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“Just 7 years ago, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated Haiti, killing more than 230,000 residents and displacing nearly 3 million. Since then, the resilient island nation has been plagued by compounded environmental disasters, including a cholera outbreak and most recently, a category 5 hurricane. Now, Trump has decided to eliminate protections for 60,000 Haitian immigrants, most of whom have extensive roots in this country, and deport them all by 2019. The move is not only fiscally irresponsible, but morally bankrupt.”
In recent weeks, there has been increasing fear that the Trump Administration will terminate TPS for individuals from certain countries such as El Salvador, Haiti and Nicaragua, potentially resulting in their deportation. Velázquez’s bill would ensure individuals who have resided in the U.S. under these programs for a period of three years can remain in the country and pursue a path to naturalization. The legislation was cosponsored by House Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley (D-NY) and Reps. Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Karen Bass (D-CA).
“Tonight, I'm signing a petition for an immediate vote on the bipartisan DREAM Act,” Rep. Bass said. “Especially in Los Angeles, DREAMers are students, teachers, coaches, mentors, entrepreneurs and community leaders from Jamaica, El Salvador, China and Sudan. They are from everywhere but the only place they aren't American is on paper. I urge all Members to join me so that we can protect the more than 800,000 DREAMers from bigotry, fear, and hatred.”
“Trump's emphatic lack of empathy continues to destroy our communities and stain our reputation abroad. DREAMers aren't just "other country's kids." Especially in Los Angeles, they are students, teachers, coaches, mentors, entrepreneurs and community leaders from every continent. They’re from Asia, Africa, and Latin America. They're friends and they're family. I stand with DREAMers here in Los Angeles and throughout the entire country. We will make this right.”
“Today, the President continued his crusade against people that do not look like him. The President’s plan introduced by Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) is a seriously misguided piece of legislation that will not improve our outdated immigration system. Rather than celebrating the contributions of immigrants in our country, this policy automatically assumes immigrants bring nothing but harm.
“As Immigrant Heritage Month begins, we reflect on who our country is really made up of. Together, we make this country great with our differences. This month, we celebrate a United States that is fueled by immigrants from around the world and pledge a continued resolve to protect the immigrants who have built and continue to build and contribute to our country.”