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LAUDERDALE LAKES: At the May 23, 2017 Commission Meeting, the Mayor and Commissioners of the City of Lauderdale Lakes voted unanimously to pass Resolution 2017-068 which urges President, Donald Trump, with full support of the Secretary of Homeland Security, John F. Kelly, to extend Temporary Protected Status for Haitian nationals for at least another 18-month period.
On January 15, 2010, the United States Department of Homeland Security granted Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) to Haitian nationals who were in the United States as of January 12, 2010, the date of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. The TPS designation allows eligible Haitian nationals to temporarily continue living and working in the United States. TPS was made available to Haitian nationals for 18 months from January 12, 2010 to July 22, 2011. The latest January 23, 2016 extension expires on July 22, 2017. However, Haiti has not yet recovered from the 2010 earthquake, the nation suffers from economic and political crises, rampant Zika and Chikungunya, the affects of a devastating cholera epidemic which has killed 10,000 and sickened 900,000, and most recently, the destructive affects of Hurricane Matthew, which cost Haiti $2.7 billion or 32% of its GDP per a March, 2017 United Nations’ report. The United Nations estimates that hundreds of thousands of Haitians remain “extremely food insecure,” some have died as a result of malnutrition, and thousands may starve to death in what experts describe as a looming humanitarian disaster. Their deportation would consequently tend to destabilize Haiti, which is contrary to the national security interest of the United States. There continues to be extraordinary and temporary conditions that prevent Haitian nationals from safely returning to Haiti and, therefore, TPS should be extended for an additional 18 months. The City Commission passed the resolution to urge Trump, with full support of the Secretary of Homeland Security, John F. Kelly, to extend Temporary Protected Status for Haitian nationals for at least another 18-month period.
Vice Mayor Veronica Edwards Phillips said, “We feel strongly that our residents agree with our decision to pass Resolution 68 and would like us to stand up for the human rights of Haitian friends and relatives as we have promised to do as their Mayor and Commissioners; It’s our job!”
For more information on the City of Lauderdale Lakes, please contact the Economic Development Manager at 954.535.2491.