The Trump administration plans to end the Temporary Protected Status of around 60,000 Haitian refugees displaced by the 2010 Haitian earthquake.
TPS allows citizens of other countries to seek asylum in the U.S. when their homeland is in a state of crisis such as war or natural disaster. After extending the TPS in May, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly adviced Haitian refugees to begin considering their future residency plans.
In a statement obtained by CNN, the Department of Homeland Security said the expiration of the TPS was looming.
“Based on all available information, including recommendations received as part of an inter-agency consultation process,” the statement read. “Acting Secretary Duke determined that those extraordinary but temporary conditions caused by the 2010 earthquake no longer exist. Thus, under the applicable statute, the current TPS designation must be terminated.”
“Donald Trump’s cruelty knows no bounds,” Perez said.
“As the proud son of two immigrants who fled an oppressive regime, I’m disgusted at the President’s heartlessness,” Perez said. “With this decision, Trump is tearing families apart and turning his back on the values that have made our country great.”