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28351: Hermantin(News)Haitian rally in Miami seeks equal treatment (fwd)

From: leonie hermantin <lhermantin@hotmail.com>

Haitian rally in Miami seeks equal treatment


April 23, 2006

Several thousand Haitian immigrants rallied in downtown Miami Saturday, calling for Temporary Protected Status for fellow Haitians who arrive in the United States illegally.

The protesters pointed to immigrants from Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and other countries who enjoy the benefits of TPS, which halts deportations and grants work permits based on certain conditions. Haitians do not qualify for TPS.

"It's a question of equal treatment," said Steven Forester, senior policy advocate for Haitian Women of Miami, one of the organizers of the march.

The peaceful rally ended in front of the Department of Homeland Security offices on Northeast 79th Street and Biscayne Boulevard, where marchers heard from local elected officials and community activists.
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