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Man has a fresh start in Miami after leaving Haiti's turmoil behind him – NBC 6 South Florida

These days, Monley Fleurinvil enjoys simple things like walks.

He sees it as a symbol of his newfound freedom.

“I can go out any time,” Fleurinvil said. “I do what I want. When I was in Haiti, I didn't have that freedom. So life here is much better.”

He lives with his aunt in Miami after moving in September from Haiti, where he did missionary work.

In seven months, Fleurinvil received his driver's license, work permit, and a job as an insurance agent and is working toward a career as a security guard.

Thanks to YouTube, he quickly got on his feet.

“What do I have to do to get my driver’s license?” he said. “What do I have to do to pass the exam? What do I have to do to do this or that? So I went to YouTube, asked YouTube the question, and found a bunch of videos that taught me what to do.”

The 30-year-old came to the United States as part of the Biden administration's Humanitarian Parole program, which processes up to 30,000 people a month from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela who are eligible and have a sponsor in the United States

More than 404,000 Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans and Venezuelans have arrived in the United States since the program began in January 2023, according to a Department of Homeland Security official. More than 154,000 of these arrivals were Haitian.

“This is the chance I had to move to the United States,” Fleurinvil said.

He said gang violence and unrest in Haiti made it too dangerous for him to stay there.

“Gangsters, people are shooting,” he said. “It's like a civil war. If they find you on the street, they can do anything, kidnap you or whatever.”

Fleurinvil said he saw bodies on the street almost every day.

“I just stayed home, went to church and went back home,” he said.

He said violence is the reason he and many others in the Haitian community oppose the Biden administration's decision to restart deportation flights back to Haiti.

“You know the situation in Haiti,” Fleurinvil said. “You know this is not a safe place.”

Despite the unrest at home, Fleurinvil said he will always be proud of his heritage.

“This is a month to celebrate Haitianness and our pride, our nation, our flag,” he said. “We are still alive. We are still looking for peace. We are still looking for freedom and a better life.”

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