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South Florida Lawmakers Propose A Path To Legal Status For Haitian TPS Recipients

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Bryan Cereijo
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Miami Herald
Haiti’s TPS status is set to expire in January 2018. A group of Florida lawmakers introduced a bill that would provide a path to permanent residency for Haitians enrolled in TPS.";

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of South Florida lawmakers introduced a bill on Tuesday that provides a path to permanent residency for thousands of foreign citizens who participate in a temporary program that allows them to work and live in the United States.

Miami Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo introduced the Extending Status Protection for Eligible Refugees with Established Residency Act, which provides a pathway to permanent legal status for certain Haitians, Nicaraguans, Salvadorans and Hondurans who arrived in the United States before Jan. 13, 2011.

South Florida Democratic Reps. Frederica Wilson and Alcee Hastings also signed on to the legislation, which applies to participants in the Temporary Protected Status program, along with Miami Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

Read more at our news partner, the Miami Herald