DHS to block Haitians from temporary visas

The announcement to be published in the Federal Register on Thursday will remove Haiti from a list of countries that are eligible for the visas, called the H-2A agricultural and the H-2B non-agricultural temporary permits.

Roughly 80 countries are eligible for the temporary worker programs, and the list is published every year. While it’s unusual, countries are removed from the list at times. Haiti is being removed along with Belize and Samoa.

The decision to exclude Haiti may raise questions because it comes in the wake of the administration’s decision to end Temporary Protected Status for nearly 60,000 Haitians who have been living and working legally in the US since the country’s devastating earthquake in 2010.