Hastings: 'immoral and irresponsible' to continue to deny Haitians TPS

The Miami Herald has more information on the boat capsizing which claimed the loves of dozens of Haitians Tuesday.

Survivors say more than 200 Haitian migrants were crammed aboard a wooden sloop when it began taking water over the weekend. By late Tuesday, 118 had been rescued, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Jennifer Johnson said.

The latest boat tragedy comes as Haiti shows signs of progress following a year of natural disasters and food riots. Despite the pockets of progress, many remain destitute as jobs are slow to come by and remittances dwindle in the wake of a global recession.

In Miami, Haitian community activist Marleine Bastien said the tragedy underscores the need for the Haitian government to do a better job at monitoring its porous borders.

U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar, called the incident a “sad reminder of the hopelessness and desperation facing the Haitian people” and renewed his call for temporary protected status for Haitian migrants.

He said it was “immoral and irresponsible” to continue to deny TPS, noting that repeat hurricanes and an economic crisis have “practically dried up the remittances on which so many Haitian families rely.”

“Critics argue that granting TPS will compel Haitians to leave their country. Tragedies such as this make it clear that the opposite is true,” he said.

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