U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, delivered a speech yesterday outlining a continued commitment by the U.S. to support security, prosperity and democracy in Haiti. Watch the video here. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
It seems as if the stars are finally aligning for Haiti to reach its true potential. The UN’s appointment of President Bill Clinton as its Special Envoy to Haiti, and Dr. Paul Farmer as his Deputy, will no doubt help bring great advancements to this island nation. U.S. and multilateral efforts must be better coordinated. Also, assistance programs must be targeted to help Haiti achieve its own plans and goals. Better engagement with the Haitian Diaspora and effective sustainability plans must be the focus of future U.S. assistance.
It is also critical that Haitians living in the U.S. are immediately granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS). This is the missing piece in current U.S. policy which would successfully help Haitians in the short and long term.
Jesuit Refugee Service/USA has long supported TPS for Haitians. Learn more here.