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Massachusetts’ U.S. Senators and Representatives urge DHS Secretary Napolitano to Create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (Massachusetts Senators and Representatives)

The letter is to Secretary Napolitano, urging DHS’s prompt parole into the United States of Haitian beneficiaries of approved family-based visa petitions, to “mirror” the Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program and help Haiti recover by generating remittances.

The letter is from United States Senators John Kerry and Scott Brown and United States Representatives Michael Capuano, Barney Frank, James McGovern, Edward Markey, John Olver, and Stephen Lynch, all of Massachusetts.  Senator Kerry serves as Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.  (His House counterpart, U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs, wrote Secretary Napolitano urging this relief on March 8, 2010, joined by seven other leading House members of both parties.)

Today’s letter joins Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s September 22, 2011 letter to DHS Secretary Napolitano urging this same relief.

These letters join calls for this same relief from the editorial boards of the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Washington Post, San Antonio Express News, Miami Herald, Newsday, Star-Ledger, and Palm Beach Post, in thirteen separate editorials; from Philadelphia’s City Council and the U.S. Conference of Mayors in strong resolutions; from six U.S. Senators in a separate 2011 letter; from Haitian-American leaders and editorial writers; and in a June 2011 Center for Global Development working paper urging DHS to create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program and to start by promptly paroling the most vulnerable, as suggested in today’s letter.

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