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Mass. Black and Latino Legislative Caucus Joins the Chorus of Support for Humanitarian Parole (Boston Haitian Reporter)

By: Reporter Staff, Boston Haitian Reporter November 4, 2011 – This week, the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security urging Secretary Janet Napolitano to create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program. The lawmakers join Governor Deval Patrick and most of the Mass. congressional delegation in this call for humanitarian parole for Haitians who have already been approved to come to the US. “As representatives of the state containing the third largest population of Haitians and Haitian Americans, we are deeply concerned about the precarious status of many Haitian children, elders and families as they wait in Haiti to be reunited with their families in the United States,” the caucus wrote. “As you know, for many, the conditions in Haiti since the devastating earthquake of 2010 remain unstable and even dangerous. Establishing […]

Feds extend registration for Haitian program for 6 months

CNN Wire Staff Miami, Florida (CNN) — Registration for the temporary protected status program to help Haitians living in the United States has been extended for six months, a federal official announced Monday. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas announced the extension at a town hall meeting in Miami six months after the January 12 earthquake that killed more than 220,000 people. “Since the earthquake, [U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services] has maintained an ongoing dialogue with Haitian community leaders and advocates, and we have heard that many Haitians need more time to apply” for temporary protected status, Mayorkas said in a news release announcing the extension. “Extending the registration period will afford more eligible individuals a chance to remain safely in the United States at this time of crisis and devastation in Haiti.” The deadline for Haitians to […]

US Conference of Mayors urges parole of 55,000 approved Haitian beneficiaries to speed recovery via vastly increased remittance flow – Resolution adopted unanimously June 14

Resolution No.43 Submitted by: The Honorable Andre D. Pierre Mayor of North Miami The Honorable David N. Cicilline Mayor of Providence 43. URGING PAROLE FOR ALL HAITIAN BENEFICIARIES OF APPROVED IMMIGRANT VISA PETITIONS AND EXPEDITED CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF ALL PENDING IMMIGRANT VISA PETITIONS 1. WHEREAS, on January 12, 2010, Haiti was devastated by an unprecedented 7.0 Richter Scale earthquake which has killed at least 250,000 people, left millions homeless and injured, and destroyed important Haitian government and international institutional resources and infrastructure; and 2. WHEREAS, Haiti is the western hemisphere’s poorest nation and one of the poorest in the world; and 3. WHEREAS, on January 14, 2010, President Obama said that the disaster in Haiti “is one of those moments that call out for American’s leadership” and 4. WHEREAS, it is a policy of the United States to expeditiously […]

US senators unveil plan to aid Haiti orphans

AFP WASHINGTON — Three US senators on Wednesday unveiled a bill to clear away hurdles to citizenship for roughly 1,000 Haitian orphans whose adoptions by US parents were rushed because of a January earthquake. US and Haitian authorities cleared the children to join their adoptive parents after the disaster. But without the complete paperwork necessary to finalize their adoptions, a roadblock has been raised to what would normally be automatic US citizenship upon entry into the United States. “The unprecedented devastation has turned the adoption process upside down, where it could take years before these children could have any legal status,” said Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. “In this moment of great uncertainty, we must clear the gridlock and ensure that these children have the legal protections that they deserve,” she added. Gillibrand was joined by fellow Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu […]

Haiti: Addressing Atrocities Following the Quake

By Suzan Song, Huffington Post By now, people are aware of the earthquake’s toll in Haiti. Two months later, the smell of dead bodies trapped under the rubble still lingers in the air, and food, water, and security barely exist. On top of this devastation is a second natural disaster that followed: girls and women, from 2 to 72 years old, are being raped in their make-shift shelters. Just as we assisted in the aftermath of the earthquake, we now need to assist in the aftermath of this new devastation. We do this by invigorating a policy already in place, called humanitarian parole, an immigration status that allows the most vulnerable to enter the U.S. for a temporary period of time, for an urgent, compelling reason such as life-threatening medical need, or to promote a significant public benefit. Consider Solange, […]

Seventy international, national, and local organizations, joined by three individuals, wrote DHS Sec. Napolitano today urging broad Haitian immigration relief. The letter was organized by the Washington, D.C. office of Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)

March 12, 2010 Secretary Janet Napolitano Department of Homeland Security U.S. Department of Homeland Security Washington, DC 20528 Dear Secretary Napolitano: We write to express our appreciation for the actions you have taken since the January 12 earthquake in Haiti. As the full impact of the earthquake has become clear, we also write to respectfully ask you to take additional steps to address the scope of current Haitian migration needs. Family reunification should be paramount at a time of such loss and grief. Expediting family reunification through safe and orderly migration channels would keep families together, increase U.S. remittances to Haiti, and help to avoid dangerous maritime migration. Equally important, while the U.S. takes steps to prevent Haitians from risking their lives at sea, lawlessness, impunity, and persecution often follow natural disaster. Haitians interdicted at sea must be screened to […]

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