Haitian Immigration Rights

Click HERE for links to over 70 editorials, resolutions, political letters, op-eds, petitions, and other support urging the President and DHS to create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program.

Overview

IJDH’s immigration advocacy is built on three decades of leadership in ensuring a safe haven in the U.S. for Haiti’s persecuted.  We seek creation of a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program to save lives, reunite families, expedite orderly migration and speed recovery by increasing the flow of remittances to loved ones in Haiti. The Haiti Asylum Information Project (HAIP), established in 2004, has provided asylum applicants from across Haiti’s political spectrum the expert testimony and country condition information they need to present strong cases. Our Stop Deportations Now Campaign, the platform for years-long Temporary Protected Status (TPS) advocacy in Congress, the media, and the streets led to the suspension of all non-criminal deportations to Haiti in early 2009 and facilitated the immediate grant of TPS to Haitians in the United States after Haiti’s January 12, 2010 earthquake.

Expediting Haitian Family Reunification

IJDH leads nationwide advocacy urging the Obama administration to create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (FRPP).  Nearly 110,000 Haitians are beneficiaries of family-based immigrant visa petitions which the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has already approved but who remain on wait lists of up to more than 12 years in Haiti, where many may not survive.  A Cuban FRPP expedites family reunification for similarly-situated Cuban beneficiaries; IJDH has built extensive support and momentum for creation of a similar Haitian program.

Click HERE for links to letters, resolutions, editorials, reports, petitions and op-eds urging creation of a Haitian FRPP to save lives and speed Haiti’s recovery.

Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

On Jan­u­ary 21, 2010, after years of IJDH advo­cacy and a dev­as­tat­ing earth­quake nine days ear­lier, the Depart­ment of Home­land Secu­rity (DHS) des­ig­nated Haiti for Tem­po­rary Pro­tected Sta­tus (TPS) for 18 months. In May, 2011, DHS extended TPS for another 18 months to Jan­u­ary 22, 2013, and redes­ig­nated it to include Haitians who had arrived in the United States by Jan­u­ary 12, 2011, one year after the quake. On Octo­ber 1, 2012, DHS extended TPS for Haiti for another 18 months, to July 22, 2014.  Most recently, on March 3, 2014, DHS extended TPS for another 18 months, through January 22, 2016. As always, Haitians seek­ing TPS pro­tec­tion and work autho­riza­tion must apply indi­vid­u­ally, meet­ing eli­gi­bil­ity require­ments described by DHS’s United States Cit­i­zen­ship and Immi­gra­tion Ser­vices (USCIS).

TPS pro­tects most Haitians in the United States from depor­ta­tion to Haiti, and IJDH works with a broad range of advo­cates to trouble-shoot TPS imple­men­ta­tion issues as they arise.

Haitian Asylum Information Project (HAIP)

The Haitian Asylum Information Project (HAIP) is an online resource library for asylum applicants and their lawyers. It contains key documents, contact information, and model pleadings to facilitate the filing of successful Haitian asylum cases.

Click HERE to learn more about HAIP.

Stop Deportations Now Campaign

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Take Action

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Bipartisan Leaders Urge Expedited Haitian Family Reunification

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:           Steven Forester, Immigration Policy Coordinator, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), steveforester@aol.com, 786 877 6999 (English and Kreyol) Bipartisan Leaders Urge Expedited Haitian Family Reunification (BOSTON, June 5, 2014) — President Obama has received three new pleas for the Department of Homeland Security to create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (FRPP) to speed entry into the United States of nearly 110,000 beneficiaries of DHS-approved family-based visa petitions who remain on wait lists of up to over 12 years in Haiti. Democrat Alcee Hastings and Republican Mario Diaz-Balart co-sponsored a May 30 letter to the President signed by 63 members of the U.S. House of Representatives urging him to create this program “to save lives and accelerate Haiti’s recovery efforts.”  Signatories included Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, former Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, … Continue reading

Congress Members Urge Obama to Reunite Haitian Families

Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, along with a few other Congress members, has sent a letter to President Obama passionately supporting Haitian Family Reunification. Though Cuba has had a Family Reunification program since 2009, Haiti still doesn’t have one and some Haitians approved for visas have been waiting over a decade to reunite with their families in the US! A Haitian Family Reunification Program would also boost both the US and Haitian economies, since those coming to the US would likely work and send money to relatives remaining in Haiti. Congresswoman Wilson leads effort to reunite Haitians families Special to the Times, The Miami Times May 1, 2014 On Monday Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24) sent a passionate letter to President Barack Obama urging him to create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program to promptly reunite families, foster economic development and save … Continue reading

The Obama administration is keeping Haitian families apart

Marleine Bastien and Steven Forester, The Grio August 1, 2013 It’s been 42 months — three and a half years — since Haiti’s calamitous January 12, 2010 earthquake killed hundreds of thousands and left a million destitute in the hemisphere’s poorest nation.  It was a hammer blow piling misery on misery. President Obama immediately promised leadership to help Haiti and an idea surfaced, broached by Republican Elliot Abrams in the Washington Post ten days after the quake and supported as effective and easy to implement by virtually everyone ever since: expedite entry into the United States of close relatives of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents on years-long wait lists in Haiti despite already having been approved to join their family members by the Department of Homeland Security. Editorial boards, think tanks and 100 members of Congress asked: “Why should already-approved beneficiaries have to wait years longer … Continue reading

Hastings on the Third Anniversary of Haiti Earthquake

January 11, 2013   Contact: Lale Mamaux   Phone: (202) 225-1313 www.alceehastings.house.gov   Hastings on the Third Anniversary of Haiti Earthquake   (Fort Lauderdale) Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) issued the following statement on the third anniversary of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010: “On January 12, 2010, Haiti was struck by one of the largest earthquakes in its entire history, killing tens of thousands and causing immeasurable damage to its infrastructure.  Within hours, the international community mobilized its resources and were on the ground to provide lifesaving aid to the Haitian people.  Despite these laudable efforts, however, Haiti remains plagued by a stagnant economy, widespread poverty, and outbreaks of cholera.  Furthermore, in the past year, a spring drought and two storms during hurricane season resulted in more than $170 million in crop losses, endangering an additional 1.5 … Continue reading

January 11, 2013: Hastings on the Third Anniversary of Haiti Earthquake

(Fort Lauderdale) Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) issued the following statement on the third anniversary of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010: “On January 12, 2010, Haiti was struck by one of the largest earthquakes in its entire history, killing tens of thousands and causing immeasurable damage to its infrastructure. Within hours, the international community mobilized its resources and were on the ground to provide lifesaving aid to the Haitian people. Despite these laudable efforts, however, Haiti remains plagued by a stagnant economy, widespread poverty, and outbreaks of cholera. Furthermore, in the past year, a spring drought and two storms during hurricane season resulted in more than id=”mce_marker”70 million in crop losses, endangering an additional 1.5 million Haitians. “Natural disasters are the world’s cruelest actions in their disregard for human life, as they do not discriminate or … Continue reading

Temporary Protected Status Re-registration Period Extended for Haitian Nationals

      News Release Dec. 27, 2012   Temporary Protected Status Re-registration Period Extended for Haitian Nationals   WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today an extension of the re-registration period for Haitian nationals who have already been granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and seek to maintain that status for an additional 18 months. Given the impact Hurricane Sandy has had on regions where Haitians reside, the re-registration period is extended through Jan. 29, 2013. Haitian TPS beneficiaries are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Under this extension, USCIS also will accept applications from eligible individuals who have already applied after the close of the re-registration period on Nov. 30, 2012 and will continue to accept applications through Jan. 29, 2013. The initial, 60-day re-registration period was established after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced … Continue reading