By Rebecca Savransky
May 09, 2017
The Trump administration is looking for evidence of crimes by Haitian immigrants, The Associated Press reported.
The move comes as the administration is reportedly mulling whether to let Haitian immigrants stay in a program that has prevented tens of thousands from being deported since an earthquake.
The AP obtained internal U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) emails that also showed the agency’s policy chief wants to find out how many of the 50,000 Haitians in the program are getting public benefits for which they are not technically eligible.
“I do want to alert you … the secretary is going to be sending a request to us to be more responsive,” Kathy Nuebel Kovarik, the USCIS head of policy and strategy, wrote on April 27, according to the news service.
“I know some of it is not captured, but we’ll have to figure out a way to squeeze more data out of our systems.”
“Please dig for any stories (successful or otherwise) that would show how things are in Haiti – i.e. rebuilding stories, work of nonprofits, how the U.S. is helping certain industries,” Kovarik wrote on April 28.
“We should also find any reports of criminal activity by any individual with [Temporary Protect Status]. Even though it’s only a snapshot and not representative of the entire situation, we need more than ‘Haiti is really poor’ stories.”
According to the AP, the Homeland Security Department said Secretary John Kelly hasn’t yet decided the future of the Temporary Protect Status program for Haiti.
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