Urge the White House to create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program!
Following the devastating January 2010 earthquake, President Obama promised U. S. leadership in helping Haiti recover. To fulfill this promise, the White House can create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (HFRPP) and allow 105,193 people in Haiti who have already been approved by DHS for immigrant visas to promptly join their petitioning family members here in the U.S.
Despite U.S. approval of their visas, these relatives of our community members will wait in Haiti for up to eleven years because of annual quotas. They must wait in a country with a smashed infrastructure, nearly a million displaced and living in dangerous camp conditions, and a cholera outbreak that is claiming thousands of lives. Forcing thousands to wait in Haiti not only strains the resources available in Haiti but burdens the relatives in the U.S. and limits additional remittances. There is precedent to allow them in more promptly. DHS recently renewed a Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program under which nearly 25,000 approved beneficiaries were allowed into the U.S. in 2009 and 2010. All our decision makers should be urging the White House to create a similar program for approved Haitians!
How to Help: Let Your Voice Be Heard!
1. Contact your elected representatives: Ask them to call President Obama directly to urge him to create a HFRPP now.
Sen. John Kerry- 617-565-8519, 508-677-0522, or visit: http://kerry.senate.gov/contact/
Sen. Scott Brown- 202-224-4543, 617-565-3170, http://scottbrown.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/emailscottbrown
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino- 617-635-4500, firstname.lastname@example.org
Governor Deval Patrick- 617.725.4005, 888.870.7770
Your Congressional Representative- 202-224-3121, or visit: https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml
2. Attend Governor Patrick’s upcoming Town Hall meetings. Ask him to call on Obama to support a HFRPP:
MARTHA’S VINEYARD: July 23rd – Eliakems Way (By 250 State Road), West Tisbury; Rain Location: Howes House (Council on Aging),State Road, West Tisbury
BOSTON: July 26th – Johnson Park, Green & Lamartine Streets, Jamaica Plain
3. Join face-to-face meetings with our public officials to encourage them to contact the White House.
4. Call your local city representatives and ask them to pass a city resolution in support of a HFRPP.
5. Call President Obama. Urge him to create a HFRPP now: 202-456-1111; http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact
For More Information and to Get Involved:
Wadner Oge, Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti: 617-721-5983; Steve Forester, IJDH: 786-877-6999; Virginia Benzan, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute: 617-357-0700#355; Kerline Tofuri or Carol Gomez, MataHari: 617-448-0993