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(PRESS RELEASE) – Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today spoke with His Excellency Paul Altidor, Ambassador of Haiti to the United States.
Representative Engel expressed his dismay at President Trump’s racist and hateful comments about Haiti and its people, and underscored the friendship and shared respect that have been the foundation of the United States-Haiti relationship. Representative Engel conveyed his support and admiration for the people of Haiti and the Haitian-American diaspora community as they mark the eighth anniversary of the devastating earthquake, and assured the Ambassador that the President’s views do not reflect the character of our country.
Finally, Representative Engel expressed his concerns about President Trump’s termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians living in the United States, which would rip families apart, and reiterated his desire to continue working toward a legislative solution to override the President’s TPS decision.