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For Immediate Release:
June 04, 2019
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Nikki Whiting

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County Commission approves Commissioner Esteban L. Bovo, Jr.’s resolution urging Congress to enact the Nicaragua TPS Act of 2019


MIAMI – On June 4, 2019, the County Commission approved Commissioner Esteban L. Bovo, Jr,’s resolution urging Congress to support Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart and Donna Shalala’s Nicaragua TPS Act of 2019, which would designate Nicaragua under section 244 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to permit nationals of Nicaragua to be eligible for temporary protected status. Nicaragua’s economic, humanitarian, and human rights crisis has resulted in extraordinary and temporary conditions that currently prevent Nicaraguan nationals from safely returning to Nicaragua and TPS. 

“Since 2006, Daniel Ortega has taken systematic steps to weaken democratic institutions in Nicaragua, such as eliminating term limits, removing all opposition, and rigging local and national elections,” Commissioner Bovo said. “On April 18, 2018, the Nicaraguan people began to peacefully protest the Ortega regime, calling for its democratic rights and freedoms to be restored. In response to the protests, Ortega has unleashed its National Police and has armed pro-government mobs killing close to 400 people and injuring thousands of people, as many Nicaraguans continue to be imprisoned. In light of this unabated violence and precarious situation in Nicaragua, I thank my colleagues on the commission for approving my resolution urging Congress to enact the Nicaragua TPS Act of 2019. TPS for Nicaraguans is crucial as these individuals face violence, chaos, and oppression daily.”