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For Immediate Release:
September 04, 2019
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Nikki Whiting

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County Commission approves Commissioner Esteban L. Bovo Jr.’s resolution urging the United States Congress to designate Haiti for TPS


MIAMI-DADE – On September 4, 2019, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commission approved Commissioner Esteban L. Bovo Jr.’s resolution urging the United States Congress to enact U.S. Senator Marco Rubio’s S. 2176 and Representative Alcee Hastings’s H.R. 4112 legislation that requiring the Secretary of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to designate Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

The TPS designation allows eligible Haitian nationals to continue living and working in the United States. TPS was made available to Haitian nationals for 18 months from January 12, 2010 through July 22, 2011, and was extended several times due to the devastation Haiti continued to face. In 2018, the Secretary of DHS determined that conditions in Haiti no longer supported Haiti’s designation for TPS and therefore, terminated its designation.

“Haiti has yet to recover from the devastating impact of Hurricane Matthew, a Category 4 hurricane in 2016, which left at least 1.4 million people in need of emergency aid, killed nearly 1,000 people, dramatically increased the number of cholera cases, and left entire towns completely destroyed by flooding and damage,” Commissioner Bovo said. “With the political upheaval, economic crisis, uncertainty and destruction caused by hurricanes that engulfs Haiti, our hemispheric neighbor, we must renew TPS for Haitians contributing throughout our rich and vibrant County.” Commissioner Bovo said.