Rally cry

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - FRONT PAGE - By An­thony Man Staff writer HAITIAN, 2B

Ex­tend Tem­po­rary Pro­tected Sta­tus pol­icy, Haitians say.

With a dead­line loom­ing on whether to con­tinue spe­cial im­mi­gra­tion sta­tus for Haitians in the U.S., com­mu­nity ac­tivists and elected of­fi­cials in South Florida made twin pitches on Fri­day to the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion.

There’s a com­pelling hu­man­i­tar­ian case, they said, for con­tin­u­ing Tem­po­rary Pro­tected Sta­tus. And, they ar­gued, ex­tend­ing TPS is good for the econ­omy in South Florida and else­where.

Ron­ald Surin, a vice pres­i­dent of theHaitian-Amer­i­can Demo­cratic Club of Broward, said his Fort Laud­erdale law of­fice has been del­uged with calls from Haitians le­gally work­ing in South Florida but un­cer­tain of what will hap­pen in com­ing months.

“This is the worst time to con­sider send­ing over 50,000 peo­ple back to Haiti,” Surin said. “Haiti can­not ab­sorb th­ese peo­ple. They don’t have the in­fra­struc­ture. They don’t have the em­ploy­ment base. They don’t have the hous­ing.”

Even­food is in­short sup­ply in Haiti, he said, af­ter Hur­ri­cane Matthew last year dev­as­tated much of the coun­try’s food grow­ing re­gion.

Laud­erdale Lakes Com­mis­sioner Bev­erly Wil­liams said the sit­u­a­tion was bad when she vis­it­edHaiti in Septem­ber – be­foreMatthew. Af­ter the Hur­ri­cane, it’s even worse, said Broward County Com­mis­sioner Dale V.C. Hol­ness. “Any­one that thinks the

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