NATIONAL COALITION OF AFRICAN AMERICAN AND BLACK IMMIGRANT LEADERS AFFIRM VICTORY FOR HAITIAN COMMUNITY

Haitian-Americans Receive Long Awaited Visa Program to Reunite Family Members After 5 Years of National Advocacy

[New York, NY – Friday October 17th, 2014] Advocates of the Reunite Haitian-American Families Campaign have achieved a significant victory in the October 17th Department of Homeland Security announcement of a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (HFRP). Prior to this federal announcement longstanding support for FRPP grew from key national efforts like the Reunite Haitian American Families Campaign that is sponsored by the national coalition Black Immigration Network, which includes organizations such as the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees and Haitian Women of Miami.
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REUNITE HAITIAN AMERICAN FAMILIES CAMPAIGN CHAIR, MARLEINE BASTIEN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, FANM AYISYEN NAN MIYAMI, MIAMI AND STEVEN FORESTER, IMMIGRATION POLICY COORDINATOR, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE & DEMOCRACY IN HAITI, MIAMI CO-AUTHORED AN OP-ED IN THE OCTOBER 16 MIAMI HERALD

President Obama plans to announce executive actions regarding immigration tailored to Hispanic needs, a key demographic. While that’s smart substantively and politically, his neglect of a key Haitian-American goal may lower voter turnout next month.

The president has so far ignored more than 80 significant calls since 2010 for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to create a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (FRPP), like a recently renewed Cuban program, disappointing Haitian Americans previously upset when related 2012 campaign promises weren’t met.

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