Parole in the 112,000 Haitian Beneficiaries of Already-Approved Immigrant Visa Petitions
Prior to the earthquake, the Department of Homeland Security had approved the immigrant visa petitions of 112,000 Haitians who however must wait years longer in Haiti due to the visa backlog. All will eventually join their families here; it makes more sense for them to do so immediately. DHS should create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program – like the still-ongoing Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program it created in 2007 – or otherwise immediately parole in the 112,000 to give parity and permit their consequent remittances to help an estimated 550,000 relatives back home. This would reunite families, facilitate orderly migration, save lives at sea, and speed crucially needed recovery funds to hundreds of thousands in need. Additional still-pending petitions should be expeditiously approved.
Editorial support for our position to immediately parole in 112,000 beneficiaries of already-approved visa petitions:
- Lawmakers Cast Symbolic Vote for Haitians , Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau, February 13, 2012
- Haiti earthquake 2 years later: Homeland Security has failed Haitian Families (Steve Forester, thegrio.com) , therio.com, January 12, 2011
- The Haitian Migration: Want to help the hundreds of thousands of Haitians still suffering from the 2010 earthquake? Let some of them into the United States, New America Foundation, January 9, 2012
- No time to despair OUR OPINION : Haiti’s progress has been slow, but improvements are underway , Miami Herald, January 9, 2012
- Time for Action on Humanitarian Parole, Boston Haitian Reporter, October 7, 2011
- Open the door, Mr. President: Our Opinion: There are 55,000 reasons to be fair to Haitians, Miami Herald, January 6, 2011
- How to Help Haiti, Chicago Tribune, November 18, 2010
- Visa Program Would Help Haitians and Haiti, Newsday, September 27, 2010
- Obama Administration Should Act to Speed Haiti Visas, New Jersey Star-Ledger, August 10, 2010
- Haitian immigrants need expedited entry, San Antonio Express, July 22, 2010
- Helping Haitians Help Themselves, Los Angeles Times, July 21, 2010
- Haiti: Expedite Visas for Family Members, Boston Globe, July 17, 2010
- Helping the Haitians, Philadelphia Inquirer, July 2, 2010
- President Obama Could Rapidly Aid Haitian Asylum Seekers, Washington Post, June 26, 2010
- To End Haiti’s Despair, Miami Herald, March 28, 2010
- U.S. Must Lead in Haiti’s Recovery, Miami Herald, March 22, 2010
- Let Haitians Join Relatives in U.S.: Speed the Visas for Earthquake Victims, New Jersey Star-Ledger, February 13, 2010
- The U.S. Should Welcome Haitians In, Washington Post, January 29, 2010
- What Haiti Needs: A Haitian Diaspora, Elliot Abrams Op-Ed, Washington Post, January 22, 2010
- Letter for Urging expedited Haitian Family Reunification and Extending low-skilled temporary worker visas to Haitians (By Nelson and Rubio, Florida’s U.S. Senators and six other FL delegation members), Congess of the United States, December 22, 2011
- Letter for Urging the President to Create a Haitian FRPP or Start prompt Paroles (By Kerry, Durbin, Cardin and Gillibrand, U.S. Senators and 87 U.S. Representatives) , Congress of the United States, December 15, 2011
- Massachusetts’ State Black and Latino Legislative Caucus Urges DHS Secretary Napolitano to Create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program to Save Lives and Help Haiti Recover, Massachusetts State Black and Latino Legislative Caucus, November 4, 2011
- Massachusetts’ U.S. Senators and Representatives urge DHS Secretary Napolitano to Create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program, Massachusetts Senators and Representatives, October 25, 2011
- Mass. Gov. Patrick Urges DHS Sec. Napolitano to Create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program to Help Haiti Recover, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, September 22, 2011
- Urging the Obama Administration to Create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program to Help Haiti Recover, Save Lives, and End a Double Standard, The Council of the city of Philadelphia, April 28, 2011
- President Obama Should Implement the “Most Effective Way” to Help Haiti Recover, Steven Forester, Dorchester Reporter, September 8, 2010
- Letter to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano signed by 75 organizations, March 12, 2010
- Haiti Remittances Key to Earthquake Recovery, World Bank, May 17, 2010
- “Migration as a Tool for Disaster Recovery:” Case study on U.S. Policy Options for Post-Earthquake Haiti from the Center for Global Development.
- Two-page summary prepared for Congress outlining our position and support for immediately paroling the then 55,000 (now estimated 105,000) approved beneficiaries and for giving U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services the legal authority, now lacking, to entertain and grant individual applications to waive the required $305 fee to apply for humanitarian parole based on urgent medical or other needs.
- Unanimously adopted June 14 U.S. Conference of Mayors resolution urging the Obama administration to immediately parole in the 55,000 (now estimated 105,000) beneficiaries of already-approved visa petitions.
- Letter to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano from U.S. House Judiciary, Foreign Affairs, and Immigration Subcommittee Chairpersons John Conyers, Howard Berman, and Zoe Lofgren; Congressional Black Caucus Whip Rep. Yvette Clark; South Florida Republican Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Lincoln Diaz-Balart, and Mario Diaz-Balart; and Representative Anh Cao (R La).
- Video of IJDH Immigration Advocacy Coordinator Steven Forester speaking on “Race, Corporate Interests, and Politics of the U.S. Immigration System” at the National Lawyers’ Guild annual conference in New Orleans.
- Press Release on Protest Rally in front of U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services in Miami Thursday, August 11 at 11am, Unjust Immigration Policies for Haitians Must Change Now (TransAfrica Forum)
For more information about our immigration advocacy work or to get involved, please contact IJDH Immigration Advocacy Coordinator Steven Forester.