NATIONWIDE — The clock is ticking for 60,000 Haitian refugees who came to the U.S. after an earthquake devastated their homeland in 2010.
The Trump Administration is ending a temporary residency permit program that's allowed them to live and work in the U.S.
The Department of Homeland Security says conditions in Haiti have improved significantly, so the benefit will be extended to give Haitians time to prepare to return home.
But advocates say the conditions haven't improved nearly enough for Haitians to be deported.
"They have been building community. They have a community here. They have their homes here. Their children go to school here. You are literally uprooting somebody from a community that we welcomed them in," said Claudia Muñoz with Grassroots Leadership.
While Haiti has made advances pushed by international aid since the quake, it remains one of the poorest nations in the western hemisphere.
Roughly a quarter of the population is living off $1.23 a day.