Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 100240
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File Number: 100240 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-160-10 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: PAROLED HAITIAN NATIONALS EVACUATED FROM HAITI Introduced: 1/29/2010
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 2/2/2010
Agenda Date: 2/2/2010 Agenda Item Number: 11A28
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE U.S. CONGRESS AND THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO CREATE AND FUND EMERGENCY SERVICES PROGRAMS FOR LEGALLY PAROLED HAITIAN NATIONALS EVACUATED FROM HAITI AS A RESULT OF THE JANUARY 12, 2010 EARTHQUAKE
Indexes: EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE
  HAITI
Sponsors: Audrey M. Edmonson, Prime Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, 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 2/2/2010 11A28 Adopted P

County Manager 1/29/2010 Additions 2/2/2010

County Attorney 1/29/2010 Assigned Jess M. McCarty

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE U.S. CONGRESS AND THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO CREATE AND FUND EMERGENCY SERVICES PROGRAMS FOR LEGALLY PAROLED HAITIAN NATIONALS EVACUATED FROM HAITI AS A RESULT OF THE JANUARY 12, 2010 EARTHQUAKE

BODY
WHEREAS, on January 12, 2010 a devastating earthquake hit Haiti, approximately 10†miles southwest of Port-au-Prince; and

WHEREAS, more than three million people -- a third of Haitiís population -- have been affected by the earthquake; and

WHEREAS, the earthquake is the latest in a series of events that have impacted Haiti in recent years, including four deadly storms that struck Haiti in 2008; and

WHEREAS, even before the earthquake, Haiti was one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere; and

WHEREAS, in the U.S., no county has a larger Haitian-American community than Miami-Dade County, with Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, having the second largest Haitian-American community and Broward County, Florida having the third largest; and

WHEREAS, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were 95,669 Haitian-Americans living in Miami-Dade County at the last U.S. census in 2000; and

WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County is likely to see a large and rapid influx of Haitian migrants and nationals into our community as a result of the recent earthquake; and

WHEREAS, Haitian evacuees who come to our community are likely to quickly need housing, health care and social services; and

WHEREAS, federal and state agencies are providing emergency services programs for the processing and repatriation of U.S. citizens evacuated from Haiti; and

WHEREAS, there is limited or no financial assistance or programs available for legally paroled Haitian nationals evacuated from Haiti to the U.S. and specifically to Miami-Dade County; and

WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County, as well as the cities located in Miami-Dade County, are likely to incur substantial costs in the areas of housing, health care, social services, education, and emergency medical services for legally paroled Haitian nationals since they are not eligible for the existing emergency services programs; and

WHEREAS, the federal government should provide programs and funding to assist legally paroled Haitians evacuated due to the January 12, 2010 earthquake, and to offset the expenses Miami-Dade County and other local governments could be expected to incur without such programs being available,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:

Section 1. Urges Congress and the Florida Legislature to create and fund emergency services programs to assist legally paroled Haitians evacuated to the U.S. and to offset the expenses that Miami-Dade County and other local governments are likely to incur as a result of the anticipated migration of people from Haiti to Miami-Dade County.

Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the members of the Miami-Dade Congressional Delegation, the Governor, Florida Senate President, Florida House Speaker, the Chair and Members of the Miami-Dade State Legislative Delegations and the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners of Broward County.

Section 3. Directs the County's federal and state lobbyists to advocate for the legislation set forth in Section 1 above, and authorizes and directs that the 2010 Federal and State Legislative Packages be amended to include this item.



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