The Secretary of Homeland Security made a stop in South Florida to meet with Haitian leaders to discuss temporary protected status for eligible Haitians.
Alejandro Mayorkas met with Haitian leaders for a closed meeting at the Little Haiti Cultural Center on Tuesday.
The visit by Mayorkas comes after the recent announcement that the U.S. was going to extend the temporary protected status for Haitian nationals in the U.S.
Many people applauded the action President Joe Biden took to extend it, but some are saying this is only temporary, and they’re looking for a more permanent solution.
“And we are hopeful, we are hopeful Congress will pass much-needed immigration reform that will, in fact, provide a more lasting, enduring solution,” Mayorkas said.
The temporary protected status could help more than 100,000 Haitians stay in the U.S. in what Mayorkas calls “a lawful presence.”