Deporting Haitians will be expensive in the United States

News 9 December, 2017
  • Photo archive Benoît Philie
    Nearly 10,000 migrants have crossed the border in an irregular manner that was passing by rang Roxham Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, in Montérégie.

    Anne Caroline Desplanques

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    The approximately 50 000 Haitians at risk of expulsion by the administration Trump are for the most part of graduates, sometimes even owners and parents of american children, whose departure may deal a hard blow to the U.s. economy.

    Washington has recently repealed the temporary protected Status (TPS) granted to Haitians, a temporary residence permit which some have for over 20 years and does not allow them to obtain a permanent status.

    Like them, the Salvadorans and the Hondurans are under threat of expulsion, Washington believed that their countries of origin are now safe enough to return home.

    However, these three communities have a total of more than 300 000 people deeply rooted in their host countries.

    Tax payers

    What are the “migrants’ productive, tax payers and law-abiding, ” says the Center for Migration Studies of New York, as their status forbids them any legal gap.

    The research centre stresses that Haitians are the most educated of the three communities and speak mostly English perfectly, which makes workers ‘ popular companies.

    The Center for Migration Studies has published in August a statistical portrait of the Haitians, Salvadorans, and Hondurans beneficiaries of a GST.

    A hole 164 billion $

    This portrait shows that more than half of these migrants have children born on u.s. soil, more than 80 % work, 30 % have a mortgage and 11 % have created their own business.

    If all went out, ” the United States would lose $ 164 billion in gross domestic product over the next decade “, calculates the Center for American Progress.

    On the canadian side, the member of parliament Emmanuel Dubourg, of haitian origin, was dispatched to New York a few weeks ago to counter a new wave of immigration, such as that of last summer.

    To those who think to follow in the footsteps of some 10,000 asylum-seekers who have crossed illegally the border since the summer, Mr. Dubourg reminds us that ” only 10 % of applicants are accepted “.

    It stresses that the applicants rejected may be at risk of deportation to Haiti well before July 2019, the date that has given the organization Trump to leave the United States.

    How much are they ?

    • 50,000 Haitians
    • 47 400 16 years and over
    • 78 % have 25 or more years
    • 27 100 homes

    What economic role do they play ?

    • 81 % are employed (compared with 63 % of Americans)
    • 81 % live above the poverty line
    • 57 % had health insurance
    • 10 % are unemployed
    • 4 % have created their own business
    • 23 % have a mortgage
    • 45 000 $ : average household income (56 000 $ for the average American)

    What is their training ?

    • 96 % speak a little English
    • 75 % speak well – English only
    • 71 % have completed secondary
    • 37 % have post-secondary education

    Where do they live ?

    • Florida: 32 500
    • New York: 5200
    • New Jersey: 3400
    • Massachusetts: 2700
    • Pennsylvania: 1400
    • Connecticut: 1200
    • Georgia: 1100
    • North carolina: 1000