Miami Commissioner welcomes news on Temporary Protected Status Granted for Haitians

MIAMI – Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson welcomes the news that Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, has granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Haitian nationals who were in the United States as of January 12, 2010, allowing them to continue living and working in United States for the next 18 months.

“As recently as yesterday Mayor Carlos Alvarez and I forwarded a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama urging the administration to grant Temporary Protective Status to Haitian nationals within our shores in light of the catastrophic devastation of the Republic of Haiti,” said Commissioner Edmonson. “I am extremely pleased for this noble humanitarian act from our government.”

The administration of Barack Obama understands that the personal safety of many Haitian nationals who are currently in the United States would be endangered by returning to Haiti due to the tragic earthquake.

“ At our county level, on several occasions, the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners and its members have supported my resolution in favor of TPS for Haitian nationals. Amid all the anguish and suffering this is much welcomed news,” added Commissioner Edmonson.

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