Speaking Tuesday at the Americas Conference in Coral Gables, Fla., Bill Clinton again pushed the case to provide Temporary Protected Status for Haitians in the U.S., the Miami Herald reports.
Clinton also said that his wife, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, shares his opinion.
“Not a week goes by that I don’t push for this,” Bill Clinton said. “All I can say is that it’s not a State Department decision or it would have been done. Hillary strongly supports this.”
Clinton said the decision on whether to prevent the wholesale deportation of an estimated 30,000 Haitians ultimately was “a decision for the secretary of Homeland Security.”
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Temporary Protected Status would stop the deportation proceedings against about 30,000 Haitians in the United States, and allow them to apply for work permits and send desperately needed remittances back to Haiti. Jesuit Refugee Service/USA supports the Haitians and believe that TPS should be granted immediately.