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Obama Urged to Allow Family Members to Enter U.S. through Parole Visa Program
Thursday, 28 June 2012
Haitian advocates in Miami urged President Barrack Obama to let their families enter the U.S. through the Haitian Family Reunification Parole Visa Program.
Leaders of the group made the appeal at the center for Haitian Women of Miami during the President's visit in the town on June 26, 2012. The appeal follows the commitment of the President after the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 when he promised to help Haitians get back on their feet. Miami leaders also supported Haitians who are living in disaster areas and want to reunite with relatives in the U.S. Children held signs that read "President Obama: Let the children come" and "Haitians deserve equal treatment".
112,000 visa petitioners would be allowed to enter the U.S as they wait for a U.S. family-based visa if the Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program was signed. Members of both parties in Congress have showed their support for the legislation and waited for the President approval. Previously, Obama approved a similar program for Cuban immigrants wanting to reunite with families in the U.S.
"It's been proven that the best way to help Haiti recover after an earthquake that killed 250,00 people is to facilitate legal migration," said Marlein Bastien who worked in local and national efforts to provide aid after the earthquake . "And it's the best way to keep people from taking to the sea in rickety boats and risking their lives."
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