In an interview with Tucker Carlson of Fox News, attorney Steve Forester of the Institute for Democracy and Justice in Haiti struggled to explain why the U.S. should keep thousands of Haitian nationals in the country who were granted temporary protective status (TPS) to remain in the United States. Forester explained, “These people have been here seven to 10 years before the earthquake of 2010. They've been hard working people. Sending back. Remittances have been the chief form of foreign aid: $1.3 billion from the U.S. alone in 2015.” He added that thousands of Haitians on the island continue to depend on that income.
 
Carlson averred what Forester said, but asked “Why is that good for America? No one ever factors that in. I know that’s great for Haiti and I like Haitians. But isn’t fair to say ‘What is in it for our country?’” The Fox News host noted that the U.S. has problems of its own, such as unemployment.
 
Forester pointed to the Disney company, which he said is in support of TPS out of concern for 500 of its Haitian workers who would be affected. He also noted that the Haitian government wants an extension of TPS because conditions on the island are “too precarious” due to the prevalence of cholera, and the damage caused by the 2010 earthquake. Forester claimed that there would be serious repercussions for Haiti if the 50,000 Haitians in the U.S. currently under TPS were to return.
 
Responding with some irony, Carlson said, “Disney would have to pay more to its workers in the United States. And we can’t have that.”



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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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