In the wake of the controversy surrounding Trump’s slurs about Haiti, El Salvador, and many nations in Africa, the Department of Homeland Security has decided to end H-2A and H-2B temporary visas for Haiti, as well as Belize and Samoa. H-2A refers to visas granted for temporary agricultural work, and H-2B refers to visas for temporary non-agricultural work.
DHS provided reasoning for taking each of these countries off of the list of eligible countries, citing in the case of Belize, a lack of concern with sex trafficking in the country, and for Samoa, a lack of re-admittance of deported Samoan nationals. For Haiti, the reasoning cited was a high rate of visa overstays. The statistics provided by DHS, stated a 39% overstay rate, compared to 28% for Guatemala and 29% for the Philippines (CNN). Other countries with overstay rates higher than that of Haiti, were already taken off the list of eligible countries.
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti, is for the most part the only other way in which Haitians can live and work in the U.S. TPS is an immigration option that was offered in the wake of the earthquake that struck the country eight years ago, but has undergone its own problems in recent months with renewal delays.
Our Verdict: The timing of this ban on H-2 visas for Haitians, reinforces the derogatory comments made by Trump last week, driving in the point that the White House does not want immigrants from these countries to come to the United States. His narrow and bigoted views must continue to be criticized and rejected.