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Haitian community responds to extended deportation protections

Haitian community responds to extended deportation protections
Haitian community responds to extended deportation protections
Posted at 5:34 PM, May 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-23 14:15:43-04

(WTXL) - The Trump Administration is extending humanitarian protections for Haitian immigrants living in the United States until at least January.

The temporary protected status for 50,000 Haitians was set to expire in July. The status protects the Haitians from deportation.

It was implemented after a 2010 earthquake devastated parts of Haiti.

Locals in the Haitian community talked about the decision to extend their protection status and why they believe it needs to implemented.

Haitian-Americans, lawmakers and the Haitian government have been urging the Trump Administration to leave the protections in place.

They say the country is still not ready to take back immigrants who have been living abroad.