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A Haitian asylum seeker searches through his phone to find contact information for a relative in the U.S. who could take him in while he awaits an asylum hearing. Photo by Leonardo March

MIAMI — Humanitarian parole should not come as a tradeoff to asking for asylum at the border, Haitian Bridge Alliance and other advocacy groups said at a press conference Friday, just ahead of President Joe Biden’s weekend trip to the border and Mexico. 

Biden's new plan states 30,000 Haitians, Nicaraguans and Cubans can apply for humanitarian parole each month from their home country but those who arrive at the border will be automatically expelled. 

Guerline Jozef, executive director of the Haitian Bridge Alliance, raised concerns about phone and internet requirements, passport requirements, plane ticket payment and lack of Creole among the CBP One app languages.

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Ashley Miznazi is a Report for America corps member covering the Haitian community in the South Florida/Miami area for The Haitian Times. Her work will heavily feature photography, video and other multimedia storytelling. Previously, Ashley was a multimedia fellow at The Texas Tribune, where she reported on DACA, Afghan resettlement and the foster care system.