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File Number: 110264
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File Number: 110264 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-120-11 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: ALLOW HAITIANS ALREADY APPROVED FOR VISAS TO ENTER THE US Introduced: 2/3/2011
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 2/15/2011
Agenda Date: 2/15/2011 Agenda Item Number: 11A8
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING PRESIDENT OBAMA’S ADMINISTRATION TO ALLOW 55,000 HAITIANS ALREADY APPROVED FOR VISAS TO ENTER THE U.S.
Indexes: HAITIAN
  LEGISLATURE
Sponsors: Jean Monestime, Prime Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, Co-Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Sponsor
  Carlos A. Gimenez, 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 2/15/2011 11A8 Adopted P

County Attorney 2/3/2011 Assigned Jess M. McCarty

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING PRESIDENT OBAMAíS ADMINISTRATION TO ALLOW 55,000 HAITIANS ALREADY APPROVED FOR VISAS TO ENTER THE U.S.

BODY

WHEREAS, on January 12, 2010, Haiti was devastated by an unprecedented 7.0 Richter Scale earthquake that has killed at least 250,000 people, left millions homeless and injured, and destroyed important Haitian institutions and infrastructure; and
WHEREAS, prior to the January 12, 2010 earthquake, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had approved immigrant visa petitions for 55,000 Haitians that are currently waiting for their priority dates to become current, which is estimated to take from six (6) to twelve (12) years; and
WHEREAS, President Obamaís Administration has the legal authority to promptly allow these 55,000 Haitians to enter the U.S.; and
WHEREAS, doing so would reunite families, provide for orderly migration, and ease the burden on Haitiís overwhelmed government without cost to the U.S.; and
WHEREAS, Haitiís prompt recovery and the preservation of its democracy are in the best interest of the U.S. and Miami-Dade County given Haitiís proximity and our large Haitian-American population; and
WHEREAS, allowing 55,000 legal Haitian immigrants approved to come to the U.S. and allowing them to work is a simple, effective way to help Haiti recover from the catastrophe now being suffered; and
WHEREAS, if allowed to work in the United States, the 55,000 beneficiaries would send remittances to Haiti supporting hundreds of thousands of people in Haiti,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Urges President Obamaís Administration to allow 55,000 Haitians already approved for visas to enter the U.S. in the coming months.
Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit certified copies of this resolution to President Barack Obama, the members of the Florida congressional Delegation and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
Section 3. Directs the Countyís federal lobbyists to advocate for the issue set forth in Section 1 above, and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to amend the 2011 Federal Legislative Package to include this item.



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