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‘We Cubans Have Lost Ground In Miami’: Protesters Demand Reinstatement Of Parole Program

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MIAMI HERALD
A group of protesters hold signs and scream in favor of the reinstatement of the Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program. The protest took place Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019 at the Cuban Memorial Park in Miami.

Miami resident María del Carmen Nieto woke up early Sunday morning with a mission in mind: fight for her son.

She was one of more than a 100 protesters who gathered this weekend at the Cuban Memorial Park, located at 999 SW 13th Ave., to demand the government reinstate the Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program, which came to a sudden halt in September 2017, after about two dozen employees in the U.S. embassy in Havana experienced serious illnesses, and the Trump administration withdrew nearly 60% of the diplomatic personnel in the island.

The discretionary program, which began in 2007, allows certain eligible citizens and residents to apply for their loved ones to come to the U.S. Under the parole, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services had been allowed to grant least 20,000 visas for Cuban nationals per year.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.