No Visa Required: Thousands of Haitians Allowed Entry into U.S. in 2015

by admin on October 27, 2014

According to The Washington Times, the Obama administration recently announced that the Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program, which will allow thousands of Haitians to enter the U.S. and apply for work permits before being issued a U.S. visa, will be initiated in early 2015.

According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s announcement, only Haitians with family members lawfully living in the U.S. already will be potentially eligible for the program.

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“The rebuilding and development of a safe and economically strong Haiti is a priority for the United States,” said Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, in the announcement. “The Haitian Family Reunification Parole program promotes a fundamental underlying goal of our immigration system—family reunification.”

Senator Chuck Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judicial Committee which oversees immigration policy, has criticized the program for neither thoroughly detailing the process nor considering its impacts, and accused President Obama of abusing the authority of the executive branch and bypassing Congressional authority, according to The Washington Times.

According to The Associated Press, there are currently 100,000 Haitians who have been approved to come to the U.S. and are waiting for their visas.

Read the full story here.

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