The Trump administration Thursday removed Haiti as one of the three countries that are no longer qualified to receive H-2 visas. It is the worker’s program for the H-2A agricultural and H-2B non-agricultural visas that allow roughly 80 countries to work in the United States temporarily.
This comes at a very bad time for many Haitians because it is in the wake of the Trump administration decision to end TPS and the recent controversial remarks about Haiti being a ”Sh*thole country”.
The Department of Homeland Security justifies the reason for removing Haiti, along with Belize and Samoa. Belize was removed because of too much human trafficking and Samoa was removed because of refusal to take back their deported nationals. But for Haiti, DHS says Haiti has ”extremely high rates of refusal,” “high levels of fraud and abuse and a high rate of overstaying”, meaning they refused to go back once their visa expired. The statement went on to say “Haiti has shown no improvement in these areas, and the Secretary of Homeland Security has determined, with the concurrence of the Secretary of State, that Haiti’s inclusion on the 2018 H-2A and H-2B lists is no longer in the U.S. interest,”.