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Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez

Representing the 7th District of New York


Velázquez on TPS and Haiti

Velázquez on TPS and Haiti
November 21, 2017
Press Release

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.”