77th Annual Meeting


WHEREAS, the country of Haiti was severely impacted by successive hurricane and tropical storm strikes during a compressed period in 2008; and

WHEREAS, already tenuous conditions in Haiti were exacerbated by the magnitude and scale of these natural disasters, and tens of thousands remain homeless and displaced, food shortages continue, malnutrition rates are rising, and joblessness continues to climb in Haiti; and

WHEREAS, these natural disasters have had a devastating effect on infrastructure and essential and public services remain inadequate, including electrical power and clean drinking water, and many areas of the country remain isolated and uninhabitable while many roads and highways remain impassable; and

WHEREAS, these tragic conditions are not conducive to successful repatriation, repatriation under these conditions is inconsistent with our values as a country, and deportations of Haitian nationals were temporarily suspended in the wake of these natural disasters; and

WHEREAS, the government of Haiti continues to work towards recovery from these disasters and improve and remediate the exceptionally difficult living conditions that these disasters have caused, yet the people of Haiti continue to suffer under these extreme conditions; and

WHEREAS, the Obama Administration has expressed concerns for nationals of Haiti affected by the recurring natural disasters that have befallen Haiti over several years and their economic consequences; and

WHEREAS, the Obama Administration is in the process of formulating an overall Haiti policy and has expressed its continued commitment to working closely with the U.S. Congress, the Government of Haiti, the Organization of American States, the United Nations and the international community to address the humanitarian and security concerns that continue to face the people of Haiti; and

WHEREAS, the designation of Temporary Protected Status for Haiti and Haitian nationals would provide needed relief to those affected and the Government of Haiti as it works to stabilize conditions and recover from the damage inflicted by this environmental disaster; and

WHEREAS, Temporary Protected Status has been afforded to El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua in the wake of conditions in those countries resulting from natural disasters, and conditions in Haiti clearly meet the statutory requirements necessary for designation of Temporary Protected Status,

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors calls on the Secretary of Homeland Security, with whom such authority lies, to designate Haiti and Haitian nationals for Temporary Protected Status; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors calls on the Secretary of Homeland Security to promptly suspend deportations of Haitian nationals.