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Demonstrators Participate In Haitian Immigration Protest

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(Source: AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Source: AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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MIAMI (CBS4)- Hundreds of demonstrators, along with human rights organizations and activists, are joining forces to rally outside the Department of Homeland Security office in Miami Thursday.

Protestors said they are demanding changes in U.S. immigration policy for Haitians. More than 200 demonstrators are calling attention to what they say are the “discriminatory policies that continue to treat Haitian immigrants to the U.S. by standards differently than immigrants from other countries, most notably Cuba.”

The organization holding the 11 a.m. demonstration at the U.S. Customs building at 8801 NW 7th Avenue are calling for the White House to adopt the Haitian Family Reunification Plan (HFRP). The HFRP would help Haitians in Haiti and the Diaspora by granting immediate parole in the U.S. to already approved immigration beneficiaries.

The organization said this would help reunite 16,000 minor children and spouses with their families and allow parolees to be eligible for work.

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