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File Number: 060517
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File Number: 060517 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-316-06 Control: County Commission
File Name: TEMPORARY PROTECTIVE STATUS FOR ILLEGAL MIGRANTS Introduced: 2/23/2006
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 3/7/2006
Agenda Date: 3/7/2006 Agenda Item Number: 11A19
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO PRESERVE TEMPORARY PROTECTIVE STATUS FOR ILLEGAL MIGRANTS FROM EL SALVADOR, HONDURAS AND NICARAGUA AND TO GRANT TEMPORARY PROTECTIVE STATUS FOR ILLEGAL MIGRANTS FROM HAITI [SEE ORIGINAL ITEM UNDER FILE NO. 060151]
Indexes: IMMIGRATION
Sponsors: Audrey M. Edmonson, Prime Sponsor
  Joe A. Martinez, Co-Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, Co-Sponsor
  Sen. Javier D. Souto, Co-Sponsor
  Dennis C. Moss, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 3/7/2006 11A19 Adopted 3/9/2006 P

County Attorney 2/23/2006 Assigned Jess M. McCarty

Intergov., Recreation & Cultural Affairs Cmte. 2/15/2006 2C Amd Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation with committee amendment(s) P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Monica Maldonado read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. It was moved by Commissioner Edmonson that the Committee forward the foregoing proposed resolution to the Board of County Commissioners with a Committee amendment(s) to urge the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to preserve temporary protective status for illegal immigrants from Haiti in addition to El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua. This motion was seconded by Commissioner Moss; and upon being put to a vote, passed by a vote of 6-0.

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO PRESERVE TEMPORARY PROTECTIVE STATUS FOR ILLEGAL MIGRANTS FROM EL SALVADOR, HONDURAS AND NICARAGUA AND TO GRANT TEMPORARY PROTECTIVE STATUS FOR ILLEGAL MIGRANTS FROM HAITI

BODY
WHEREAS, Temporary Protective Status is a special immigration status that prohibits the deportation of illegal immigrants if wars or natural disasters make it difficult for them to return home; and
WHEREAS, Temporary Protective Status was approved in 1998 for Hondurans and Nicaraguans after their countries were struck by Hurricane Mitch, and for Salvadorans in 2001 after earthquakes killed more than 1,000 people and destroyed more than 200,000 homes in El Salvador; and
WHEREAS, renewals of Temporary Protective Status have been routinely granted in recent years to Hondurans, Nicaraguans and Salvadorans; and
WHEREAS, an estimated 300,000 Honduran, Nicaraguan and Salvadoran migrants are currently in the U.S. under Temporary Protective Status, many in South Florida; and
WHEREAS, these three poor countries rely heavily on support sent back from migrants working in the U.S. to their native countries; and
WHEREAS, the Bush Administration has recently signaled that it may soon end Temporary Protective Status for Honduran, Nicaraguan and Salvadoran migrants; and
WHEREAS, current conditions in Haiti are dangerous because of political violence and human rights abuses, so that requiring Haitian nationals to return to their country would pose a serious threat to their personal safety; and
WHEREAS, unlike Honduran, Nicaraguan and Salvadoran migrants, Haitian migrants have not been granted Temporary Protective Status; and
WHEREAS, the United States has granted Temporary Protective Status to the nationals of several other countries under similar circumstances over the last decade, including Burundi, Liberia, and Haiti itself in 1998,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Urges the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to preserve Temporary Protective Status for illegal migrants from El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua, and to grant Temporary Protective Status for illegal migrants from Haiti.
Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the Secretary of Homeland Security and the members of the Miami-Dade County Congressional Delegation.



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