March 3, 2021
LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel recently joined a coalition of attorneys general urging the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to withdraw the decision to terminate the Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program (HFRP) and the Filipino World War II Veteran Parole Program (FWVP).
The HFRP, started in 2014, provides a pathway for Haitians with approved family-based immigrant visa applications to join family members in the United States prior to receiving their visas. USCIS later implemented the FWVP Program to similarly provide a pathway for reunifying Filipino World War II veterans in the United States with family members. The coalition asserts that these programs have brought relief to immigrants seeking to rejoin their families and escape increasingly dire conditions at home.
“These programs have allowed eligible immigrants to reunite more quickly with their families, and that is what our focus should be,” Nessel said. “The United States should not be in the business of prolonging the separation of families, and I stand by my colleagues to call on these federal agencies to reconsider their decisions and continue these programs that benefit our immigrant populations.”
The HFRP was established in December 2014 to assist with the reunification of families. The program gave eligible Haitians the opportunity to safely and legally immigrate to the United States more quickly while Haiti continued to face devastation and destruction following a catastrophic 2010 earthquake. The goal of the program continues to be promoting lawful, orderly migration and supporting Haiti’s long-term reconstruction and continued development. Two years following the successful implementation of the HFRP, the FWVP was created to assist aging Filipino World War II veterans living in the United States by allowing their family members to join them in the United States to offer care and support.
In their comments, the attorneys general argue that these programs should remain in place because:
Joining Nessel in the comment are the attorneys general of California, Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.