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Wednesday
Dec012010

House Passes Help Haiti Act for Displaced Haitian Orphans

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The House has passed by voice vote the Help Haiti Act, which makes up to 1,400 Haitian orphans displaced by the earthquake earlier this year permanent U.S. residents. The bill will now go to President Obama’s desk for his signature.

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer called the bill an “important piece of humanitarian legislation” that continues the U.S. response to the earthquake that devastated Haiti last January.

“Following the earthquake, more than 1,000 Haitian orphans were brought to the United States by adoptive American families,” Hoyer said. “The bill we passed today ensures that those children, just like all other children adopted from abroad, will have permanent resident status. For the adoptive parents who generously took Haitian orphans into their homes, the guarantee of permanent resident status means that their children will enjoy a full range of legal protections and will no longer be stuck in legal limbo.”

“The adoption of more than 1,000 orphans has been in proud keeping with America’s tradition as a welcoming refuge,” Hoyer added. “I am happy that this bill, which is now ready for President Obama’s signature, gives full legal recognition to these adopted children and paves the way for what I am sure will be their important contributions to our country.”

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