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Protesters are rallying at Mar-a-Lago against the end of protected status for Haitians


Updated November 21, 2017 12:21 PM EST

The Trump administration announced Monday that it is ending a temporary residency permit program that has allowed more than 60,000 Haitians to live and work in the U.S.

Protesters plan to voice their opposition to the move on Tuesday outside President Trump's Mar-a-Lago home in Florida. The Rally for TPS Extension & Permanent Status is started at 11 a.m on Tuesday.

Organizers plan to call for renewal of the program -- known as Temporary Protected Status -- as well as a "clean" Dream Act for the children of immigrants, according to the event's Facebook page.

The program was put in place after a powerful earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, but the Department of Homeland Security said conditions in the island nation have improved significantly. The program will be extended one last time, until July 2019, to give Haitians time to prepare to return home.

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"Since the 2010 earthquake, the number of displaced people in Haiti has decreased by 97 percent," Homeland Security said in a statement. "Haiti is able to safely receive traditional levels of returned citizens."

But advocates, including Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), said conditions in Haiti haven't improved enough to justify deporting the Haitians.

"Forcing them to leave the United States would be detrimental," Diaz-Balart said in a press release. "Almost eight years later, Haiti remains in total disarray and still requires much rebuilding."

Haiti remains one of the poorest countries in the world, with nearly a quarter of the population living on less than $1.23 a day.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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