Sending Office: Honorable Alcee L. Hastings
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        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Deadline: Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Dear Colleague:

            I write to you today to ask you to become an original cosponsor for my House Concurrent Resolution, which expresses Congress’ support for providing temporary protected status for Haitian nationals residing in the United States at the time Hurricane
Matthew hit Haiti.

On October 4, 2016, Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti, and was the worst hurricane to hit the country in 50 years taking the lives of over 1,000 people and directly affecting 2.1 million Haitians with the internal displacement of 175,000 people and
leaving 1.4 million in need of urgent humanitarian aid.        

            It is estimated that Hurricane Matthew resulted in damage that will cost Haiti $1,000,000,000, or about 11.4 percent of its gross domestic product. This includes extensive damage to Haiti’s roadways, bridges, buildings and critical infrastructure.
Additionally, Hurricane Matthew resulted in tremendous destruction in Haiti’s agricultural sector with crop losses estimated to be $360 million.

            Within the context of the terrible damage wrought by Hurricane Matthew, Haiti continues its efforts to rebuild from the 2010, 7.0 magnitude earthquake, and recover from the Cholera outbreak of the same year.

            With these tragedies in mind, and the knowledge that Haitians continue to work diligently to address these and other important issues, including creating strong democratic institutions, I respectfully request that you lend your support to this
important concurrent resolution.

            If you have any questions or would like to become an original co-sponsor of my resolution, please contact Tom Carnes in my office at or 5-1313.


Alcee L. Hastings

Member of Congress

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