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Immigration activists rallied outside Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart’s Miami office on Tuesday morning, asking him to want him to vote “NO” on President Donald Trump’s budget increase for immigration enforcement and asking that those funds are allocated instead for education. 

The rally was the culmination of a movement-training program run by the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) that brought 70 youth activists from eight states to Miami for the weekend.

Holly Pretsky / WLRN

Miami Herald

Haitian nationals who have been protected from deportation from the U.S. for more than seven years since an earthquake struck their homeland won one more temporary reprieve Monday: The Department of Homeland Security announced that it will extend the benefit, which expires on July 22, for another six months.

Holly Pretsky / WLRN

Hundreds of protesters gathered in Miami Saturday morning chanting "Donald Trump! TPS now!"

The crowd intermittently swelled off the sidewalks on either side of NW 7th Avenue, outside the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Miami Field Office, slowing traffic. 

Concerns that President Trump may not renew TPS status for Haitians intensified after the Associated Press obtained emails from the USCIS inquiring about Haitians' criminal backgrounds.

Holly Pretsky / WLRN

Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz called the Trump administration's immigration policies "abhorrent and horrific" Thursday  morning after a private roundtable with Miami-area immigrant advocates.

"There has been fear sown through our immigrant community... causing them to fear interacting with any government entity," said Wasserman Schultz.

Representatives from Catholic Charities, FANM or Haitian Women of Miami, the American Immigration Lawyers Association and other groups were among those who met with Wasserman Schultz at her Sunrise office.

Charles Trainor / Miami Herald

COMMENTARY

Is the presidential candidate who threw promises to Little Haiti throwing a dragnet over it now that he’s President?

Candidate Donald Trump pledged to Haitian-American voters here that he’d be their “greatest champion.” But the Associated Press reports the Trump Administration is fishing for criminals among Haitian immigrants – specifically the 50,000 Haitians living in the U.S. under Temporary Protected Status, or TPS.

Amanda Rabines

Hundreds of protesters gathered in Bubier Park in Downtown Fort Lauderdale on Monday to march on May Day - a holiday when laborers and immigrants are recognized.

The protest in the heart of Las Olas Boulevard, just across the street from the Florida Atlantic University/Broward College Higher Education Complex, was one of the several organized by the Florida Immigrant Coalition, the Women's March and a loose coalition of organizations across South Florida. More people rallied in Miami, Homestead and Lake Worth. 

Kenny Malone

 

A few days after the earthquake, the U.S. government decided that Haitians living in the United States would be eligible for Temporary Protected Status, or TPS.  However, there has been much confusion about who can apply, how you apply and what happens after you apply for TPS.