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Temporary Protected Status for Haitian Nationals Living in U.S. has been Granted!

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Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson welcomes the news that Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, has granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Haitian nationals who were in the United States as of January 12, 2010, allowing them to continue living and working in United States for the next 18 months.

“As recently as yesterday Mayor Carlos Alvarez and I forwarded a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama urging the administration to grant Temporary Protective Status to Haitian nationals within our shores in light of the catastrophic devastation of the Republic of Haiti,” said Commissioner Edmonson. “I am extremely pleased for this noble humanitarian act from our government.”

The administration of Barack Obama understands that the personal safety of many Haitian nationals who are currently in the United States would be endangered by returning to Haiti due to the tragic earthquake.

“ At our county level, on several occasions, the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners and its members have supported my resolution in favor of TPS for Haitian nationals. Amid all the anguish and suffering this is much welcomed news,” added Commissioner Edmonson.

The Statement form Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano reads:

“As part of the Department’s ongoing efforts to assist Haiti following Tuesday’s devastating earthquake, I am announcing the designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian nationals who were in the United States as of January 12, 2010. This is a disaster of historic proportions and this designation will allow eligible Haitian nationals in the United States to continue living and working in our country for the next 18 months. Providing a temporary refuge for Haitian nationals who are currently in the United States and whose personal safety would be endangered by returning to Haiti is part of this Administration’s continuing efforts to support Haiti’s recovery.”

Haitians in the U.S. who are eligible to apply for TPS should go to www.uscis.gov or call the toll-free USCIS Forms Hotline (800) 870-3676 or may also call Commissioner Edmonson’s office at 305) 375-5393.

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