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.
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
Click HERE to learn more about the campaign.
Take action now for fair immigration policy toward Haitians. Make your voice heard by signing petitions, writing to or calling your representatives, and getting up-to-date information about Haitian immigration.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Steve Forester, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, firstname.lastname@example.org, 786-877-6999 (English, Haitian Creole) 73 Haitian American Diaspora Groups and Leaders Urge President Obama to Create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (Miami, August 18, 2014)—In an unprecedented demonstration of unity and urgency, Haitian American organizations and leaders from across the nation and political spectrum urged President Obama “to instruct the Department of Homeland Security to create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (HFRPP) now to save lives and speed Haiti’s recovery.” Forty-three (43) diaspora groups and 30 other diaspora political, religious, professional and social leaders wrote urging the President to finally implement this long-proposed and “easy-to-implement humanitarian and recovery measure.” “DHS as of November 1, 2013 had approved family-based immigrant visa petitions for 109,489 Haitians who remain on wait lists of up to more than 12 … Continue reading
August 15, 2014 President Barack Obama, The White House Dear Mr. President: We write as Haitian-American diaspora leaders and organizations to urge you to instruct the Department of Homeland Security to create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (HFRPP) now to save lives and speed Haiti’s recovery. We believe this needed and easy-to-implement humanitarian and recovery measure would be an excellent way to fulfill your State of the Union pledge to act administratively when appropriate. DHS as of November 1, 2013 had approved family-based immigrant visa petitions for 109,489 Haitians who remain on wait lists of up to more than 12 years in Haiti, where many may have died and all are at risk given cholera and other conditions. Since Haiti’s January 2010 earthquake, a broad array of support has urged you to create an HFRPP, like the ongoing Cuban … Continue reading
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Steve Forester, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, email@example.com (English, Haitian Creole) U.S. Rep. Frederica S. Wilson Champions Haitian Family Reunification! (Miami, August 4, 2014)—Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on July 28 replied replied to Congresswoman Frederica Wilson’s April 28 letter to the President urging creation of a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program to save lives and speed Haiti’s recovery. “We have taken your request for the creation of a family reunification parole program for Haitians under advisement and are actively reviewing this proposal,” wrote Deputy Secretary Mayorkas. In her July 31 letter to community leaders conveying this reply, Rep. Wilson wrote, “I will continue to fight for the establishment of this important program.” “We strongly applaud Rep. Wilson for her continuing engagement and advocacy on behalf of these families,” said Haitian American … Continue reading
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Steven Forester, Immigration Policy Coordinator, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
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
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