U.S. Rep. Edolphus “Ed” Towns (D-NY), Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has joined a bi-partisan congressional coalition, urging Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to grant temporary protected status to 30,000 Haitian refugees who currently face deportation.
After four storms pummeled
“The situation in
Towns signed onto a letter yesterday with sixteen Members of Congress, asking that temporary protected status be granted to Haitian refugees – a designation extended to other countries when hit by similar disasters.
The signatories include:
The text of the letter is as follows:
Dear Secretary Napolitano,
We would like to first congratulate you on your recent confirmation as Secretary of Homeland Security. We also write to express our outrage over the continuing deportations of Haitians in the
This past summer, only months after deadly food riots,
The Bush administration recognized these conditions and commendably chose to halt deportation flights to
As you know, TPS may be granted when any of the following conditions are met: there is ongoing armed conflict posing a serious threat to personal safety; it is requested by a foreign state that temporarily cannot handle the return of nationals due to environmental disaster; or when extraordinary and temporary conditions in a foreign state exist which prevent aliens from returning. Now, more than ever,
In December, your predecessor determined that
Just 600 miles from our shores, political and economic instability in
In keeping with President Obama’s promise to renew
We thank you for your consideration and look forward to working with you on this and other matters of mutual concern.