Thousands of Haitian families and friends across the United States, Haiti and other parts of the Americas spent the weekend excitedly searching for information about becoming a financial supporter, or sponsor, to would-be immigrants. The flurry of inquiries follows the Biden Administration’s Jan. 5 immigration announcement that it would turn back migrants from the land borders and implement a parole program that could bring as many as 720,000 people into the country by air travel over the next two years.
The humanitarian parole process, detailed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the White House, allows up to 30,000 Haitians, Nicaraguans, Venezuelans and Cubans per month, beginning Jan. 6, to enter the U.S. They will be allowed to enter and work in the U.S. if they have eligible sponsors who pledge support to them financially and pass security vetting.
DHS has not yet set a limit on the overall number of beneficiaries or length of time this program will continue as it monitors the impact.
The Biden administration’s new process for Haitian and other immigrants for temporary work requires financial sponsorship and encourages transitional support.
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