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DHS To Implement Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program

October 17, 2014
WASHINGTON—Starting in early 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin implementation of a Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) Program to expedite family reunification for certain eligible Haitian family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents of the U.S. and to promote safe, legal and orderly migration from Haiti to the United States.

To Rebuild Haiti, Restoring Democracy is a Must

After a devastating earthquake, hurricanes and an imported cholera epidemic, impoverished Haiti seems an unlikely candidate for tough love. But that may be the best way to resolve a political impasse blocking the country’s recovery.

Haiti by the Numbers, Three Years Later

Number of people killed in the earthquake in 2010: over 217,300
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> Number of people killed by cholera epidemic caused by U.N. troops since > October 19, 2010: over 7,912 [i]

<--break->> Number of cholera cases worldwide in 2010 and 2011: 906,632

> Percent of worldwide cholera cases that were in Haiti in those years: 57
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> Total number of cholera cases in Haiti from 2010-2012: 635,980 [ii]
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> Days Since Cholera Was Introduced in Haiti Without an Apology From the U.N.: > 813
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NAACP Today Urges President to Create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program

Dear Mr. President; Tomorrow, Saturday, January 12, 2013, marks the third anniversary of the catastrophic earthquake which struck Haiti. On behalf of the NAACP, our nation’s oldest, largest and most widely-recognized grassroots-based civil rights organization, I strongly urge you to mark this dark day in the history of our hemisphere by creating a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (FRPP) to expedite parole into the U.S. of many of the 106,000 beneficiaries of DHS-approved family-based visa petitions.

Institute for Justice & Democracy: Immigration Rights

Fam­ily Reuni­fi­ca­tion Pro­gram for Haitians

Fol­low­ing our suc­cess­ful cam­paign for Tem­po­rary Pro­tected Sta­tus for Haitians, IJDH is now urg­ing the cre­ation of a Fam­ily Reuni­fi­ca­tion Pro­gram for Haitians, win­ning sig­nif­i­cant edi­to­r­ial and other sup­port. The approved and pend­ing visa peti­tions of ben­e­fi­cia­ries in Haiti should be expe­dited so that these per­sons may be brought to the United States and reunited with their fam­i­lies imme­di­ately. This would save lives, reunite fam­i­lies, insure more orderly migra­tion from dev­as­tated Haiti, and speed the flow of remit­tances to hun­dreds of thou­sands in need.

Better Days Ahead for Haiti as Investment Grows

  • Haiti’s economy grew by 8.6% last year and forecasts to grow by 8.8% this year
  • Foreign investments increase as market reforms gain traction
  • Business leaders are optimistic about the country’s future
  • The theme of the 42nd World Economic Forum Annual Meeting is The Great Transformation: Shaping New Models. For more information, visit http://wef.ch/Davos

A Day of Remembrance: 2nd Anniversary of Haiti Earthquake

  •  The quake struck on January 12, 2010 at 4:53 p.m.
  •  The 7.0 magnitude quake's epicenter hit just 10 miles west of Porte-au-Prince and its 2 million inhabitants 
  •  3 million people in need of emergency aid after major earthquake
  •  316,000 lost their lives 

City of North Miami Resolution Urges President/DHS to Create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (FRPP)

Attached is a strong October 11, 2011 City of North Miami Resolution urging the White House and DHS to promptly create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program to "mirror" the ongoing Cuban FRPP, save lives, and help Haiti recover by generating remittances.  It notes broad national support and that over 30,000 beneficiaries have been paroled since 2009 under the Cuban program.

Mass­a­chu­setts’ Con­gres­sional Lead­ers Urge DHS Sec­re­tary Napoli­tano to Save Lives and Help Haiti by Reuni­fy­ing Hait­ian Families

Yes­ter­day U.S. Depart­ment of Home­land Secu­rity Sec­re­tary Janet Napoli­tano was again urged to promptly parole into the United States Hait­ian ben­e­fi­cia­ries of approved family-based visa peti­tions, to “mir­ror” the Cuban Fam­ily Reuni­fi­ca­tion Parole Pro­gram which promptly paroles such ben­e­fi­cia­ries and help Haiti recover from last year’s dev­as­tat­ing earth­quake by gen­er­at­ing sig­nif­i­cant remittances.

AABMC members contribute $500,000 to Habitat for Humanity

Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention members meeting in Columbus, Ohio this week helped contribute $500,000 to Habitat for Humanity for housing in Haiti: Model of Haiti transitional housing on display during the Annual Session.

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