From his perch as chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Western HemisphereU.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., wants to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible Haitians currently in the United States.

Last week, Rubio brought out a proposal giving those Haitians in the U.S. an extra 18 months of TPS which would start on July 22. After the massive earthquake in 2010, eligible Haitians have had TPS in the U.S.

On Friday, Rubio said he was working with the Trump administration and other senators on the matter.

“I am working with the administration and my colleagues in the Senate to extend TPS for eligible Haitians by 18 months,” Rubio said. “Ultimately I would like to see a permanent solution, but we have received some positive feedback from the administration on a temporary solution.”

Rubio’s bill was sent to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. So far, there is no counterpart over in the U.S. House. Rubio has yet to reel in any cosponsors.

This is not a new issue for Rubio. Back in 2017, Rubio made a pitch in the Miami Herald to extend TPS for Haitians. Continue reading

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