REUNITE HAITIAN-AMERICAN FAMILIES CAMPAIGN
Campaign Update: Victory! On October 21, 2014 the Department of Homeland Security announced the creation of the Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program. Since then, nearly 15,000 families have received invitations to apply for expedited visas. BIN continues to advocate for full expansion of the HFRPP program.
The “Reunite Haitian-American Families” campaign is a grassroots advocacy campaign comprised of Haitian American and migrant rights advocates, human rights activists and community leaders calling on President Obama’s Administration to create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (FRPP). In the four years following the devastation of the earthquake in January 2010, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has approved over 110,000 family-based immigrant visa petitions, 16,000 of those for children under age 18. These potential visa recipients can remain on wait lists for up to more than 12 years in a still-recovering Haiti; where they may not survive life-threatening conditions such as the deadly cholera outbreak which has claimed thousands of lives and continues to spread.
The goal of the campaign is to have President Obama instruct DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson to create an FRRP program similar to the one which expedites family reunification for Cuban Americans and their relatives. This policy would allow the 110,000 Haitian visa recipients to join their families that are waiting to welcome and care for them in the U.S. A Haitian FRPP would save lives, speed recovery and provide humanitarian relief to thousands in need.