NewFM on Unjust TPS Decison: We Expect Our Elected Officials to Step Up

New Florida Majority (NewFM) Executive Director Andrea Mercado released the following statement on the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to end the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program for 50,000 Haitians currently living in the U.S.  

“The Trump Administration’s decision to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program for Haitians is just the latest example of how their view of justice and fairness is a limited to a small few and bears no relation to the reality of what really makes America great.

At a time when this country needs every hand to forge a brighter future, the federal government continues to destabilize neighborhoods by breaking up families and threatening to criminalizing 50,000 people overnight. What purpose does it serve to send thousands back to a country still recovering from a devastating earthquake, massive hurricanes and a cholera epidemic other than to break up settled immigrant communities?

The Administration’s heartless and hateful limited vision for this country has been clear for quite some time. The real question is what will other elected officials do. From Congress down to the local commissioners, every person who claims to work in the service of the public must ask themselves whether they will be a party to this injustice. What will they do to stand up for their neighbors, those who are working every day in critical industries, buying homes, and building families, many with U.S. citizen children.

In the coming weeks, we expect our public servants to answer that question and the related question of how they plan to support not just our Haitian brothers and sisters, but all residents whose deportation seems to only serve the fearful few and those looking to profit from private prison detention centers.

If they can’t rise to the occasion, then community leaders will ask them to step aside and make way for those who can meet the challenge that justice requires.History and fairness demands nothing less.”