Florida House Representative Dotie Joseph — Dotie Joseph, representative for Florida's 108th House District, one of the most vocal legislators on immigration bills that impact Haitians. (Ashley Miznazi/ The Haitian Times)

MIAMI — In the days before Governor Ron DeSantis signed a state law to send immigrants arriving or living in Florida to other states, two Haitian American state representatives led the fight against the legislation likely to repel or scare a multitude of Haitian asylum seekers.

“As a Haitian American, I owe it to Haitians and other asylum seekers to stand up no matter what and share my story and advocate for them,” District 105 Representative Marie Woodson said to The Haitian Times. 

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Ashley Miznazi is a Report for America corps member covering the Haitian community in the South Florida/Miami area for The Haitian Times. Her work will heavily feature photography, video and other multimedia storytelling. Previously, Ashley was a multimedia fellow at The Texas Tribune, where she reported on DACA, Afghan resettlement and the foster care system.