Velázquez on TPS and Haiti
Washington, DC –Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following statement regarding the Trump Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 50,000 Haitians residing in the United States:
“Once again the Trump Administration is showing that it ascribes to a small minded and cold hearted vision of America. Cruelly sending tens of thousands of Haitians back to a country that does not have the capacity to absorb them would be immoral and a stain on our nation’s conscience.
“Congress must use the 18-month delay in this decision to fashion a responsible legislative solution. To that end, I will continue pushing my bill, H.R. 4253, the American Promise Act, which would protect TPS beneficiaries from deportation and, ultimately, provide a path to citizenship.
“Immigrants protected under this program are our friends and neighbors. We cannot turn our backs on them as this Administration cruelly puts them in peril.”