Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

DHS Creates a Haitian Family Reunification Program

Reunite Haitian Fams 3In January 2010, after Haiti’s devastating earthquake, DHS designated Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (which IJDH had long urged), protecting most Haitians from deportation and granting them work permit eligibility. IJDH then began a campaign for creation of a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (HFRP), to save lives and help Haiti recover by generating remittances, winning extensive editorial and political support (SCROLL DOWN for links to over 80 items).  Our campaign succeeded on October 17, 2014, when DHS announced it will implement an HFRP in early 2015 to expedite the entry into the U.S. of approved beneficiaries whose visas are within two years of becoming current.  While thrilled with this development, which should help thousands, we will seek to expand coverage of the new program to include all DHS-approved beneficiaries in Haiti, many of whom are on wait lists of up to 12 years (not just two), and closely monitor its implementation to seek to insure its maximum effectiveness.

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