Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement on introducing a bill to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Haitians living in the United States. Joining Hastings as original co-sponsors of the bill included: Reps. Ted Deutch (D-FL), Al Lawson (D-FL), Val Demings (D-FL), Charlie Crist (D-FL), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Debbie Muscarel-Powell (D-FL), Donna Shalala (D-FL), Darren Soto (D-FL), Lois Frankel (D-FL, and Kathy Castor (D-FL). (Please find attached a copy of the bill):
“I have introduced a bill that would bring relief to those from Haiti living in the United States under TPS. In 2017, the Trump Administration ended TPS for over 50,000 of our friends, coworkers, and family members from Haiti. This decision was void of any fair consideration of the tremendously difficult conditions the country continues to face as it works to rebuild from the 2010 earthquake, a Cholera outbreak, and the devastation wrought by Hurricane Matthew. Instead, the Trump Administration’s decision to end TPS was based in xenophobia and racial animus.
“Currently, litigation is working its way through the federal court system that challenges the Trump Administration’s decision to end TPS for thousands of people. My legislation would bring relief to TPS holders as these cases continue to be argued and calls on the Secretary of Homeland Security to extend TPS for an additional 18 months once a final decision is reached in both the Ramos and Saget cases, respectively.
“Millions of Haitians have been personally affected by these devastating events and they deserve the protection and help the United States can provide. What the Trump Administration has done over the past year is inhumane and un-American. I urge my colleagues in Congress to join me in support of this measure and continue the fight for friends in Haiti, who now reside in the United States under TPS.”
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Vice-Chairman of the House Rules Committee, Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.