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Given 18 months to leave the U.S., Haitians granted special status are shocked and disappointed, but also relieved

Given 18 months to leave the U.S., Haitians granted special status are shocked and disappointed, but also relieved

In the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Crown Heights, East Flatbush and Canarsie, home to large Haitian populations, some residents prayed. Others just hoped.

Some made appointments with lawyers. Some residents went underground. Others left the country.

“The community is in a total panic,” labor organizer and attorney Ritha Pierre said on the eve of an announcement from the federal government about temporary legal status for Haitian immigrants.

On Monday night that announcement finally came, with the Homeland Security Department saying that 59,000 Haitian immigrants with so-called temporary protected status, or TPS, could

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