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Many Set to Immigrate Through Haitian Family Reunification

This article describes a couple who were part of just a small Haitian community when they first moved to Fort Pierce, FL. Now, the growing population of Haitians will likely grow even more as the Obama administration has agreed to implement a Haitian Family reunification program starting in 2015. IJDH Immigration Policy Coordinator Steve Forester, and others, describe why this program is so important for both Haiti and the US. An excerpt is below. Click HERE for the full text. More Haitians make Tampa Bay area their home José Patiño Girona, The Tampa Tribune October 26, 2014 … Earlier this month, President Barack Obama announced the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will oversee the Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program to more quickly unify Haitians who are here and their families who stayed behind. The program makes it easier for Haitians living […]

Help emigrants aid Haiti

DATE: January 14, 2010 SOURCE: The Tampa Tribune TEXT: The United States, Haiti’s major benefactor and trading partner, is responding quickly to the disastrous earthquake that hit on Tuesday. Public and private contributions will be substantial. Yet there is something more the United States should do and it’s politically difficult: grant temporary protected status to Haitians living here illegally. Former President George Bush refused to do it, and President Barack Obama has dodged the issue, saying it should be part of “a broader conversation about immigration.” Time has run out. Haiti has suffered a disaster of unprecedented proportions. Estimates of the dead – and injured lacking medical care – are horrifying. An estimated 30,000 Haitians, many of them in Florida, are facing deportation from the United States back to a place where they cannot find work and likely cannot […]

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