- Dec 8, 2019
One of the Vatican’s top diplomatic voices has criticized U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent decision to end the Temporary Protected Status of thousands of Haitians taking refuge in the U.S., saying the country isn’t yet ready for the influx after a slew of natural disasters devastated the island nation.
Boston’s archbishop is decrying the Trump administration’s decision to end temporary protected status, or TPS, for tens of thousands of immigrants who fled hardship in Haiti. Cardinal Sean O’Malley says the government’s decision this week to end the special designation effective July 2019 runs counter to “the spirit of gratitude and generosity embodied in Thanksgiving.”
Following the decision by the Trump administration to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for 59,000 Haitians currently living in the United States, Austin Bishop Joe Vásquez, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, called the decision “deeply troubling” and warned that it would “tear individuals from their loved ones, homes, careers, and communities.”
On Wednesday October 11, Regis University presented the Opus Prize which includes one million dollars, to Sister Marilyn Lacey for her work in South Sudan and Haiti. All of the finalists work in difficult situations bringing hope to the hopeless.
An estimated 7,000 men, women and children, primarily Haitians, have entered Canada over the summer since U.S. President Donald Trump ended a program offering temporary asylum to Haitians displaced by that nation’s 2010 earthquake. The Quebec government has been using Montreal’s Olympic Stadium as one site to temporarily house people.
A choir of children from Haiti led by world-renown opera singer Andrea Bocelli sang for Pope Francis after his weekly general audience on Wednesday. The choir, called “Voices of Haiti,” is made up of youth ages 9-15 from the poorest areas of Haiti and are in Rome for their two-week-long European tour.