Marco Rubio Wants to Extend TPS for Haitians in the U.S.

From his perch as chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., wants to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible Haitians currently in the United States.

Last week, Rubio brought out a proposal giving those Haitians in the U.S. an extra 18 months of TPS which would start on July 22. After the massive earthquake in 2010, eligible Haitians have had TPS in the U.S.

On Friday, Rubio said he was working with the Trump administration and other senators on the matter.

“I am working with the administration and my colleagues in the Senate to extend TPS for eligible Haitians by 18 months,” Rubio said. “Ultimately I would like to see a permanent solution, but we have received some positive feedback from the administration on a temporary solution.”

Rubio’s bill was sent to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. So far, there is no counterpart over in the U.S. House. Rubio has yet to reel in any cosponsors.

This is not a new issue for Rubio. Back in 2017, Rubio made a pitch in the Miami Herald to extend TPS for Haitians.

“Health epidemics and deadly natural disasters in recent years have devastated Haiti and hampered its government’s ability to properly function,” Rubio wrote. “Yet our nation — especially my home state of Florida — has not only offered a helping hand to Haitians seeking refuge from these grave challenges, but also benefited significantly from their presence in and contributions to our country. Since 2010, the United States has designated Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians, recognizing the island country’s perilous conditions brought on by a historic earthquake, a subsequent cholera epidemic, and most recently Hurricane Matthew.

“Moreover, the Executive Branch has appropriately extended the TPS designation because of the extraordinarily difficult living conditions that persist in Haiti and the Haitian government’s temporary inability to absorb thousands of people back into the population,” Rubio added.




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  1. Dear Senator Rubio,

    I disagree with your support for the extended stay of the Haitian TPS recipients. As you will probably agree, the longer these recipients stay in the US the greater the chance they will never return to Haiti. The Haitian people would be better off if the US invited 50,000 Haitians to come to the US every year for a 3 – 5 year stay. Within 3 – 5 years there would be 50,000 Haitians returning from the US to Haiti. Some with a college education and some with 3 – 5 years of American work experience. I can’t think of a better way to help these recipients and the country of Haiti than by allowing their young people to experience American democracy and American free enterprise commerce which they can then take back to Haiti.

    I am an American citizen but had the opportunity to “experience” Haiti over a period of 7 years (2006 – 2012) as I and other American volunteers invested $4,000,000 in a development project in NW Haiti which was shut down by the Haitian Government in 2008 because we would not pay bribes.

    Our story is chronicled in a book entitled Demons of Poverty.

  2. I am very thankful to your support you gave to Haiti , but like you could see by your experience the problem it’s not the people of Haiti, the Haitian people are very smart and hard worker, and they learn very fast. The problem of Haiti is a problem of government, the all system is so corrupt even the own Haitian is suffering from that corruption too and i know with very respect even you bring the all 12 millions of Haitians in USA without changing the system when they come back to Haiti they will face the same challenges. Because most of Elected people in Haiti was living in USA or Canada. That’s why you see so many people in the street of Haiti, day by day asking for Change, because they are tired. that’s why also people like you with heart and so many more can not invest in Haiti because of “Our government”. The Haitian people are not the problem, by the way they are the victim. The change will come, because of people like you will never stop to help US. Thanks!

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