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As TPS Draws to a Close, Haitians Immigrate to Canada

Screen Shot 2017-08-04 at 1.50.18 PMWith TPS protections in the U.S ending for Haitian immigrants in January, Haitian TPS holders are starting to seek other alternatives.  According to the Mayor of Montreal,  2,500 Haitians have arrived in Montreal, Canada since July through the U.S. following the announcement that TPS may be ending.

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Worried that the door of freedom is closing under Trump, Haitians are fleeing to Canada

Jacqueline Charles and Harold Isaac, Miami Herald 

August 3, 2017

Worried that the door to freedom is closing in the United States under President Donald Trump, Haitians are flocking to Canada to seek asylum.

“According to my sources: 2,500 new arrivals in July (U.S. border refugees),” Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre tweeted in French on Wednesday.

Canadian immigration officials weren’t able to say how many of the refugees making the border crossing from northern New York into Quebec are Haitian. But Frantz Benjamin, the Haiti-born chairman of the Montreal City Council, believes at least half of the estimated 6,500 asylum seekers that have arrived since January are Haitians prompted by Trump’s hardline on immigration. The number also includes individuals from several Muslim-majority nations banned by Trump.

“It’s clear for us that the new politic of Donald Trump, the new president of the United States, has created a panic that today has a lot of people believing that their future isn’t in the United States and by ‘any means necessary,’ they will get to Canada,” Benjamin said. “But we want to make it clear, Canadian law hasn’t changed.”

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