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Petitioning The Alameda County Board of Supervisors

Support a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program

The Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) is calling upon residents of Alameda County, California to petition the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to support the people of Haiti by adopting a resolution urging the Obama Administration to create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program to save lives and to help Haiti recover.  The Oakland City Council has already passed a resolution. 

More than four years after the earthquake that devastated the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, hundreds of thousands of displaced people still live in tent camps, substantive reconstruction has yet to begin, and a cholera epidemic still 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.

BAJI and groups all across the U.S. are calling upon DHS 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.

This would reunite families, facilitate orderly migration, save lives at sea, and speed crucially needed recovery funds to hundreds of thousands in need. Another 19,000 additional still-pending petitions should be expeditiously approved. Among those whose immigration petitions have been approved are Haitian spouses and minor children of U.S. permanent residents, adult children of U.S. citizens and permanent residents, and married children and spouses, and their families. In some cases, these family members could be waiting for up to 11 years to enter the United States.

Haitian family members of U.S. citizens remain at serious risk when they could be in the United States working productively for both our economy and Haiti’s. Thus BAJI is supporting the call for the Obama Administration to reunify U.S. citizens and their Haitian family members immediately.

We will present the petitions to the Board of Supervisors in May 2014.  Haitian families need and deserve our support. Be a part of helping them to survive and thrive.  Thank you.

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