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January 24, 2006

Cuban-American lawmakers asked the Bush administration to provide Haitians and Central Americans fleeing dangerous regimes 'safe haven' in the United States

In the Miami Herald there is an article by Theresa Bradley where she writes about "South Florida's three Cuban-American members of Congress pressed the Bush administration Monday to allow foreign nationals from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras and Haiti to remain in the United States for ''safe haven'' while their countries rebuild.

Republican U.S. Reps. Lincoln Díaz-Balart, Mario Díaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen called on the administration to renew ''temporary protected status,'' known as TPS, currently granted to Hondurans, Nicaraguans and Salvadorans. More than 300,000 are at risk of losing TPS and being deported.

In a separate letter, the lawmakers asked President Bush to make Haitian nationals eligible for TPS for the first time, too. They cited the two ''undemocratic actions'' of ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide for creating conditions that make it ''extremely dangerous for Haitians to return to their country at this time.'' Haiti is gearing up for elections in February".

For more go to; www.MiamiHerald.com

Posted by VisaLawyer at January 24, 2006 09:25 AM

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