Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Tuesday, 7/26! Take Action in Jamaica Plain for Haitian Immigrant Rights

Attend Governor Deval Patrick’s town hall event at Johnson Park in Jamaica Plain on Tuesday at 5:30 pm, to visibly urge him to do his part to reunite Haitian families!

Patrick can and should urge Obama to create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (HFRPP). This would allow the 105,193 people in Haiti who have already been approved by DHS for immigrant visas to promptly join their petitioning family members here in the U.S., instead of waiting for years on quota lists. (See below for more details).

Here’s one way to show support at the Governor’s town hall event:

A Haitian-American activist will raise the HFRPP with Patrick and point out the supporters in the crowd, at which point you make yourself visible! Wave, stand, jump, spin a pirouette… just be sure Patrick can see that there is support for the HFRPP among his constituents.

Where: Johnson Park in Jamaica Plain: (At Green and Lamartine Streets)

When: THIS TUESDAY! July 26 at 5:30 pm

Updates on the Town Hall (Rain Location, etc.) HERE

Have you successfully filed a petition for a visa for a family member who is now waiting in Haiti?  Patrick needs to hear from you directly!  Call Wadner Oge for more info: 617-721-5983.

More information about the HFRPP:

Following the devastating January 2010 earthquake, President Obama promised U. S. leadership in helping Haiti recover. To fulfill this promise, the White House can create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (HFRPP) and allow 105,193 people in Haiti who have already been approved by DHS for immigrant visas to promptly join their petitioning family members here in the U.S.

Despite U.S. approval of their visas, these relatives of our community members will wait in Haiti for up to eleven years because of annual quotas. They must wait in a country with a smashed infrastructure, nearly a million displaced and living in dangerous camp conditions, and a cholera outbreak that is claiming thousands of lives. Forcing thousands to wait in Haiti not only strains the resources available in Haiti but burdens the relatives in the U.S. and limits additional remittances. Plus, there is precedent to allow them in more promptly.  DHS recently renewed a Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program under which nearly 25,000 approved beneficiaries were allowed into the U.S. in 2009 and 2010.  All our decision makers should be urging the White House to create a similar program for Haitians!

For more information, contact: Wadner Oge at 617-721-5983.

Please forward this email to your friends and networks.  Also, see the attached Action Alert for more on how you can help.

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