Florida Senate - 2018                                     SM 888
       By Senator Campbell
       38-01009-18                                            2018888__
    1                           Senate Memorial                         
    2         A memorial to the Congress of the United States,
    3         urging the Congress to pass H.R. 4184, the ESPERER Act
    4         of 2017.
    6         WHEREAS, H.R. 4184, the “ESPERER Act of 2017,” was
    7  introduced on October 31, 2017, and is pending before the 115th
    8  United States Congress, and
    9         WHEREAS, H.R. 4184, the “Extending Status Protection for
   10  Eligible Refugees with Established Residency Act of 2017,” seeks
   11  to allow more than 300,000 migrants from Nicaragua, Honduras, El
   12  Salvador, and Haiti who arrived in the United States and
   13  received Temporary Protected Status before January 13, 2011, to
   14  adjust their status to legal permanent residency, and
   15         WHEREAS, migrants who have not been able to return to their
   16  native countries due to such countries continuously experiencing
   17  substantial disruptions of living conditions would be granted
   18  legal permanent resident status under H.R. 4184, and
   19         WHEREAS, many of the migrants from these countries have
   20  established new lives in the United States, have started
   21  families, and have become integral parts of the local
   22  communities in which they reside by starting businesses that
   23  contribute to the local economies, and
   24         WHEREAS, the continued short-term extensions of these
   25  migrants’ Temporary Protected Status have created anxiety and
   26  uncertainty for these individuals and their families, employers,
   27  and neighbors, NOW, THEREFORE,
   29  Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   31         That the Congress of the United States is urged to pass
   32  H.R. 4184, the “ESPERER Act of 2017,” in recognition that the
   33  passage of the act would benefit the communities and economies
   34  where the migrants reside while giving the migrants peace of
   35  mind and allowing them to continue to support their families.
   36         BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Secretary of State dispatch
   37  copies of this memorial to the President of the United States,
   38  the President of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the
   39  House of Representatives, and to each member of the Florida
   40  delegation to the United States Congress.