A senior official in the administration of President Donald Trump has been quoted by CBS News as saying that the US will not be granting protected status to people fleeing hurricane destruction in Bahamas.
It’s something the Trump administration had said was a possibility, as the White House seeks to restrict the flow of immigrants into the country.
Some persons are permitted to live and work in the United States under a program known as Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
It is estimated that some 300,000 have qualified after fleeing their countries because of war, hurricanes, earthquakes or other conditions that make life dangerous in their native countries.
According to NBC News the status would have allowed Bahamians to work and live in the U.S. until it is deemed safe to return home.
Bahamians will be permitted to enter the United States temporarily if they have the correct travel documents, but will not be granted work permits, it was reported.
“The Bahamians impacted by Hurricane Dorian are facing a humanitarian crisis and the American government, international partners and private organizations continue to support them with aid and services,” an unnamed White House official told CBS News.
The comments came Saturday as a new potential storm lurks near the Bahamas.
The Nassau Guardian is reporting that Abaco, the Berry Islands, Bimini, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama and New Providence are all under a tropical storm warning after it was announced that an area of disturbance in the central Bahamas is expected to develop.
It will earn the name Humberto if it does attain tropical storm status.
The Bahamas is still recovering from the ravages of Hurricane Dorian.
The death toll is now listed at 50 and the number of those reported missing had been revised from 2, 500 to 1,300 local media said this week.
As of Monday, 1,500 victims of Dorian had come to the U.S. after the hurricane swept through the Bahamas, according to NBC News.