Florida’s economy is intrinsically linked to that of Latin America and the Caribbean. Millions of families from this region have made Florida their home, contributing to our robust economy while helping to stabilize their home countries with remittances. Today, more than 25% of Florida’s population is of Latin American and Caribbean origin. Among them are residents who have been granted Temporary Protected Status. They are our neighbors, our friends, our relatives. Before any decision can be taken to repatriate them, we ask our elected officials to please consider enacting a Temporary Protected Status Adjustment Act to help ensure that:
1. TPS recipients are repatriated to stable environments that show reasonable progress in quality of life measures.
2. Remittances are taxed to help build the infrastructure and institutions needed to improve quality of life in their home countries.
3. The repatriation of TPS recipients does not adversely affect Florida.
We urge our lawmakers to please consider sponsoring this humane and responsible legislation to help safeguard the stability of our region.