“Throughout its history, Haiti has had to endure a disproportionate share of natural disasters, the worst of which was the 2010 earthquake that killed nearly 300,000 people. Just two years ago, the island nation was struck by Hurricane Matthew, which killed 600 people and caused catastrophic damage to its infrastructure and the agriculture industry that so many people depend on for work and to feed their families.
“This latest earthquake, while thankfully less destructive, is an acutely unfortunate setback for Haiti, which was trying to make a comeback and desperately needs and deserves all of the breaks it can get. I fear this latest disaster could add even more years to the amount of time the nation still needs to recover from previous natural and manmade disasters. That the United States would even consider ending Temporary Protected Status for Haitian nationals legally living and working here is imprudent and inhumane. Haiti is struggling to rebuild and the contributions TPS holders send back home are essential to that effort.”