Alderman White Asks To Continue Temporary Protected Status Program

I sponsored a Resolution for Thursday night’s Board of Aldermen meeting asking that the Dept. of Homeland Security continue the Temporary Protected Status Program for folks from certain countries where the Temporary Protected Status Program is due to expire. This program is especially important for the Haitians who came to this country after the devastating earthquake in 2010 that killed over 300,000 people, followed by a cholera epidemic, which sickened over 100,000 people . Last year, Haiti was devastated by Hurricane Matthew. Haiti still has not recovered and the Haitian government recently stated that it would be unable to handle the return of the 58,000 folks in the U.S. under this program. A temporary extension was granted only until next January. The entire Massachusetts Congressional delegation, including Congressman Capuano, signed a letter asking that the program be extended for those from Haiti until at least through 2019 and Mayor Walsh issued a similar letter. The Cambridge City Council also passed a resolve in support. We have had a Haitian community in Somerville for many years, going back at least 40 years, and folks in the community are very concerned about this situation. Especially because of our connection with the Haitian community, I sponsored the resolution.

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