Congratulations on becoming the 44th president of the United States of America. You now hold the hopes and dreams of the American people and of much of the world in your hands. May you bear this tremendous responsibility with courage, wisdom, and compassion.
I was happy to read in the White House Agenda that one of the goals of your administration isto double U.S. foreign assistance in an effort to reach the Millennium Development Goal of cutting extreme poverty and hunger around the world in half by 2015. That is a worthwhile goal, and I think one of the most effective ways of reaching it is to empower people to help themselves. The U.S. already does this by the granting of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to workers from impoverished countries such as Honduras, Nicaragua, and El Salvador. These workers in turn stabilize their impoverished homelands by sending remittances back home.
I would encourage your administration to extend TPS to deserving nationals from another poor nation that is currently being overlooked. This nation is Haiti - The United States’ first and oldest neighbor in the Western Hemisphere. An estimated 30,000 undocumented Haitian workers in the U.S. currently provide an indispensable lifeline to many impoverished families in Haiti. Sending these workers back home to Haiti will only increase the despair and instability in that nation. Granting them Temporary Protected Status will allow their families to receive inflows of cash that will build communities, reduce poverty, develop markets, and generate wealth. TPS will help give Haiti a foothold during these difficult economic times.
TPS is a cost effective way to increase U.S. foreign assistance as it essentially gives nationals from the most devastated nations a reprieve during which they can help themselves. When appropriately granted,TPS is a triumph of American Diplomacy and a victory in the fight against global poverty. I urge you to act in favor of granting TPS to our deserving neighbors from Haiti.