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Trump backers in Florida: Protect Haitians

Donald Trump supporters in Florida are urging him to extend a program allowing Haitians to stay in the U.S.

"Our friends in the Haitian community need your help. We strongly urge you to instruct the Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly to extend Temporary Protected Status to Haitian nationals living in the United States," reads a letter sent to the president. "The most recent extention is scheduled to expire July 22 2017, if not renewed by May 23, 2017. This would be a terrible mistake with dire consequences for the Haitian people."

Thhe letter is signed by Michael Barnett, chairman of the Palm Beach GOP, David Shiner, the party’s lawyer, and Madgie Nicholas, who served on the Nation Diversity Coalition for Trump.

The cause of Haitians has drawn bipartisan support. Last week, Gov. Rick Scott raised the issue with Kelly, whose office at the time said he was still reviewing the situation.

[Last modified: Friday, May 19, 2017 11:18am]


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