For Immediate Release
November 22, 2017
Holden Statement on the Ending of Temporary Protected Status for Haitians
All Southwest Floridians should be outraged by President Donald Trump’s decision to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians who came to the United States after Haiti’s terrible earthquake of 2010. Haiti continues to face severe difficulties including cholera, introduced by United Nations relief workers following the earthquake.
This decision is cruel and heartless, tearing apart families and unnecessarily punishing people who have lived productively and peacefully in the United States generally and in Southwest Florida in particular. However, it is consistent with the Administration’s assault on immigrants and foreigners.
Rather than expulsion and deportation, these people should be given humane options that include permanent residence, a path to citizenship, or voluntary return if they so choose.
In providing TPS, the United States was acting in the tradition of its best humanitarian values. Those values need to be upheld and defended, something I intend to do once elected to the House of Representatives.