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Rep. McGhee Joins with Pastors in Response to Change in TPS Deadline

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Posted: Friday, December 1, 2017 8:43 am

State Representative Kionne McGhee joins South East Dade Ministerial Alliance in showing support for the Haitian Community as they deal with new Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Deadline. 

   Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke announced her decision to terminate the TPS designation for Haiti with a delayed effective date of 18 months to allow for an orderly transition before the designation terminates on July 22, 2019.

   Pastor Curtis Thomas, VP of the South East Dade Ministerial Alliance: “Many times people think that the African American community does no support the Haitian American Community. that is simply not true! We strongly support our Haitian brothers and sisters, they are an important part of our community and we denounce the unprincipled decision  to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 50,000 Haitians who are deeply rooted in America. Haiti is a country still struggling to recover from a devastating earthquake, massive hurricanes and a cholera epidemic. It is nowhere close to being in a condition to receive tens of thousands of Nationals at this time.”

   State Rep. Kionne McGhee: “This is a country that was built upon a melting and I personally denounce any administration that tries to drive a wedge between families an communities. We are united in our support for the Haitian community as well as the Honduran, Nicaraguan, and Salvadoran communities.”

   Pastor Ernso Duertivil, Hatian Church of the Nazarene: “It is a blessing to know that we have the support of our African American brothers and sisters and our local elected officials.”

   Congressman Carlos Curbelo:  “This issue needs to have a permanent solution, that Is why I am proud to have led a Bipartisan group of lawmakers to file a bill that would grant legal permanent resident status to TPS Migrants.” The Bipartisan Extending Status Protection for Eligible Refugees (ESPERER) Act is cosponsored by Reps, Fredrica Wilson, Ileana Ros Lehtinen and Alcee Hastings.

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