Mi Familia Vota Urges DHS to Heed Bipartisan Rejection of Planned Expulsion of Haitians from U.S. By 2019

11.21.2017

For Immediate Release

Nov. 21, 2017

Contact: Denise Lopez | denisel@mifamiliavota.org | 559-393-3398

Mi Familia Vota Urges DHS to Heed Bipartisan Rejection of Planned Expulsion of Haitians from U.S. By 2019 

WASHINGTON, DC — Following the Trump Administration’s decision to end a humanitarian program for 59,000 Haitians who came to the U.S. after a devastating 2010 earthquake, Mi Familia Vota (MFV) lauds Republican and Democratic lawmakers who are urging the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to reconsider the decision.

Tens of thousands of Haitians relocated to the U.S. and received Temporary Protective Status (TPS) after an earthquake devastated Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Under the order, Haitians who received TPS and were allowed to work in the U.S., must leave by July of 2019 or face deportation and separation from their families.

“The ending of TPS for Haitians proves the contempt that the Trump administration has for immigrants,” said Ben Monterroso, MFV executive director. “Even under humanitarian circumstances, the president and DHS are unwilling to consider the impact that this will have on the health and safety of human beings who are our neighbors and friends.”

The president ignored requests from the Haitian government to extend the protected status.

In Florida, Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen were among lawmakers who called on DHS to reverse the order. Ros-Lehtinen said she traveled to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and again in 2016 after Hurricane Matthew. “I can personally attest that #Haiti is not prepared to take back nearly 60,000 #TPS recipients under these difficult and harsh conditions,” the congresswoman said in a post on Twitter.

Nelson also stated on Twitter: “There is no reason to send 60,000 Haitians back to a country that cannot provide for them. This decision today by DHS is unconscionable. And I am strongly urging the administration to reconsider. Ultimately, we need a permanent legislative solution.”=

Monterroso noted the recent decision by Trump to rescind TPS for about 2,500 Nicaraguans.

“As MFV works to reject the anti-immigrant crusade of the Trump administration, we agree with the lawmakers that a permanent legislative solution for this and other immigration issues is what is needed,” Monterroso said. “If this Congress does not act, we will work hard to elect a new Congress that treats immigrants with dignity and respect.”

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