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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.”