.
Approximately 80 countries are eligible for the temporary worker permits, with the list being published every year. While it is quite unusual for countries to be removed from the list, it does occur at times.
In addition to the country ofHaiti, Belize and Samoa were also removed from the list of nations that would be allowed to apply for a temporary work visa in the United States of America.
The DHS defended its decision for each country, saying that Belize is being excluded because it is included in the country’s list of nations that do not meet standards on human trafficking and do not seem to be making efforts to do so, the notice stated.
Samoa was removed because it does not take back its deported nationals from the U.S. and Haiti was removed due to “extremely high rates of refusal,” “high levels of fraud and abuse and a high rate of overstaying” their visas once they expire.
“Haiti has shown no improvement in these areas, and the Secretary of Homeland Security has determined, with the concurrence of the Secretary of State, that Haiti’s inclusion on the 2018 H-2A and H-2B lists is no longer in the U.S. interest,” the notice says.
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