Hastings Joins Curbelo, Wilson, and Ros-Lehtinen in introducing the ESPERER Act of 2017

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Washington, D.C., October 31, 2017 | comments

Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) joined Representatives Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Frederica Wilson (D-FL), and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) in introducing the Extending Status Protection for Eligible Refugees with Established Residency (ESPERER) Act of 2017 (Please find attached a copy of the legislation):

“I continue to work for a full 18-month extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian nationals, as well as others living here under TPS. I am proud to join today’s bipartisan effort to provide these individuals with a pathway to legal permanent residency in our country. Recipients of TPS are law abiding, hardworking taxpayers, thousands of whom have lived in this country for decades, and who have made tremendous contributions to their communities and to our country. I want thank Representatives Curbelo, Wilson, and Ros-Lehtinen for their diligent work on today’s bill. I call on House Leadership to bring our bill to the floor without delay,” said Hastings.

“While hoping and waiting they would be able to return to their native countries for years, Nicaraguan, Salvadoran, Honduran and Haitian migrants have become essential parts of the South Florida community by contributing to our local economy and our culture,” Curbelo said. “The continued short-term extensions of TPS have created anxiety and uncertainty not only for these migrants and their families, but also for their employers and neighbors whose prosperity also depends on them. While I will continue to support extensions for Temporary Protected Status, this bipartisan legislation would give these migrants the peace of mind to continue giving back to their communities, contributing to our economy and supporting their families.”
“I am proud to be part of this bipartisan effort to provide a permanent solution for families living in the United States with temporary protected status. I also have introduced a bipartisan measure to extend TPS for Haitian nationals until their country has demonstrably recovered from a plethora of disasters, including an earthquake, a cholera epidemic, a hurricane and other travesties,” said Wilson. “It is in the meantime imperative that we not forget the economic, cultural and other contributions that people living and working in the United States thanks to this measure are making to both to our nation and their native countries.  In addition, I reiterate my call to Department of Homeland Security officials to join me on a trip to Haiti to survey firsthand the severe hardships the country continues to endure. There will be no doubt in their minds when they leave that the island nation is in no position to absorb and aid tens of thousands of deportees from the United States.”
“So many in our community who arrived under Temporary Protected Status years ago have made South Florida their home,” Ros-Lehtinen said. “These neighbors have become an integral part of our society and contribute to every sector of our economy. I'm co-sponsoring this bill, introduced by my friend and colleague, Carlos, so that Nicaraguans, Haitians, Salvadorans, and Hondurans who abide by our laws are not anxious about deportation, and can instead continue to contribute to the economic prosperity of our local communities.”

Background: The ESPERER Act of 2017 provides a pathway for certain nationals of Haiti, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Honduras, who have been recipients of TPS prior to January 13, 2011, to adjust their status to Legal Permanent Resident.

Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.


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