Dear President Trump,
As one of your earliest supporters and donors, I am disheartened to hear that your head of Homeland Security is seriously considering deporting longtime residents.
TPS or Temporary Protected Status has been given to 60,000 Haitians living in the United States for many years. Thousands came after the hurricane disasters of 2010, but many others were here for political protection or asylum from dangerous thugs in Haiti even before that.
I personally know that some have worked hard in America and believe in the American Dream, learned English, and are consistent taxpayers. Many Haitian refugees granted asylum work in some of the most necessary and difficult jobs in America. They take care of our senior citizens in nursing homes or provide aid to other disabled Americans who cannot fend for themselves. These are the jobs few traditional American citizens will do. It’s hard work, and often unpleasant work.
Now we hear recommendations are coming to you to deport these people after a decade or more of living in the United States. I have never heard of anything more cold-blooded or unfair.
When I voted for you, I did not expect the decent hard-working people would be the target of discrimination by functionary appointees of your administration.
I urge you, please, Mr. Trump, to grant temporary protected status to Haitians before July 22. To let them dangle until the last minute AND then be deported is harsh business.
Deporting believers in the American Dream is not true to Republican standards of charity and goodwill and violates every standard by which I have lived as a Republican my entire life.
Please give Temporary Protected Status to Haitians immediately.
Your ardent supporter,
Dr. William Russo