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For Immediate Release:
September 04, 2019
Media Contact:
Nikki Whiting


Commissioner Esteban Bovo, Jr., to urge the Trump Administration to waive U.S. visa requirements for Bahamians seeking refuge after Hurricane Dorian

MIAMI-DADE – Commissioner Esteban Bovo, Jr., will introduce legislation urging the Trump Administration to suspend certain visa requirements for citizens of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas displaced by Hurricane Dorian.

“For almost 48 hours, the Bahamas endured one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in modern history,” Commissioner Bovo said. “This slice of paradise in the Caribbean is now a scene of widespread devastation, costing the lives of many. Bahamians are our neighbors, a part of our community’s fabric. Due to destruction from Hurricane Dorian, I am calling on the Trump Administration to waive certain U.S. visa requirements for Bahamians fleeing the islands seeking refuge, safety, and security in the United States with relatives. Bahamians played an integral role in building Miami-Dade County, and it is now our duty to help our neighbors rebuild. We will help the Bahamas recover from the hurricane, and I am confident my colleagues on the Board will support the legislation I propose.” Commissioner Bovo said.