June 26, 2012
MIAMI — South Florida’s Haitian-American community leaders are hoping to get President Barack Obama’s attention while he’s in the state.
Obama will be in Miami later Tuesday to attend two campaign fundraisers. Haitian Women of Miami and the Haitian-American Grassroots Coalition are using Obama’s visit to call attention to their pleas for a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program.
The program would fast-track visas for more than 100,000 Haitians already approved to join family members in the U.S. A similar program exists for Cubans.
Dozens of members of Congress from both parties have urged the Obama administration to fast-track the family-based visas for Haitians.
Haitian-American Grassroots Coalition president Jean-Robert Lafortune said Tuesday that Haitian voters may stay home on election day if they feel that Obama isn’t working to help their families.