Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Bipartisan South Florida Congressional Delegation Report on Trip to Haiti

Jun 23, 2009
Press Release

For Immediate Release:
June 22, 2009

* * * Press Availability * * *

MIAMI, FL – U.S. Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) joined a bipartisan Congressional Delegation trip to Haiti today led by Rep. Kendrick B. Meek (D-FL) and with his colleagues Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL), and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL).

The members will hold a joint press conference upon landing in Miami at 5:30 PM.  Media will be able to get footage of members exiting the plane. This trip to Haiti is the first time all five Members of the South Florida Congressional Delegation travel jointly on a CODEL.  Diaz-Balart has been a long time supporter of the people of Haiti and has continuously requested that Temporary Protective Status be granted to Haitian nationals living in the United States, especially in the wake of the destruction caused by the 2008 hurricane season.   

During their trip to Haiti, the Members met with Haitian President René Préval and the CODEL also met with key leaders in the Haitian business community and various non-governmental organizations.

WHO:                        Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL)
Congressman Kendrick B. Meek (D-FL)
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)
Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL)

WHAT:                      Press availability at 5:30 p.m. upon arrival to Miami on Monday, June 22nd regarding trip to Haiti with Members of the South Florida Congressional Delegation. 

                                                ***NOTE:  Media set-up at 5:15PM since Delegation will likely arrive early.

WHERE:                   Signature Aviation Airport at Miami International Airport
5700 NW 36th Street
                                    Phone: 305 526 6344

MEDIA CONTACT: Nilda Pedrosa (MDB) at or 202-225-5245