Members of South Florida's Congressional delegation met today with the top Department of Homeland Security official, and asked that the U.S. temporarily stop deporting Haitians.
It was the first cabinet-level meeting on temporary protected status for Haitians in eight years and DHS Secretary Jane Napolitano was "very receptive," said U.S. Rep. Kendick Meek, D-Miami.
U.S. Representatives Alcee Hastings, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, all Democrats, and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Miami joined Meek in the 45-minute meeting.
The protected status would allow undocumented Haitians already in the country to stay and work legally. The meeting comes a week after the first official response from President Barack Obama's administration denied the request, for now. It's a request Haitian advocates have been making for years.