Homeland Security secretary in Miami to hear ‘hopes and aspirations’ of Haitian-Americans
MIAMI – The Minister of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas spent about an hour Tuesday with about 40 of the most influential members of the Haitian-American community in South Florida.
“I heard the hopes and aspirations of the community members who represent so many,” Mayorkas said of his visit to Miami.
It comes after the DHS des Biden did what the Trump administration didn’t do last weekend and granted an 18-month extension to its temporary protection status. This is a clear sign that the new government is seeing political, social and COVID crises in Haiti.
Before this announcement, TPS for Haitians should expire in October.
Those who met with Mayorkas on Tuesday are grateful but are looking for a more permanent solution.
“We are confident that Congress will pass the much-needed immigration reform that actually offers a more sustainable and permanent solution,” Mayorkas said.
Those invited to the round table had a lot to say to the secretary.
“We’re looking for a route to citizenship for people with TPS,” said Santra Denis of the Miami Workers Center. “It’s been 18 months – 18 months go by like this.”
Marleine Bastien of the Family Action Network Movement added that a “step-by-step approach … will not work”.
Aside from providing a more permanent status for those who have lived here – some for more than a decade since the 2010 earthquake – proponents want to hear how the United States will empower the Haitian people, unlike President Jovenel Moise, who is now by decree is in power.
“Billions of dollars flowed into Haiti, but now it has broken down into corruption and gangs,” said US Representative Frederica Wilson of D-Miami Gardens.
Local 10 News also took the opportunity to ask Mayorkas, chief of Homeland Security and a Jewish man, about the alarming rise in anti-Semitic attacks across the country.
Commenting on the ideologies of hate as a whole, he said: “I am deeply concerned about the threat violent extremism poses to our homeland. This is one of the most urgent priorities that we are implementing in the Department of Homeland Security. “
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