Recriminations continued Tuesday over the Trump administration's plan to send Haitians home in 2019, a decision that brought rare bipartisan objections from Florida lawmakers.
"These individuals experienced severe loss and suffering as a result of the 2010 earthquake, and forcing them to leave the United States would be detrimental," said Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Miami.
"Almost eight years later, Haiti remains in total disarray and still requires much rebuilding. These individuals are established, respected members of our communities who have made significant contributions, and I urge the administration to reconsider its decision regarding Haitian and Nicaraguan nationals."
Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson said there "is no reason to send 60,000 Haitians back to a country that cannot provide for them." He called the decision "unconscionable" and said a permanent legislative solution is needed.
"I am proud to have joined my colleagues Reps. Carlos Curbelo, Frederica Wilson, and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in introducing the Extending Status Protection for Eligible Refugees with Established Residency (ESPERER) Act of 2017," said Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar. "This critically important bill will provide a pathway to legal permanent residency in our country for those living here under TPS. The clock is ticking, and legislative action must be taken now."