Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Obama Administration should act to Speed Haiti Visas

New Jersey Star-Ledger Editorial Odson Pierre Louie, a 32-year-old immigrant from Haiti, had waited a decade to get here when he and his father arrived in Newark in 1995. He has since filed for a visa for his sister, Eusleie, 32, to come to the United States. But he’s afraid he won’t see her anytime soon. “I filled out the paperwork for my sister three years ago, before the earthquake.” Louie says. “I think we have another seven years.” Unfortunately, he’s likely to be right. After the catastrophic earthquake in January, President Obama promised to make relief for Haiti a priority. But his administration has failed to take an easy step that would benefit thousands of Haitian families. Some 55,000 Haitians have been approved for visas by the Department of Homeland Security, but still face a years-long wait to enter […]

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