New York Council Member Miller Slams White House Decision to End Protected Status for Haitian Immigrants


New York, NY – Council Member I. Daneek Miller (D-Jamaica) issued the following statement regarding the decision by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to terminate Temporary Protection Status for thousands of Haitian immigrants:

“The White House’s decision to abandon nearly sixty thousand Haitian immigrants demonstrates its unwillingness to recognize the cultural and economic value of these members of the African Diaspora, in adherence with its divisive and xenophobic public policy.

“Haiti continues to cope from two punishing natural disasters and a deadly health epidemic that have strained the resources of its government, and it is pitiful that this determination was likely predicated on the naked political interests of an executive who is indifferent to the harm that families here and in the Caribbean will suffer as a result. If they can be shamed into reversing course on the importation of elephant heads, they certainly shouldn’t be spared any criticism where the fate of the Haitian people is concerned.”