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Did President Trump break a promise to Florida’s Haitian population?

Gwen Graham said Trump "lied to Florida’s Haitian community on the campaign trail and stabbed them in the back." Is she right?
A protester waves the Haitian flag during a march to President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, where he spent the Thanksgiving holiday in West Palm Beach. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
A protester waves the Haitian flag during a march to President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, where he spent the Thanksgiving holiday in West Palm Beach. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Published Dec. 18, 2017

With Election Day 2016 approaching, then-candidate Donald Trump traveled to Miami to earn the support of a group of Haitian-Americans.

"Whether you vote for me or you don't vote for me, I really want to be your greatest champion, and I will be your champion," he said at the Little Haiti Cultural Center.

Flash-forward more than a year later: Trump ordered almost 60,000 Haitians — many of them from Florida — to leave the United States or adjust their immigration status by July 2019.

The Trump administration's Nov. 20 decision came after a review of the Temporary Protected Status for Haitians who arrived after the 2010 earthquake. This announcement prompted outrage from Republicans and Democrats in Congress, including former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, a Democrat in Florida's governor's race.

"Donald Trump lied to Florida's Haitian community on the campaign trail and stabbed them in the back," Graham said in a Nov. 29 news release.

We can't say whether Trump "lied," as Graham asserted. But we wanted to take a closer look at what Trump said and let readers decide for themselves.

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