Diaz-Balart and Ros-Lehtinen Applaud TPS Extension and Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program
WASHINGTON — Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) released the following statements after the Department of Homeland Security took several steps to help Haitians, Hondurans, and Nicaraguans. Temporary Protected Status was extended through July 5, 2016 to eligible Nicaraguan and Honduran nationals. DHS also announced the implementation of a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program, to begin in early 2015.
"I commend the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for extending Temporary Protected Status to Nicaraguans and Hondurans. As President Bush had done previously, we are recognizing the countless contributions these individuals have made to the United States. I am gratified that the Obama Administration acknowledged their importance by extending TPS. I also commend DHS for following broad bipartisan urging from Members of Congress to initiate the Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program. I have long advocated for a program that will allow Haitians to reunite with family members who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents, especially those still suffering from the 2010 earthquake. I am glad that the specific circumstances within Haiti, Honduras, and Nicaragua have been recognized. Through these programs, we can continue to strengthen and enrich our local communities," said Diaz-Balart.
"I am pleased that once again the Department of Homeland Security has extended Temporary Protected Status benefits to eligible nationals of Nicaragua and Honduras. With their energy and drive, these individuals have integrated into our communities and continue to contribute to our country's diverse social fabric and economy. I am also encouraged that this Administration has finally created the Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program, modeled after the Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program, which will assist in accelerating Haiti's recovery efforts. This idea has strong bipartisan support because it will bring much needed relief and security to Haiti and help build a brighter future to the Haitian people, who have suffered greatly after the tragic 2010 earthquake," said Ros-Lehtinen.