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Gillibrand, Menendez, Clarke To Introduce Legislation To Speed Visas For Haitians With Families In The U.S.

Legislation Would Bring Haitian Families Together, Boost Needed Resources Washington, DC – With Haiti in ruins and hundreds of thousands of people left homeless by the earthquake, Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) announced today that they will introduce legislation that would allow an estimated 55,000 Haitians who already have approved immigration petitions to join their relatives in the United States. The legislation would also provide the opportunity to apply for work, and send money back home. The Gillibrand-Menendez bill would speed up entrance into the U.S. for Haitian children and adults whose applications have been delayed due to the quake  – approximately 20,000 of whom have families in New York. Representative Yvette D. Clarke (D-Brooklyn) will introduce a similar bill in the House. Senator Gillibrand said, “During this catastrophe, it is important that we do everything we can to bring Haitian families together. […]

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