10 years after earthquake, Haitian refugees in eastern N.C. face uncertain future

By Jared Weber

Sylvie Pognon opened a thrift shop on Center Street in Mount Olive, N.C. last September. Pognon is a U.S. citizen, but she supports the members of the local Haitian community who have temporary protected status and are anxious about President Trump’s efforts to terminate it. (Jared Weber / Carolina Connection)

Monday marks 10 years since a magnitude-7.0 earthquake devastated Haiti. After the quake, many survivors took advantage of a program that allowed them to come to the United States to find work and rebuild their lives.

More than 1,500 of those Haitian refugees settled in the eastern North Carolina town of Mount Olive. But now, the Trump administration may force them to leave. Jared Weber reports.

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