Yesterday the Help Haiti Act and the International Adoption Simplification Act were both on the House calendar for a vote. While the International Adoption Simplification Act passed, the Help Haiti Act was unexpectedly removed from the voting calendar. Additionally, it is not currently on the calendar for a vote either today or tomorrow. The Help Haiti Act will provide citizenship to Haitian children who came into the United States after the January 2010 earthquake on the Humanitarian Parole Program (for more information, read more about the Help Haiti Act below). Joint Council and our colleagues are still determining the reason behind the removal of the Help Haiti Act from the calendar. However, in the meantime, if the Help Haiti Act is going to pass before the end of the year the children need your help…and the help of everyone you know. Over 1,200 children from Haiti do not have a clear path to citizenship without the passage of this bill. So what can you do?
How You Can Help
Today, as early as possible, please do the following:
1) Contact via phone and/or email your Representative and respectfully request their support of the Help Haiti Act. For detailed information regarding the legislation, please read below. To find your Representative, please click here.
2) Once you have contacted your Representative, please let us know by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
3) Ask your friends and family, post on your facebook page, blog and twitter. Ask people to call their Representative and request their support of the Help Haiti Act and then let us know about their support by emailing email@example.com.
As always, we extend our appreciation for your continued partnership with Joint Council and your anticipated participation in supporting the Help Haiti Act.
What is the Help Haiti Act?
The HELP Haiti Act was introduced by Representative Fortenberry in response to the needs of 1,200 children who entered the U.S. through Humanitarian Parole after the earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010.
Using Humanitarian Parole to unite children with their adoptive families was a true act of humanitarianism. Unfortunately, a barrier still exists which causes significant and undue delays in providing American citizenship to these children. This is especially critical for older children who continue to ‘age out’
This bill grants no special considerations to the children but rather places them on the same path to citizenship enjoyed by all other internationally adopted children.