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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.

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Edi­to­r­ial and Op-Ed Support :

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Media: Pod­cast, Video, and Radio:

  • Radio WLRN Miami Her­ald News on “Haitian-American lead­ers ask Obama to speed up visa process” on May 28, 2012.
  • Video of IJDH Immi­gra­tion Advo­cacy Coor­di­na­tor Steven Forester speak­ing on “Race, Cor­po­rate Inter­ests, and Pol­i­tics of the U.S. Immi­gra­tion Sys­tem” at the National Lawyers’ Guild annual con­fer­ence in New Orleans. 

IDH Overview:  IDH’s immi­gra­tion work is built on three decades of lead­er­ship in ensur­ing a safe haven in the U.S. for Haiti’s persecuted. The Haiti Asy­lum Infor­ma­tion Project (HAIP), estab­lished in 2004, has pro­vided asy­lum appli­cants from across Haiti’s polit­i­cal spec­trum the expert tes­ti­mony and coun­try con­di­tion infor­ma­tion they need to present strong cases. Our Stop Depor­ta­tions Now Cam­paign, the plat­form for over a year of Tem­po­rary Pro­tected Sta­tus (TPS)advo­cacy in Con­gress, in the media, and on the streets, led to the de facto sus­pen­sion of all non-criminal depor­ta­tions to Haiti in early 2009 and set the stage for the grant of TPS to Haitians already in the United States on Jan­u­ary 12, 2010, the day of the Haiti earthquake. The earth­quake has gen­er­ated great needs, but also oppor­tu­ni­ties for U.S. immi­gra­tion poli­cies, such as grant­ing TPS and parol­ing thou­sands of Haitians into the United States, to reunite fam­i­lies, facil­i­tate orderly migra­tion, and, most impor­tantly, help Haiti recover by speed­ing the flow of remit­tances to hun­dreds of thou­sands in need there.

Click here to learn more about Hait­ian Fam­ily Reuni­fi­ca­tion Parole Pro­gram campaign

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