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Advocates, Florida delegation push immigration program to help rebuild Haiti | Immigration | McClatchy DC


RebuildA bipartisan group of members of the House of Representatives – including those from South Florida – is pushing the Obama administration to create an immigration program for Haitians that would accelerate the flow of immigrants from that country and help it recover from a devastating 2010 earthquake.The effort has been underway for four years, though, and there’s little public indication whether the White House will or won’t ultimately back it. Advocates say now would be a perfect time to strike, given the White House’s recent decision to postpone any major immigration actions until after the midterm elections.“This is one of the programs where it makes absolutely no sense not to move forward,” said Rep. Joe Garcia, a Miami Democrat.Not acting now, he added, is causing needless harm. “Inevitably, they will be here – and we’re prolonging the inevitable to the detriment of our community,” he said. “It’s bad policy and bad politics.”The advocates haven’t let up their pressure, despite the four years since the January 2010 quake – and despite longstanding feelings that the Haitian community’s concerns are often overlooked in the nation’s ongoing political debates over immigration. via | McClatchy DC

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