US to end protected status for Haitians in July 2019

WASHINGTON, Nov 20 (Reuters) - The United States will end in July 2019 a special status given to about 59,000 Haitian immigrants that protects them from deportation, senior Trump administration officials said on Monday.

"It was assessed overall that the extraordinary but temporary conditions that served as the basis of Haiti's most recent designation has sufficiently improved such that they no longer prevent nationals of Haiti from returning safely," a senior Trump administration official told a briefing.

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Haitian migrants seek new life on Mexico/US border
A Haitian migrant looks out of his rental apartment in Tijuana, Mexico, February 26, 2017. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido 
Haitian migrant, Rigo, 29, looks at his mobile phone inside his rental apartment in Tijuana, Mexico, February 26, 2017. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido 
A Haitian migrant carries wood to build a house in a neighbourhood know locally as "Haitian Villa," where a family of Haitian migrants will live at Canon del Alacran in Tijuana, Mexico, February 25, 2017. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido 
Haitian migrants build a house in a neighbourhood know as "Haitian Villa" in Canon del Alacran in Tijuana, Mexico, March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido 
A Haitian migrant looks in the refrigerator inside his rental apartment in Tijuana, Mexico, February 26, 2017. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido 
A Haitian migrant cooks in her rental apartment in Tijuana, Mexico, February 26, 2017. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido 
A Haitian migrant sits on a bed at his rental apartment in Tijuana, Mexico, February 26, 2017. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido 
A Haitian migrant throws a saw to a carpenter as they build a house in a neighbourhood know locally as "Haitian Villa", where Haitian migrants will live in Canon del Alacran, Tijuana, Mexico, March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido 
A Haitian migrant looks at his mobile phone as he builds a house in a neighbourhood know locally as "Haitian Villa" in Canon del Alacran in Tijuana, Mexico, March 4, 2017. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido 
People walk past a building where Haitian migrants rent apartments in Tijuana, Mexico, February 26, 2017. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
Haitian migrants hold a wall as they build a house in a neighbourhood know locally as "Haitian Villa," where a family will live at Canon del Alacran in Tijuana, Mexico, February 25, 2017. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido 
Haitian migrants comb their hair near an neighbourhood known locally as the "Haitian Villa" where houses are being built for families of Haitian migrants at Canon del Alacran in Tijuana, Mexico, February 25, 2017. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
A Haitian migrant lays cement as he builds a house at neighbourhood known locally as "Haitian Villa," where a family of Haitian migrants plans to live at Canon del Alacran in Tijuana, Mexico, February 25, 2017. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido 
A Haitian migrant at the street from his rental apartment in Tijuana, Mexico, February 26, 2017. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido 
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(Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Eric Walsh)

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