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Hastings Introduces House Concurrent Resolution Expressing Support for Temporary Protected Status for Haitian Nationals Residing in the United States

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Washington, January 4, 2017 | comments

(Washington, D.C.) Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) introduced a resolution in support of the Secretary of Homeland Security granting Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for those Haitian nationals currently residing in the United States and unable to return to Haiti due to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Matthew last year. (Please find attached a copy of the resolution):

“Today, I am proud to continue my efforts to help the people of Haiti build a strong and vibrant democracy,” said Hastings. “Hurricane Matthew inflicted terrible and substantial damage on an already hurting Haiti, and we must do all that we can to ensure that the people of Haiti, and the country itself, are placed in the strongest position possible to achieve the country’s fullest potential.

“When Hurricane Matthew made landfall, Haiti had still not fully recovered from the 2010 earthquake, which was responsible for the deaths of over 200,000 Haitians, and incredible structural damage and a horrific cholera epidemic.  It is time to let the people of Haiti know that this Congress recognizes the hardships they have faced and that we stand with them as they work to recover and rebuild.  I urge my colleagues to support this resolution, and I can only hope that its passage will send a clear message that now is the time to act and lend Haiti this much needed helping hand.”

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