Mark Moore, New York Post, January 18, 2018
The Trump administration will ban immigrants from Haiti — which the president included in his “s–thole countries” remark — from applying for temporary visas given to low-skilled workers, the Department of Homeland Security said.
The department said it would remove Haiti, Belize and Samoa from a list of more than 80 countries whose residents are eligible for H-2A and H-2B visas, which usually are granted for seasonal workers in agriculture and other industries.
DHS cited “high levels of fraud and abuse” by Haitians and their “high rate of overstaying the terms” of their visas in its decision, announced late Wednesday.
Haitians in the United States on a number of non-immigrant visas, including those cited by DHS, had an overstay rate of 39 percent in 2016, the department said.
Belize was dropped over concerns about human trafficking, while Samoa was excluded because it was not taking back deported nationals.