DHS To Implement Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program
Beginning early 2015, the Department of Homeland Security will implement the Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program, or HFRP. The program seeks to accelerate family reunification for certain Haitian family members of current U.S. citizens and permanent residents that are in the country lawfully. The HFRP program also wants to promote a safe and legal migration from Haiti to the United States. With this program, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will offer Haitians who already have family-based visa petitions and that are still in Haiti, an opportunity to come to the U.S. for up to two years before their visa priority dates become valid. Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, goes on state that the U.S. strongly discourages individuals from Haiti to participate in life-threatening or illegal maritime journeys to the U.S. and they will not qualify for the HFRP program as well as being sent back to Haiti if found at sea. Under the HFRP program, Haitians authorized parole will be allowed to enter the U.S. and apply for work permits but will not be able to receive permanent residency anytime sooner.
The HFRP program is one that seeks to help families that have been split up. The fact that the DHS is implementing this program this year is a big step in helping individuals reunite with their family and gives them an opportunity to live in the United States. I think that this program will be a success because of the results from the Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program implemented in 2007. From 2007 to 2009, there were over thirty thousand beneficiaries from Cuba’s program. This goes to show that the program will help bring together families that have been separated due to a number of circumstances.