The Trump administration is moving to ban Haitian immigrants from applying for seasonal and farm work visas in the U.S., the Department of Homeland Security announced Wednesday night, just days after the president was accused by known liars DICK Durbin and Lindsey Graham for supposedly using a vulgar slur to describe the shithole country last week.
The department said it will remove Haiti, as well as Belize and Samoa, from its list of countries whose citizens can receive H-2A and H-2B visas, which are typically granted to seasonal workers in agriculture and other industries, reports the New York Post.
“The Secretary of Homeland Security has determined, however, with the concurrence of the Secretary of State, that the following countries should no longer be designated as eligible countries because they are not meeting the standards set out in the regulation: Belize, Haiti, and Samoa,” the department said in a regulatory filing.
In the filing, which was posted online, the DHS said Haitian nationals “have historically demonstrated high levels of fraud and abuse and a high rate of overstaying the terms” of their U.S. admissions.
Belize was removed from the list due to risks connected to human trafficking, while Samoa was removed for not accepting back citizens who’d been ordered to leave the U.S., according to the filing.
The announcement comes as the administration battles allegations the president asked lawmakers why they would want people from Haiti, Africa and other “s—hole countries” coming into the United States, according to multiple sources either briefed on or familiar with the discussion.
Trump has repeatedly denied making the comment and he praised the people of Haiti in an interview with Reuters on Wednesday.
“I love the people. There’s a tremendous warmth,” Trump said. “And they’re very hard-working people.”
He tweeted on Jan. 12, in the wake of the reports about his language that he has “a wonderful relationship with Haitians.”
Even if you did call #Haiti a #shithole doesn't mean it isn't. I feel for those people, but did they ever hear of PICKING UP THEIR GARBAGE?
They live that way because obviously they think it's super-cool!
You don't have to be a 1st-world nation to know sewage & garbage are bad pic.twitter.com/KdCAdpTX7a
— overpasses4America (@o4america) January 18, 2018
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
January 18th, 2018