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