President Donald Trump today faced a backlash over his tough immigration policies after announcing that 59,000 Haitians who took refuge in the United States following the 2010 earthquake must return home.
Lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle blasted the decision to repatriate the Haitians within 18 months, removing the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) they received after the disaster, which killed more than 200,000 people and destroyed much of Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince.
Hundreds of protesters rallied near Trump's Mar-a-Lago retreat in West Palm Beach, Florida -- where the president was expected to arrive later for the Thanksgiving holiday -- to voice their discontent at the move.
"The announcement to end TPS is mean-spirited two days before Thanksgiving," said Wendi Walsh of Unite Here, a labour group helping organise the demonstration.
"These are people who have jobs here, who have houses, who have children here who are American citizens.... At this point
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