[Blackstudies-l] DHS To Implement Haitian Family Reunification Program
lima at geneseo.edu
Sat Oct 18 09:39:28 EDT 2014
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From: Brian Concannon IJDH <development at ijdh.org>
Date: Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 5:01 PM
Subject: DHS To Implement Haitian Family Reunification Program!
To: Maria Helena Lima <Lima at geneseo.edu>
October 17, 2014
Dear Maria Helena,
The Department of Homeland Security announced today that it will implement
a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (HFRPP), starting in early
2015, to let thousands of approved Haitian beneficiaries promptly enter the
U.S. if they are within two years of their visa priority dates. IJDH, with
Haitian American leaders and others nationwide, has led a years-long effort
to win this program’s creation to save lives and help Haiti recover. While
the program is more limited than needed, thousands should benefit, and we
will monitor its implementation and seek its expansion in coming months.
Part of the article is below. Click *HERE <http://ht.ly/CVtUE>* for the
Obama administration to allow thousands of Haitians to legally enter United
*Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald*
*October 17, 2014*
[image: Wilson Alexis, 57, sits on the shore next to a boat he is building
in IÌle de la Tortue, an island on Haiti's northern coast, where migrants
often set sail from in the hopes of making it to the U.S. shore.]
Thousands of Haitians who have been waiting to reunite with U.S. citizens
and lawful permanent resident family members in the United States will now
have a chance to do so – up to two years before their immigrant visa for a
green card may be issued.
Beginning next year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will
implement a Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) Program to expedite
family reunification for eligible Haitian family members of U.S. citizens
and permanent residents who are living in Haiti and have already been
approved for a family-based immigrant visa.
The major policy shift announced Friday comes nearly three months before
the fifth anniversary of Haiti’s devastating Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake,
which launched a campaign by immigration and Haitian advocates to speed up
family reunification for Haitians, some of whom have been waiting as long
as 12 years in the immigration pipeline.
But after 80 pieces of support, including letters signed by the entire
South Florida Congressional delegation and 17 editorials in nearly a dozen
major U.S. newspapers, some had given up hope that such a program would
“There have been more political letters than I can count,” said Steve
Forrester, who has led the effort as immigration policy coordinator for the
nonprofit Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti.
Forrester hailed the announcement although it doesn’t cover immediately the
approximately 100,000 Haitians whose I-130 visas have already been approved
for a potential green card.
Under the Haitian Family Reunification Parole program, Haitians authorized
parole will be allowed to enter the United States and apply for work
permits but will not receive permanent resident status any earlier than
when their priority date is due.
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