Allowing TPS to expire would affect communities across the United States, including the “happiest place on Earth.” Approximately 500 Disney employees will face deportation if their temporary protected status, a designation that allows more than 50,000 Haitians to legally reside in the U.S., is not renewed. Both Disney and Unite Here, the union representing many of the workers, support TPS extension; in a statement, Walt Disney Co. lauded the 500 workers’ integral roles in, and long-term commitment to, the Disney community and stated that the current situation in Haiti renders TPS extension necessary.
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Hundreds of Haitian Disney employees may have to leave U.S.
Sandra Pedicini, Orlando Sentinel
April 25, 2017
About 500 Walt Disney World employees could be affected by a federal immigration agency’s recommendation that the United States soon end temporary protections for about 50,000 Haitians.
Tens of thousands of Haitians in the United States when a massive earthquake struck in 2010 were invited to apply for temporary protected status. That has been extended several times because of the island nation’s woes including Hurricane Matthew, a cholera epidemic and political turmoil.
On Thursday, USA Today reported Citizen and Immigration Services’ acting director James McCament was recommending the U.S. end the temporary protections by next January, saying conditions there have improved.
Both Disney and Unite Here, a union that represents many of the company’s workers, say the protections should be extended.
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