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Lofgren Statement on Trump Administration Cancellation of Temporary Protected Status for Haitian Nationals

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Washington, November 21, 2017 | Contact: Peter Whippy ((202) 225-3072) | comments

WASHINGTON, DCU.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) issued the following statement today regarding the Trump Administration’s decision to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian nationals in the United States:

“The Trump Administration’s callous decision to strip some 50,000 vulnerable Haitians of Temporary Protected Status will harm both the U.S. and Haiti. Haiti is recovering from multiple hurricanes, food insecurity, an earthquake, and a full-scale cholera epidemic. Forcing tens of thousands to return to Haiti will devastate not only their lives, but our ally’s prospects of recovery.

“The return of Haitian TPS holders would do more than harm Haiti’s GDP—25% of which flows from U.S. remittances—it also damages our own economy. TPS recipients from Haiti are significant contributors to the U.S economy and the U.S. GDP stands to lose $2 billion dollars over the next ten years if Haitian TPS holders are deported to Haiti. Donald Trump’s mass deportation agenda has once again produced a moral and economic disaster. During the 18-month extension for Haitian TPS holders, Congress must act to find a durable solution for Haiti and for Haitians put at risk by the Trump Administration.”

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