- Honorable Janet NapolitanoSecretary of the United States Department of Homeland Security
High School Students for Haitian Immigration
There are 112,000 Haitians who have already been approved by the Department of Homeland Security for immigration to the United States but who are on wait lists of nearly three to eleven years in Haiti due to annual immigration caps set by the United States government. We are asking Secretary Napolitano to use her discretion as Secretary to adjust these caps to allow thousands of people to be reunited with their families more promptly .
Conditions in Haiti remain deplorable. More than 500,000 people still live in tent cities, cholera has infected another half million people, and children continue to die of curable diseases and basic infections. Death is a condition of everyday life. Human rights are systematically denied as the poor are irrationally evicted from their tent cities, and women and girls are forced to live with the ever-present danger of rape and sexual assault in the misery of Haitian slums.
If Secretary Napolitano were to exercise her parole authority, these Haitians living in abject poverty and unending misery would be able to be reunited with their families in the United States. Many of these Haitians are teenagers and students just like us, young adults with aspirations for a better life, young adults who have experienced a life of pain on a level unimaginable to most, young adults with a future. One thing we do share with our Haitian peers is the universal feeling of unending optimism for the future. Haitians deserve the opportunity to be freed from the misery of their present condition and immigrate to the United States. Please sign the below petition and call upon Secretary Napolitano to take the steps necessary to facilitate the speedy reunification of Haitian families. This is a tangible way to effect positive social change in our global community.
For more information on Haitian immigration visit http://ijdh.org/projects/immigration#FRPP.
- Secretary of the United States Department of Homeland Security
Honorable Janet Napolitano
I, among many other high school students, am writing to respectfully ask you to exercise your authority to more expeditiously parole Haitians with approved family applications. As you know, conditions in Haiti are in many cases life-threatening. I am concerned for the well being of the many Haitian children, elderly, and other family members as they wait in Haiti to be reunited with their families in the United States. Women and girls must contend with the threat of rape and sexual assault on a daily basis, while children and the elderly must contend with the ravenous cholera epidemic that has infected over half a million people.
Establishing a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program would allow Haitians with already approved visas to escape the unstable and dangerous conditions, and be with their families in the United States. This is of particular interest to high school students because we see the impact that our education and opportunity has had on our development, and wish the same quality of life for our Haitian peers. We simply ask that you exercise your discretionary authority as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to grant parole to these Haitians and allow them to more promptly emigrate to the United States. I would like to thank you for your attention to this important matter and for all your work on behalf of Haitians.
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