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