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Haitian-American Professionals Express “frustration and disappointment” at President’s Inaction on Haitian Family Reunification, June 3, 2012

In his May 31 letter (shown below), the chairperson of Florida’s Haitian-American Professionals Coalition (HAPC), comprising 14 organizations, writes President Obama “to express our frustration and disappointment” because “there can be no justification for the large number of our relatives, long approved to join their families in the United States, left to languish on a waiting list in Haiti of 3 to 11 years.” He writes, “For 28 months, since the January 12, 2010 earthquake, we have implored your administration to save lives and help Haiti recover by expediting the parole into the U.S. of our approved relatives.”  He cites much of the overwhelming and bipartisan congressional, national and Florida support; the Cuban program DHS created in 2007 and renewed in 2010; and last year’s Center for Global Development paper stressing the applicability of that program’s rationale and urging creation of a similar Haitian program to help Haiti recover. HAPC Chairperson Richard Champagne continues: “On […]

Haitian-American Professionals Express “frustration and disappointment” at President’s Inaction on Haitian Family Reunification

In yesterday’s letter (copied below, and attached), the chairperson of Florida’s Haitian-American Professionals Coalition (HAPC), comprising 14 organizations, writes President Obama “to express our frustration and disappointment” because “there can be no justification for the large number of our relatives, long approved to join their families in the United States, left to languish on a waiting list in Haiti of 3 to 11 years.” He writes, “For 28 months, since the January 12, 2010 earthquake, we have implored your administration to save lives and help Haiti recover by expediting the parole into the U.S. of our approved relatives.”  He cites much of the overwhelming and bipartisan congressional, national and Florida support; the Cuban program DHS created in 2007 and renewed in 2010; and last year’s Center for Global Development paper stressing the applicability of that program’s rationale and urging creation of a similar Haitian program to help Haiti recover. HAPC Chairperson Richard Champagne continues: “On […]

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