American Bar Association
August 9, 2012
The American Bar Association urges the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) to create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program, and immediately begin paroling into the United States already-approved Haitian beneficiaries of family-based visa petitions.
The aim of this Resolution is to support the creation of a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program. Such program would enable already-approved beneficiaries of family-based immigration petitions the ability to travel to the United States to wait for a permanent resident visa rather than waiting in Haiti where the average delay is 3-11 years. Authority to create this program rests within the Secretary of Homeland Security’s existing parole authority under section 212(d)(5)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Approximately 112,450 Haitians currently possess approved family-based petitions and are waiting for immigrant visas to become available in order to travel to the United States. Allowing these Haitians to come to the U.S. in the near-term will aid ongoing humanitarian efforts following the January 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti.