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PoliticsO'Rourke calls on Trump to grant protected status to migrants fleeing Dorian damage

08:05  05 september  2019
08:05  05 september  2019 Source:   thehill.com

Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort faces potential threat as Hurricane Dorian approaches

Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort faces potential threat as Hurricane Dorian approaches President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort faces a potential threat from Hurricane Dorian, which is expected to make landfall in Florida this weekend.The storm, which officials say could become a Category 4 hurricane by the time it reaches the Florida coast, is likely to land in Melbourne, Fla. - which sits about 115 miles north of Trump's Palm Beach resort, the Tampa Bay Times reports.It's unclear where exactly the storm will hit and how strong it will become, and Mar-a-Lago sits in the "cone of uncertainty" as Dorian takes shape in the coming days, according to the Times.

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Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas), a 2020 presidential hopeful, on Wednesday called on the Trump administration to waive visa requirements for people displaced by Hurricane Dorian.

O'Rourke calls on Trump to grant protected status to migrants fleeing Dorian damage© The Hill O'Rourke calls on Trump to grant protected status to migrants fleeing Dorian damage

In a statement, the O'Rourke campaign said the damage from the storm, which killed at least 20 people in the Bahamas, was exacerbated by the administration's environmental policies.

"His administration's failure to take action on climate change and its continuous rollbacks of environmental protections have left communities vulnerable to storms increasing in intensity and frequency like Hurricane Dorian," O'Rourke said in the statement.

Former Canadian prime minister hopes Hurricane Dorian strikes 'direct hit on Mar a Lago'

Former Canadian prime minister hopes Hurricane Dorian strikes 'direct hit on Mar a Lago' As Hurricane Dorian is predicted to hit Florida by Labor Day, the former prime minister of Canada cheered the fact that President Trump's golf resort at Mar-a-Lago appears to be in its path. © Provided by MediaDC: Washington Newspaper Publishing Company, Inc.Kim Campbell, who served as the 19th Canadian prime minister for less than five months in 1993, tweeted that she is "rooting" for Trump's favorite getaway destination to take a direct hit. Campbell was not alone among Twitter users in hoping the hurricane hurts Trump in some way.

Temporary protected status (also called "TPS") is a temporary status given to eligible nationals of designated countries who are present in the United States. The status , afforded to nationals from some countries affected by armed conflict or natural disaster

The protection is called “withholding of removal.” It does not permit migrants to receive green cards or to bring family members. Officials estimated that about 7,000 Central American migrants are in Mexico heading to the U.S. They are mainly poor people and many say they are fleeing violence.

"It's on Donald Trump and the United States of America to put the health and safety of people first and to step up to provide aid and refuge to those whose livelihoods have been destroyed by Dorian," he added.

In his statement, O'Rourke also calls on the administration to grant temporary protected status to anyone facing long-term displacement in the wake of the hurricane if the Bahamian government initiates the request.

President Trump said earlier this week that the U.S. is "sending crews to help" the Bahamas in the wake of the storm, while the U.S. Agency for International Development said Tuesday that the U.S. has sent a disaster response team to the islands.

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Estimated 2,500 names on list of the missing in Bahamas after Dorian.
A tentative list of the missing in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian has 2,500 names, officials reportedly said Wednesday.However the nation's government said those names haven't yet been checked against rosters listing those who have since evacuated from the islands or are staying in shelters in light of the mass devastation due to the storm, according to the Associated Press. As a result, the list of those missing is likely to shrink, Carl Smith, a spokesman for the Bahamas' National Emergency Management Agency, told the AP.

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