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Attendees at a community forum collect handouts with information on immigration services. Many members of Boston’s Haitian community have been worried about the fate of their Temporary Protected Status which enables them to live and work in the U.S. The Trump administration announced Monday Haitians' TPS status would end. (Shannon Dooling/WBUR)MoreCloseclosemore
Attendees at a community forum collect handouts with information on immigration services. Many members of Boston’s Haitian community have been worried about the fate of their Temporary Protected Status which enables them to live and work in the U.S. The Trump administration announced Monday Haitians' TPS status would end. (Shannon Dooling/WBUR)

In the wake of a devastating earthquake in 2010, the federal government offered Haitians living in the U.S. temporary protected status, or TPS. Under TPS, Haitians living in the U.S. were offered protection from deportation.

Under the Obama administration, TPS for Haitian citizens was extended every 18 months. The Trump administration says it will only extend the program for six more months. Meaning thousands could be subject to deportation beginning in January.

We look at what this means for thousands of Haitians living in Massachusetts.

Guest

Linda Dorcena Forry, state senator representing the 1st Suffolk district. She tweets @ldforry.

Susan Church, chair of the New England Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She tweets @susanBChurch11.

This segment aired on May 22, 2017.

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