On Friday morning, Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) urged Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to allow Haitian immigration applicants with family members who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents to enter the United States while processing of their immigration applications is completed.
In a letter signed by 19 colleagues from the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Johnson argued that extreme conditions in earthquake-stricken Haiti necessitate the implementation of a Humanitarian Parole policy that would ease entry for Haitians who have applied for family-based immigration to the United States.
"These are people with family members who are U.S. citizens and permanent residents," said Rep. Johnson. "Most of their applications will be approved. Conditions are extreme in Haiti. They should be permitted to enter the United States while their applications are processed. Those few who are rejected will be deported."
Signing the letter authored by Johnson were Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy (D-OH), Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-NY), Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Rep. James Moran (D-VA), Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL), Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Rep. Raul M. Grijalva (D-AZ), Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI), Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-MI), Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL), and Rep. Diane Watson (D-CA).