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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