Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson says Haitian Family Reunification Program is underway.
The Congresswoman was joined at the news conference by Activist Marliene Bastien who is also the executive director of Haitian Women of Miami; Activist and Immigration Attorney Cheryl Little who is also executive director of America for Justice; Immigration Attorney Steve Forester; El Portel Mayor Daisy M. Black, other Haitian Activists and Haitian family members.
Recently, Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson held a press conference to discuss the recent announcement of a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The Haitian Family Reunification Parole program will expedite family reunification for eligible Haitian relatives of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent U.S. residents. The program will also promote safe, legal, and orderly emigration from Haiti to the United States. These steps will reunite tens of thousands of Haitian families and provide a vital lifeline to Haiti’s economy.
As a lifelong champion for Haiti, Congresswoman Wilson has led the effort to establish the Haitian Family Reunification Program by directly engaging with President Obama, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and her colleagues in Congress.
“All of the hard work and advocacy has paid off,” said Congresswoman Wilson. “This is a great win for my Congressional District which is home to the largest Haitian community in the U.S.”
“I look forward to personally welcoming and rolling out the red carpet for the first wave of recipients of this program.”
Currently, more than 100,000 Haitians with approved family-based immigrant visa petitions are forced to wait for years in Haiti.