Lawmakers call for granting TPS to Haiti

A woman and a child receive emergency rations in the aftermath of hurricane Ike last year in Gonaives, Haiti. (UN Photo/Logan Abassi)

A woman and a child receive emergency rations in the aftermath of hurricane Ike last year in Gonaives, Haiti. (UN Photo/Logan Abassi)

The Miami Herald reports that a bipartisan group of South Florida congressional lawmakers – U.S. House of Representatives members Kendrick Meek, Mario Diaz-Balart, Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Debbie Wasserman Schultz – have reiterated a call to the Obama administration to grant Temporary Protected Status to Haiti after a visit to the country.

In a related editorial, the Herald notes that “Haiti has barely begun to recover from the trauma of last year’s punishing storms, but its needs are vast and its resources are scant. Without international help it cannot reasonably hope to be ready for this year’s Caribbean storms, which strike with regularity at this time of year on Hispaniola and other islands in Hurricane Alley.”

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