Earlier this month, President Trump sparked outrage when he announced his decision to end provisional residency protection for 60,000 Haitians by 2019 for those who were affected by the devastating 2010 earthquake. Trump's decision to curtail their stay comes after his administration stated that the "extraordinary conditions" that plagued Haiti "no longer exist."
In a new interview with Billboard, Wyclef Jean blasted the president's decision to oust his fellow Haitians from the United States and not renew their temporary protected status.
"I've been talking about that TPS for a minute now. I saw it coming. I saw the policies, but what I'm gonna do, I'm definitely gonna say one thing, which I stand by: The country of Haiti right now, we cannot afford to take 50,000 Haitians to go back home right now," Jean tells Billboard. "It's almost like you're sending them back like, 'Oh, OK, the earthquake is gone.' You're sending people back like, 'OK, let me them send back on a starve mission.' It's like you're sending them back to die. We don't support that."