Pass a resolution in support of a Haitian Family Reunification Program.
Two years after the earthquake that devastated the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, over a million displaced people still live in tent camps, substantive reconstruction has yet to begin, and a cholera epidemic threatens the health and wellbeing of people in Haiti.
Prior to the earthquake, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had approved the immigrant visa petitions of 105,000 Haitians who must wait years longer in Haiti due to the visa backlog. All will eventually join their families here; it makes more sense for them to do so immediately.
The Black Alliance for Just Immigration and groups all across the U.S. are calling upon the Department of Homeland Security to create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program – like the still-ongoing Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program it created in 2007 – or otherwise immediately grant visas to the 105,000 Haitians already approved to give parity and permit their consequent remittances to help an estimated 550,000 relatives back home.
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