Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Hosts Roundtable with Leaders of the Haitian Community, Urges White House to Grant TPS

Aug 25, 2009
Press Release

For Immediate Release:

MIAMI— Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) hosted a roundtable with leaders of the Southern Florida Haitian Community today to discuss U.S. relations with Haiti, Temporary Protected Status for Haitian nationals in the U.S. and aid for the Haitian people.  Other topics included healthcare, the economy and immigration.  Representatives from the Haitian Lawyer’s Association, World Vision, the Haitian American Youth of Tomorrow, The Haiti Project and Galata were present, among others.    

“It was wonderful for Mario to bring together members of this community,” said Lois Jones, an activist in the South Florida community.  “He understands how important these issues are and we are grateful that he is taking the time to work with us and get us the help and support we need from Washington.”

“This was a productive discussion regarding issues of importance to South Florida and the United States, as well as Haiti,” said Diaz-Balart.

“I will continue working with my colleagues in Washington and other Members of the South Florida delegation in asking the Administration for their support on addressing these important issues, as well as granting TPS for Haitian nationals” said Diaz-Balart.   

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 national living in the United States, especially in the wake of the destruction caused by the 2008 hurricane season.  In June, he took park in a CODEL to Haiti with Congressmen Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Kendrick B. Meek and Lincoln Diaz-Balart.   The trip marked the first time all five Members of the South Florida Congressional Delegation travel on a jointly on a CODEL.