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Joint Letter To Secretary

Location: Washington, DC

Diaz-Balarts and Ros-Lehtinen Urge Ridge to Grant Haitians Temporary Protective Status (TPS)

WASHINGTON-Congressmen Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) today urged Secretary of Homeland Security Ridge to grant Temporary Protective Status (TPS) to Haitians currently residing in the United States. Following, please find the text of the letter they sent today to Secretary Ridge:

"Dear Secretary Ridge:

We are writing to urge you to designate the Republic of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for those Haitian nationals currently in the United States.

The undemocratic actions of the Aristide government have brought upon the current situation which necessitates our request for TPS. After being returned to power by President William J. Clinton in 1994, Aristide has turned Haiti into a corrupt, drug-dealing and murdering autocracy. Hundreds of millions of dollars in international assistance have been stolen or misappropriated by Aristide and his cohorts. The lack of democracy and the Rule of Law in Haiti is the direct cause of the civil unrest that has overtaken Haiti and also why it is extremely dangerous for Haitians to return to their country at this time.

The purpose of TPS is to create a safe haven for undocumented aliens who face deportation to a country which presents a dangerous situation. Haitians deported to their homeland will return to a civil war between government and rebel forces. Clearly, the situation in Haiti is dangerous and a perfect example as to why Congress included TPS in the Immigration and Nationality Act.

There is no other community in the United States that is more impacted by the Haitian crisis than the community we represent. We are seriously concerned for the safety of Haitian nationals who may be deported to Haiti in a time of such political and social instability and violence. That is why we respectfully request that, while you review granting Haitians TPS, you take steps to immediately cease all deportation of Haitian nationals."

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