Haiti's president Moise tells worried immigrants to calm down

Haiti's president plans to ask for a yearlong extension of U.S. immigration privileges granted to Haitians after a 2010 earthquake.

Published: 18th June 2017 05:11 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th June 2017 05:11 AM   |  A+A-

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, left, talks with Haiti's President Jovenel Moise during a press conference in the National Palace in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday May 31, 2017. | AP

By Associated Press

MIAMI: Haiti's president plans to ask for a yearlong extension of U.S. immigration privileges granted to Haitians after a 2010 earthquake.

The Department of Homeland Security has said more than 50,000 Haitians legally living and working in the U.S. to plan to return home when their employment and residency benefits expire in January.

The Miami Herald reports (http://hrld.us/2sET16t ) that at the Little Haiti Cultural Center on Friday, Haitian President Jovenel Moise said Haitians worried about losing their "temporary protected status" should "calm down," since his government will request a 12-month extension.

Moise said he raised the issue with Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at a security conference Thursday, and he said the deportations of tens of thousands of Haitians was "not what they have in mind."

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