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Miami's GOP mayor has asked President Donald Trump to extend temporary protected status for Haitians living in the U.S. rather than return them to "dangerous and unlivable conditions."
With a July 22 expiration date looming, Tomas Regalado wrote a letter Tuesday encouraging the president to "keep immigrant families together." The TPS immigration designation, granted by the Obama administration after the 2010 earthquake that left more than 300,000 dead, 300,000 injured and 1.5 million homeless, allows Haitians to live and work freely in the United States.
Miami is home to the largest community of Haitian immigrants in the country.
If the designation were to be revoked, the 58,000 members of the program would be deported back to a nation where more than 40,000 people live in makeshift shelters and tent homes. Haiti also faces severe housing and food shortages after Hurricane Matthew wiped out homes and farmland last year.
Regalado wrote his letter just days after Haitians rallied in Miami to fight for a TPS extension.
To read the letter, click Download TPS letter