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January 15, 2010

Velázquez Statement on Haiti Earthquake

Today, Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) issued the following statement regarding the earthquake in Haiti:

“Like all Americans I am profoundly saddened by the devastation and loss of life in Haiti.  My heart goes out to the people of Haiti and the tens of thousands of Haitian Americans living in New York City whose families and friends are suffering.  The people of Haiti need all the help we can provide, and I encourage New Yorkers to give what they can to support relief efforts. 

“In responding to this tragedy, we must use every tool at our disposal.  On that note, I applaud Secretary Napolitano and President Obama for moving swiftly to grant Temporary Protective Status (TPS) to Haitian immigrants now in the United States.   For Haitians in the United States, there is simply no option to return home now, and those who have been granted TPS can work in the United States and send resources home to their families and friends.  As an immediate form of humanitarian aid, TPS will allow the Haitian government to invest all of its attention and resources to helping those most at need.

“The United States has a moral obligation not only to help with the ongoing rescue mission, but to assist in the long-term rebuilding of this fragile island nation.  I will do my part to support these efforts.”