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File Number: 100478
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File Number: 100478 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-301-10 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: WAIVE FEES ASSOCIATED W/FILING TPS BY HAITIAN NATIONALS Introduced: 2/24/2010
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 3/16/2010
Agenda Date: 3/16/2010 Agenda Item Number: 11A2
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING PRESIDENT OBAMA’S ADMINISTRATION TO WAIVE FEES ASSOCIATED WITH FILING FOR TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS BY HAITIAN NATIONALS SEEKING REFUGE IN THE U.S. FOLLOWING THE RECENT EARTHQUAKE
Indexes: EARTHQUAKE
  HAITI
  LEGISLATURE
  URGING
Sponsors: Audrey M. Edmonson, Prime Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, Co-Sponsor
  Katy Sorenson, 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 3/16/2010 11A2 Adopted P
REPORT: County Attorney Robert Cuevas read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Commissioner Sorenson requested to be added as a co-sponsor to this proposed resolution. Hearing no further questions or comments, the Board proceeded to vote on the foregoing proposed resolution as presented.

County Attorney 2/24/2010 Assigned Jess M. McCarty 3/8/2010

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING PRESIDENT OBAMA’S ADMINISTRATION TO WAIVE FEES ASSOCIATED WITH FILING FOR TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS BY HAITIAN NATIONALS SEEKING REFUGE IN THE U.S. FOLLOWING THE RECENT EARTHQUAKE

BODY
WHEREAS, on January 15, 2010, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it would provide Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian nationals who were in the U.S. as of January 12, 2010, the date of the devastating earthquake in Haiti; and
WHEREAS, the TPS designation allows eligible Haitian nationals to continue living and working in the U.S. for the next 18 months; and
WHEREAS, the TPS designation will provide a temporary refuge for Haitian nationals who are currently in the U.S., whose personal safety could be endangered by returning to Haiti and who can play an important role in providing assistance to Haiti by working here and sending support to their families in Haiti; and
WHEREAS, since DHS announced TPS for Haitian nationals, thousands of Haitian nationals have applied for TPS, and DHS anticipates more than 200,000 Haitian nationals eventually will apply for TPS; and
WHEREAS, to register for TPS and work in the U.S., Haitian nationals must file an application for TPS and an application for employment authorization; and
WHEREAS, there are fees associated with such applications that are as high as $470 per person; and
WHEREAS, if a person is unable to pay the fees associated with applying for TPS, DHS provides a mechanism to waive the fees; and
WHEREAS, the U.S. can further assist the rebuilding of Haiti by waiving the fees associated with filing for TPS for all Haitian nationals,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Urges President Obama’s administration to waive the fees associated with filing for Temporary Protected Status by Haitian nationals seeking refuge in the U.S. following the recent earthquake.
Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the members of the Florida Congressional Delegation and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Section 3. Directs the County's federal lobbyists to advocate for the action set forth
in Section 1 above, and authorizes and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to include this item in the 2010 Federal Legislative Package.



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