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U.S. Relaxes Immigration Policies For Victims Of Haiti Earthquake

January 22, 2010 by  

U.S. relaxes immigration policies for victims of Haiti earthquake On Jan. 19, a group of the youngest victims of the Haiti earthquake arrived in the United States for adoption, just a week after the government announced it would halt deportations of illegal immigrants to their devastated homeland.

According to media reports, approximately 50 orphans who survived last week’s quake arrived in Pennsylvania aboard a military transport plane, while other evacuees, also including orphans, have been arriving in Florida since Saturday.

Moreover, in the wake of the 7.0-magnitude tremor that all but destroyed the island nation’s capital Port-au-Prince, the U.S. government granted "temporary protected status" to tens of thousands of Haitians who are in this country illegally and slated for deportation to their homeland.

This means those immigrants can now remain in the U.S. and hold a work permit for the next 18 months.

However, the move has prompted complaints from some critics who said the temporary provision will become permanent.

"According to past history, they will never be deported," argued William Gheen, president of the Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, quoted by Fox News.

He suggested the government should have delayed deportations for at most two months while the intensive recovery efforts continue, or sent illegal immigrants to a part of Haiti that was not affected by the earthquake.
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  • Michael J.

    I think these Haitian detainees should instead be asked to join in the effort to rebuild their own devastated country before becoming an additional burden to ours. They could be very helpful because of their knowledge of the language, the lay of the land, local traditions and culture while also providing a familiar face to the relief force.

    • Disgusted

      Absolutely. Great idea.

      • Joe H.

        If the government wants to pay these people then pay them from the funds collected for Haiti and let them help doing the labor to rebuild.It is, after all, their country!!!! We, myself included, have sent a lot of money there to help, now get them busy rebuilding their country!!! WE WOULD IF IT WAS OUR COUNTRY!!!

    • Meteorlady

      Heaven forbid our government should make anyone work for their free ride. These people have been here illegally for month and years so why are they allowed work permits when the US has over 10% unemployment? We need our jobs so putting them to work rebuilding their own country is a great idea. We also have been sending Haiti money for years and nothing happens down there except the higher ups skim it off and the poor get nothing in return. We should stop giving money to other countries. We should instead give food, water, schools…. they would be better served.

      • Ellyse Rose

        You’re all greedy Americans. Look what our country has come to. I can’t believe how selfish you are. Another country falls due to a natural disaster, something that came without warning and you’re complaining? You sleep in a house every night with fresh water and good food. These people were put out on the street due to something they didn’t see coming and your upset that America is trying to help?
        This only proves how greedy Americans have become. Stupid you, the money are being sent to start projects for new water treatment systems and food for the Haitians. It’s not like people are just running around throwing out cash.
        What if our country fell to a disaster? If your house was ruined. Then you would feel differently about other countries helping you out.

        these immigrants have nothing to go back to!

        • Michael J.

          Ellyse, You said, “Your all greedy Americans” which indicates to me that you are not an American. Did you write a similar letter to the other 190 something countries of the world? Fact is, this country was the first on the scene and probably will be the last to leave once we have rebuilt their roads, sea ports, air ports, power plants, bridges, schools and hospitals. The ones that are here already and were destined to be deported have been given a get out of Haiti free card. So what is your point?

        • jim

          Hi Ellyse, What country are you from? I want to know so I can compare how much more help your good country provided than our greedy one. I would also like to find out how many more refugees your superior country took in than our petty little greedy one.

        • Joe H.

          Ellyse Rose,
          When your country has sent as much to aid these people then you can call us GREEDY!!!! China, on of the richest if not the richest country in the world only sent 1 million dollars, less than 1 percent of what the U.S. has sent so far!!!! The only one close to us is England and its holdings and they aren’t even at one quarter!!!

        • jim

          Hi Ellyse, We’re waiting for you to set us straight.

        • Dennis

          Yeah I’m waiting to Ellyse, set me straight or shut your mouth, how many hand outs have you gotten from this great country, people like you make me F-in SICK.

        • Claire

          Ellyse Rose–I resent being called greedy and I resent America being called greedy. America and her people are stretched to the limit. Let me ask you this: What country sends more troops, money, and food during times of crises? What country bring in more immigrants than a lot of the other countries? I believe America has done her fair share of helping others, in fact, America has done more for other countries than anyone else. If a disaster befalls America, how much money, troops, food would other countries give us? You can bet it probably won’t be the same amount that we give. For example, China gave one million bucks to Haiti and China no doubt has plenty of money. Some American movie stars gave a million bucks each and a lot of American singers/performers held a concert for Haitian relief. What more do you want? I believe we have done all that we can, especially when we are in such dire straits.

          • Claire

            At this time in America, charity begins at home. Pure and simple.

          • Claire

            And I might add–all the donations given to the Red Cross and various organizations FROM the American people.

        • usmadgirl

          Ellyse Rose,

          How dare you call us greedy Americans! Not only has America given billions of dollars to Haiti BEFORE the earthquake (that has NOT benefited the poor of the country), our country gave them $100 million of the tax payers’ money & the citizens have contributed millions of dollars, food, water, clothing on their own at a time when our country is going down the toilet & most of us are either barely scraping by or losing everything we have due to the current administration trying to destroy our dollar & our economy to carry out their own agenda.

          The people in this country are the most unselfish, charitable people in the world & you have the nerve to call US GREEDY. No other country on this planet can even make a dent in the amount of aid we’ve given to others. We’ve helped every country in this world & still everybody hates us. The recipients of our generosity are the ones you should be calling greedy & ungrateful.

          Why shouldn’t the able-bodied Haitians that are here illegally be sent back to help their own country? What’s so ‘greedy’ about our thinking that’s the right thing for them to do? Why should they be allowed to work here when there aren’t enough jobs for our own LEGAL citizens.

          We’ve sent our military to distribute supplies, aid in controlling violence & to search for & rescue people. We’ve sent a huge “floating hospital” to take care of the injured. Bill Frist, a doctor & former Senator from my state & many other doctors are there giving their time to treat the people. What more do you suggest we do?

          You have to be a bleeding heart liberal or you would be more empathetic to the American citizens!

          Liberals don’t want us to be the “world police” to get rid of murdering dictators & help countries establish a democracy so they can help themselves, but they don’t mind our handing out money that ends up in the hands of their greedy dictators & not for the aid of the people.

          Where is the help from other countries for the American people who are going through a disaster of their own from no fault of their own with this economy? Where is the assistance from other countries to us when we have natural disasters? You really have some nerve!

          • Joe H.

            USmadgirl,
            don’t you just hate these drive by posters that haven’t got the intestinal fortitude to back up what they say, or at least defend their statement???

    • June

      I agree with Michael J. They should have been made to stay in Haiti and helped with the restoration – people from other countries are going there to help so they should be made to stay. What is the US coming to with all the illegal immigrants and they are being allowed to take jobs that the Americans need. The powers to be need their heads examined.

      • Jana

        They brought orphans to be adopted into this country and instead of sending back the tens of thousands that were here illegally, they granted them temporary protected status.
        Now these people ought to be deported back to their country to make it better. Like sure we are gonna send them back after they have had a chance to settle down here and create families. Then they will have to bring in all of their relatives.

    • http://na tony

      i agree, though i feel we should get EVERY orphaned child or injured child out of there. get there proper docs, place them in temp foster homes until that island rebounds from this and then make arrangements to send these kids back to there own.

    • Dennis

      Absolutely let them rebuild there county, You know that when they come to Florida they will never leave, Just is just more votes for Obama.

  • Samey

    I agree with the above statement. They would be the best people to go and help because of their direct ties to Haiti itself.

  • steve

    What is the argument here? every single alien “BROKE THE LAW!” Our Government, past & present, Republican & Democrat, have allowed the invasion of 20 to 30 million criminals and uneducated peons which is the largest invasion of any Nation, at any time, by any means & in direct violation of Article IV, Section IV of our Constitution.

    This refusal to abide by our Constitution or enforce our Immigration Laws should be classified as Treason of the most foul kind, & as grounds for impeachment & trials for Treason!

    Not only have they allowed the invasion, they force American tax payers to pay Billions on Billions of dollars to provide Welfare, Prison cells, Educate the invaders numerous children, and free medical care, at the same time the invading horde break numerous laws and massive document fraud, & are destroying our schools, hospitals, communities, culture and standard of living while Robbing, Raping, Killing & Assaulting American Citizens WAKE UP PEOPLE!

    • tom

      i agree steve.send these people back to haiti.i’m sure there are plenty of safe areas to drop them off.all illegal aliens should be deported.capitol hill is out of control and must be stopped.capitol hill created the very mess our country is in today.i’m sick of it.i’m emailing and sending postcards and letters.we all must do it.we can turn our country around.let’s start with the ”ILLEGAL ALIENS”.

      • TASHA

        THIS IS BULL I THINK WE NEED TO THINK ABOUT THE AMERICANS HERE WE HAVE NO JOBS NOR NO ROOM FOR THESE PEOPLE THEY HAVE THERE OWN COUNTRY WHATS WRONG WITH THIS GOVERMENT I WOULD HAVE NEVER IMAGINED THEY WOULD BRING THE HAITI VICTIMS HERE I THINK ITS WRONG.

        • http://na tony

          im curious if you would think different had you and your family and possessions been crushed by an earthquake? i agree, we need to do more to help our own, but i know this, a large population of blacks and hispanics, and even some whites, have used and abused the system to the point were theres nothing left for the real people who need it. i used to drive taxi in milwaukke, and i would sit in my cabstand outside the welfare building, and watch black women coming out of this building with expensive weaves, sporting gq clothes, and hopping into caddillacs and suv’s with the fancy rims. alot of them were from chicago coming to milwaukee to get some free shit! and the hispanics arent no better!(im puerto rican by the way, and have multiple blacks in my family. so this response is in no way intended to bash races, im just telling it like i see it.)why should our goverment help our races which abuse the system contineously? the only people that should be asking for help from our gov is the sick, and disabled! there are way to many lazy ass blacks and hispanics!, looking for handouts. these same people im talking about, instead of getting a job like every one else, they think its ok to sell drugs and rob hard working people. so, in that, what is really bullshit, is the majority of minorities that can work, but choose to use the system for there ill gotten gain. just my opinion. am i wrong?

  • Robert

    I don’t have a problem with speeding up the adoption process for orphans. As far as those in this county illegally, temporary delay of deportation is understandable but there is a better solution than what the government proposes. I suggest that all these illegals be interviewed for their job skills. Those that are able to contribute to the relief effort should be sent back to Haiti immediateley to help in the relief and rebuilding of THEIR country. Those left, should be trained in a skill that would benefit THEIR country and the training should be done within 3 months. If any are pending criminal charges, all should be sent back under the supervision of the US Military to aid in the relief efforts of THEIR country. America is a compassionate country but taking advantage of our compassions and generousity is not acceptable. To those Haitians in this country and in Haiti, stand up for yourselves and prove to the world that you are capable of rebuilding YOUR country. Take control of your lives and the world will applaud and assist you in every way possible. Be proud of your country and take pride in your heritage. And most importantly, support those people who can lead your country out of the ruins of today and into the future of tomorrow. And to the rest of the world, it’s all our responsibilites to ensure that Haiti has a government, corruption free and representative of their citizens wishes. And that’s my take on this tragic event.

  • Canuklehead

    Sure, let DimeCorp run the human trafficing. They like raping little kids, and the Government lets them.

  • Barbara

    How do we know these “orphans” don’t have other family there in Haiti? We are in such a big toot to “do the right thing”, we could be taking them away from family members to adopt to someone here. Just because their parents got killed doesn’t mean they don’t have other relatives there. As far as the title of this piece….what immigration policy???? We let every Tom, Dick and Harry into our country now!

    • Joe H.

      Barbara,
      How right you are!!! What happens when the relatives, after say 7 or 8 years, come forward and say that they were never told where their family was? Now after the adoptive families have grown to love these kids like their own, they will have to give them up to the relatives due to the bleeding heart liberal courts here!!! I say B.S.!!!!

      • Tinwarble

        Joe H,

        I as to the orphans, these are not kids that had parents or other relative killed in the earthquake, they are the kids that were already orphans before the earthquake and being taken care of by the Christian Missionaries. I don’t believe that the “Relative Issue” would be a problem, because they were already orphans. I just wanted to clarify, because it sounds like some think that the kids being adopted are those with parents that were just killed.

        • Joe H.

          Tinwarble,
          And how many “relatives will crawl out of the dust and say they are related but will go away for a price?

  • Nancy

    I guess it’s all relative, but seeing to it that Haiti forms a corruption-free government seems impossible……even ours is now corrupt beyond imagination.

  • David A. Celaschi

    I completely agree with all the above especially about trying our gov. officials for treason when thas all they all have done for GOD only knows for how many years,Dems and Reps alike!I like so many other true Americans are totally fed up with elected and self proclaimed saviors of our country!

  • Harold

    How did “Fast Eddie” Rendell, the the Mob Boss or I mean Governor of Philadelphia, pull off getting these extra burdens to our economy into our country so fast. No wonder our country is headed in the poor direction that it is. How long can we keep being the world’s keeper, especially when every other country hates us, until they need aid for whatever? We are such fools, and yet we put up with it. We have people in our own country, that are productive, working people, who need help. I am not talking about the welfare non-producers, but rather those who hold jobs and are trying to make ends meet, but just keep coming up short. They are those who need our help. Somehow, they are forgotten. We keep giving welfare to those who look at it as a way of life, and just keep putting their hands out for more. Didn’t you all hear some of the people from Haiti, just after the quake say, “Hey, Mr. President, where are you with your aid for us?” They are no better than those lifetime welfarers in our country. You heard the welfarers after Obama got elected-”He’s going to pay my mortgage, he’s going to put gas in my car”. “Obama is going to give us money”. Where is he going to get it? “I don’t know, from his STASH”. This is disgusting, but we have allowed it to happen for way too long. Welfarers should have to do something productive for their welfare checks, or they wouldn’t get them. I am tired of paying taxes for deadbeats who won’t get off their fat a_ _ es and go to work. They get monthly checks, drive big cars, and wear the best of clothes. How is this possible? Well, we have allowed this to happen, because we don’t have the guts to say “NO”. If you poll the majority of true, blue Americans, I think that they would agree with me. I am not talking about the bleeding-heart liberals, but rather people who have common sense, and that certainly doesn’t include liberals. And I could go on and on…..

    • the hermit

      i was going to comment buy all of you said it better then me.

    • Karen

      Hello Harold. I am a patriotic American, but since I am also a liberal, you probably don’t think my opinion counts. I’ll give it to you anyway.

      In my life, I have known a handful of people who have been on welfare. Only one of them drove a big car, and that was a junk heap, early 70s Impala. None of them had the best of clothes, and all of them wanted to get a good job and get off of welfare as quickly as possible. Sadly, one of them has been on welfare for four years, and probably will remain for a while.

      I think it is awful how many people are underemployed in this country, and how many are unemployed and looking for a good job. According to a link given by DaveH, (http://www.heritage.org/index/) over 70% of the U.S. economy is service based. A few of those jobs pay well (Lawyers, Doctors, etc.), but most of them are low paying jobs at McDonalds, or Walmart.

      I think the only way to get people back on track is to bring back the manufacturing jobs. But according to big business, the only way to bring them back is if pay standards in the U.S. drop to those of Mexico, India, China, and the other countries that have gained the jobs. I don’t think that will help Americans make ends meet. Oddly, the heritage study listed above claims that “Buy American” provisions in stimulus packages have actually made matters worse.

      I have a good paying job (for now), and I am willing to pay more taxes into real solutions that can help folks like you make ends meet. What ideas do you have?

      • DaveH

        The Government is sucking up a huge portion of our economy. That is the main driver behind the Manufacturing exodus. We just can’t afford to buy American-made products anymore if we want to have decent goods. When about 40% of the population is either employed by or supported by the Government, that leaves about 60% of the population in the private sector to provide the goods and services.
        The solution is to shrink Government. We could put many of the Government employees back to doing productive work in the private sector instead of having them harassing (regulations) those who are producing.
        And yes, our wages would go down as more people sought jobs in the private sector, but the price of our goods and services would also go down as a result of more goods being produced and more services being provided by the Free Market.

        • Karen

          Hi Dave,

          Where are you getting your numbers from? Even though the study you wanted me to read is produced by a right wing think tank, it doesn’t indicate anywhere near what you are saying. It indicates that taxes are less than 30% of the US GDP. In fact, less than Canada, which is rated higher in terms of “Freedom”. How can that be employing 40% of the populace, when, as you claim, a large portion of that money is going to people who aren’t even employed?

          I think we all could benefit from an honest dialog, but I am beginning to wonder whether you are acting in good faith.

          Love,

          Karen.

          • DaveH

            Karen,
            Thanks for asking. The 30% figure is about right for this year for taxes. But as you know the government is deficit spending in addition to their revenues. The Government spending is about 40%. This of course includes Federal, State, and Local Government spending. See this webpage for a more thorough treatment:
            http://www.taxfoundation.org/taxfreedomday/

            Note that regulations also are a great drain on our economy which isn’t as easily measured as Government spending. Every productive worker who is hampered in the course of the day with government hurdles is going to understandibly produce less.

            You can kind of get a feel for how dramatic the regulatory effect is by reading that Heritage Economic Freedom webpage and comparing countries high on the freedom scale and low on the freedom scale.

          • DaveH

            And Karen,
            How can I assume you are acting in good faith when you attack my veracity and then append “Love, Karen”? LOL.

          • Karen

            Hi Dave,

            Thanks for the link. There are two things that worry me about current government spending numbers:

            1) It includes bail outs of the “Too big to fail” banks that really are too big to succeed. They really should have been put out of their misery. I know that Obama was instrumental in this bail out, but so were Bush, Paulson, Geithner, and Bernanke. All of them should be held accountable for this debacle. Not only that, the Banksters are collecting disproportionately large gains from this. One bankster’s illegal bonus could pay a comfortable salary for 100′s of middle class folks.

            2) It includes a large percentage of the unemployed, whose benefits are being extended by the federal government. I believe most, if not all of these folks are looking for jobs, and really want to work in small, meaningful companies rather than massive service bureaucracies like Walmart, or the government.

            3) It includes those incarcerated in federal prisons as a result of the so called “war on drugs”. Many of these folks were productive members of society before they “got caught”, and now they are producing virtually nothing, and costing the state around $60,000 a year apiece.

            I believe that for 1), the government should have either just let them fail, or it should have taken them over outright. and for 2) I am really glad that the government stepped up and extended unemployment benefits for these folks, so that they don’t lose their houses or subject their children to malnutrition. But I really wish the government spent more of an effort setting up barriers to shipping jobs to slave labor countries, so these folks didn’t have to depend on tax dollars & deficit spending. And for 3) I really wish the government could develop a saner policy around drug enforcement.

            Anyway, I’m sorry if I hurt your feelings by questioning your veracity. I know you believe that the U.S. would benefit from a smaller commons, where I believe that the commons should include at least minimalist social safety net with medicare for all, sustenance level welfare, and a reasonable unemployment benefit for a reasonable time to find a job.

            I wonder, are you entirely opposed to these concepts, or do you just not trust the government to administer them?

            Love,

            Karen.

        • http://na me

          if the usa would pass laws stopping companies from outsourceing,
          these american companies would have to raise wages. for instance,
          most of the vegis and fruit are picked by illegals and paid a very low wage. if the owner of the farm, had no one to pick his product,except americans, he would be forced to raise his wages and take a smaller profit,or be forced out of buisness.

        • Norm

          DaveH
          The main factor causing manufacturing to leave the US is cheap foreign labor. The $30+/hour factory jobs in the US are being replaced by $2/hour jobs in Mexico, China, Viet Nam, and many very poor countries. That allows the rich to become ultra rich and brings prices in the US down. It also causes US workers to lose jobs and benefits including health insurance. When US workers work for slave wages you and I are taxed more to carry the slack for them.
          It’s not only factory workers but Engineers, Computer Scientists, and middle managers that are being outsourced. These are the core people needed to make America competitive.

          • Joe H.

            Norm,
            Your numbers are a little low! It was revealed that the auto workers are getting over 70 dollars an hour when you figure their benefits in!!!

  • CAV44

    Yeah, Here we go…..Again!

  • DaveH

    First of all I want to say my heart goes out to the innocent Haitian victims.
    I figured the earthquake was going to be an excuse for Obama to import more Democrats.
    I agree with those who say the Haitians should stay in Haiti, and we should train them to rebuild their country.
    If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.
    Haiti is the mess it is because of Government suppression of its economy and people. The same formula that is being proposed for our country by the Liberals.
    See where Haiti is on the Economic Freedom rankings:
    http://www.heritage.org/index/Ranking.aspx

    • jim

      Dave, I agree no more handouts. But we should be wise enough to know the difference between a handout and offering a hand up. Teach them to fish. When you teach a man to fish , he’s out of his wifes hair all weekend.

      • DaveH

        Yeah, if you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach him to fish, he sits around in his boat all day drinking beer.

        • Michael J.

          If you give a man some venison, you have fed him for a day. If you teach a man how to hunt, you have turned him into a right wing Bambi murderer with terroristic tendancies. In the eyes of the far left that is.

          • jim

            Hi Michael, Fresh venison sounds good. If some one can give me some vegetables, I’ll need some one to cook me up a nice venison stew. If Dave H can set his beer down long enough to reel in a fish for me, I could go for some fresh trout for breakfast. I’ll be needing some more next week can I count on you?

    • Norm

      DaveH
      I totally disagree on your cheap political shot at Obama.
      As far as bringing Hatians to the US, I say absolutely NO. In fact, I would not give them borrowed US dollars either. They’re getting plenty of donated money from the private sector.
      I feel sorry for their situation, but we have plenty of bad situations right here in the US. We need to realize that we are not the owners of the world, and our financial resources are limited.
      When I see grown young Hatian men singing and praying, I can only wonder why they aren’t doing something productive to save THEIR country.

      • DaveH

        That is my opinion Norm. I’m certainly not alone in believing that Democrats try to influence immigration to allow more potential Democrats into the country.

        As far as it being a cheap shot, I wouldn’t put anything past Obama. Glenn Beck aired video of his campaign promises, and what actually happened after he was elected. It seems that Obama makes no effort whatever to keep his promises. Actions speak louder than words.

        • Claire

          DaveH—All politicians promise the moon when campaigning. Democrats, Republicans–they all do the same thing. I cannot think of one politician that has truly lived up to all of their campaign promises. It is not possible. They have to work in and around the Senate and the House. And not all of them will agree with each other. My point is— Look what happened this past year–no one would work together to accomplish anything. The taxpayers paid their salaries for doing nothing. Taxpayers wasted their money this past year (as if we had it to waste) and just because no one wanted to get along and work things out. I don’t blame any one party-it is all their faults. They should have acted like responsible adult men, and put party and politics aside.

          • Joe H.

            Claire,
            Yes, like his promise to do away with no-bid contracts and then award one to the tune of 25 million dollars!!! Check it out at fox.com and click on Obamas sweetheart deal!!!

        • Claire

          JoeH–All politicians have somebody to pay back—-corporations, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, and on and on. Look at Nelson and what he did, look at Lieberman-he has to account to the insurance companies. Same with Dodd, and everyone else. They ALL participate in some kind of dirty shenanigans. And this is just to get elected and re-elected. So I do not place blame on any one person or party. They are all to blame.

          • Claire

            JoeH–I know–all the lobbyists, politicians owe them too. Same old “Scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” mentality.
            When will it ever end.

      • Linda

        Wow, Norm.

        I never would have imagined that grown men or women in any country or from any country are being less than productive because they take the time to either praise or appeal to God. Interesting thought, but I don’t think there is any validity to it.

  • CAV44

    Not only should everyone be required to stay and aid in the recovery of their country, Everyone from Haiti who is in this country illegally, and been given a free pass by Obama, should be given a shovel and a pair of work gloves instead and sent home immediately.

  • http://victorbarney@embarqmail.com Victor L Barney

    AMERICA MUST DO TO HAITI WHAT WAS DONE IN IRAQ, IF THEY REALLY WANT TO HELP THESE PEOPLE!!!

    I WOULD NOT COUNT ON THAT, THOUGH!

  • Margie Nadow

    I am totally agains all of this. Illegal is just that, illegal. I do agree that they should all be given tools and a free ride back to help their fellow man. We don’t need any more burden in this country and I never volunteered to finance the world. Teach them trades, how to build and build hosptitals and schools. It has been way too long that they have not taken care of themselves. This seems to be the American way these days – give people money and our country and let the taxpayers pay. It does not help anyone including the receivors. They don’t learn anything.

  • Mark Smith

    The madness must stop. If the US is going to continue give money to Haiti, I want something in return. No more handouts. With most of the buildings down where the earth quake happened, why are people still there? It is a poor nation, but how poor the US gives Millions of dollars each year, why isnt there something to show. Our Country is under attack from outside forces and inside socialism.
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  • Mark Smith

    The madness must stop. If the US is going to continue give money to Haiti, I want something in return. No more handouts. With most of the buildings down where the earth quake happened, why are people still there? It is a poor nation, but how poor the US gives Millions of dollars each year, why isnt there something to show. Our Country is under attack from outside forces and inside socialism.
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  • the hermit

    WHAT DOES HAITI HAVE TO OFFER THE WORLD? BESIDES BABYS AND PEOPLE?

  • Curtis S

    Send ‘em all to Canada. Seriously. To Quebec specifically. Remember, they’d be able to speak French and integrate with the HUGE Haitian community in Montreal. Don’t forget, Canada’s Governor General was born (in a now devastated town) in Haiti.

  • eddie47d

    Harold, You got it wrong about Gov. Rendall. All children brought to America were legally adopted .Some were adopted 2-3 years ago,and it’s taken this long to get them here from disfunctional Haiti. Most were adopted by white families (bleeding heart liberals). I agree that Haitians should stay in their country and solve their own problems. But so many of you show your racial bias and not a very strong love for our immigrant nation.

    • DaveH

      Maybe I missed it, but the only race reference I have seen is yours.

  • Claire

    At work this morning, people were discussing the Haitian babies/orphans coming to America. One lady that is against it said “yeah, and they grow up to be big ones.” It is tragic that children always suffer in cases of tragedies like Haiti and in other situations. They found a newborn baby in a ditch. I assume the mother just dumped it and took off. My God, during a time like that they would have to literally pry my baby from me. God forgive me for saying this, but are other countries taking in these children? We have enough children in foster care.

    • http://na tony

      well if we would stop pissing our money off on a winless war, we would have money for foster care lol.

      • Claire

        tony–I was against the war, but we are there so we have to make the best of it for now. I support our military and pray for their safekeeping. I pray for their families. We must give them our support. They have endured a lot more than we have in most cases.

    • Claire

      This is something I have always wondered about–why do the movie stars adopt so many children from foreign countries? Why don’t they consider adopting children here in America? Is it because there is so much red tape or what? From what I have read, there appears to be a lot of crack babies here in the U.S., and I would imagine the disabled children would be hard to place. But if I were in the position to adopt, I would do so here in America. We surely have plenty of orphans here now, and there will be more coming.

      • libertytrain

        Claire – I think it’s just become the “in” thing to do – despite the kids here that could use the help as well.

        • Claire

          liberytrain–well, the “in-thing” doesn’t work for me. Sorry, but like I said, charity begins at home, right here in the U.S.A.

          • libertytrain

            Claire – I agree with you – but I’m not into being “in” either.

  • Robert

    So the UK just upped their terror alert to the highest level. Said an attack is more than likely but not imminent. While we here in the US and civiized people around the world scramble to help the people of Haiti, these Arab/Muslim terrorists and radicals believe we are all infadels and deserve to die. Let’s see what the Arab and Muslim countries and communities have to say about that. Just wanted to remind everyone that Haiti is not the only problem in our world. Tragic yes, but these people aren’t out there trying to kill the rest of us. As the old saying goes, Let’s win one for the gipper. Destroy and kill these terrorists once and for all. Then let’s get back to the real the real business of today. Helping the people in Haiti. What say China and Russia? Since we’re all tied up helping Haiti, use your military to smoke out these SOB’s and kill them. The world will be forever grateful.

    • Joe H.

      Robert,
      I have to amend my statement of yesterday as China has upped their contribution to 5.56 million from one million!! So open hearted of them!!!

  • Charliebug

    More and more illegal aliens imported into the US will mean more and more people for the oligarchy of the very rich to manipulate in all respects in the years to come. They benefit the academic community which has a vested interest in welcoming them with open arms. They benefit the quest for people to work at the lower and lower wage jobs. This is just a joke to bring them over here when we have such high unemployment, and the competition for jobs is already so fierce. No way does this benefit the people here who already are out of work, and in Michigan, I have seen estimates as high as 30%.

  • Raggs

    I see a vast amount of
    haitians voting in 2012….Hum wonder way this will happen…
    Too bad the obama POS administration doesn’t have them voting for his wealth-care reform.

    • Joe H.

      Hey Raggs,
      your crystal ball is working quite well I see!!!

  • jay sloan

    You conservatives are really ironic, you wave your bible in our face, however your are all far from being christian. We all know how christ was agaist helping the poor, the sick (that is sarcasim) I felt I had to explain that. conservaives claim they are moral and patriotic! you are neither. Progressives are. How ironic.

    • Michael J.

      Jay Sloan,
      How does it feel being an uneducated progressive blinded by Obama’s aura. Somehow hopelessly inamorate of the Messiah. Did you even investigate what it means to be a progressive before assigning this monicor to yourself? Progressivism, Liberalism and Socialism are all merely waystops on the road to Communism. I bet whoever convinced you that it was cool to be commie neglected to mention that the insideous icons of Communism, Mao Tse Tung, Joseph Stallon and Adolf Hitler were responsible for the death of 100 million people during the 20th century alone. Mao quote: “The death of millions has many benifets, it fertilizes the soil”.
      So I don’t find anything moral or patriotic about these dememented dictators you apparently endorse by siding with Progressives.

    • James

      Jay S., being progressive (or ‘moving forward’ as we hear almost daily) isn’t necessarily a good thing. As Michael J. suggested, it could lead to Communism, which is where I believe we are headed. Haitii will be the proverbial ‘straw on the camel’s back’, where the ‘camel’ is US.

  • Stand Watie

    Just what we need………immigrating a bunch of people who will continue the trend of dumbing down the voter registration list.

    • Karen

      But Stand, we’re talking about children here. What makes you think they will be dumber than an average American when they reach voting age?

      Don’t you believe in Bush’s “No child left behind”, program, which is still in effect in most states?

      I hope you aren’t making assumptions based on race. What would Micheal Steele think? Or supreme court justice Clarence Thomas?

      • Joe H.

        Karen,
        As a matter of fact I never did believe in Bushes no child left behind policy!!! There are some incorrigible types that can not be educated the normal way and all they do is disrupt the class for those that want to learn. Set up special education type classes and educate them that way. Pouring millions of dollars daily isn’t the way to do it!!!

        • Claire

          I have heard this program is not the best, but maybe a little something is better than nothing.

      • James

        Karen, ‘No child left behind’ isn’t a policy or program, it’s an edict based upon an assumption that all childen are equally educable. It penalizes teachers for not attaining the impossible. Suppose every U.S. citizen had college degrees, who would ‘lift that bale and tote that barge’? The U.S. Supreme Court’s ‘Affirmative Action’ program faired no better. As discomforting as it is to many, non-whites have traditionally scored lower on entrance exams and achievement tests. The extension of Affirmative Action for another 25 years will have no more effect on that than it did for the first 25 years. The simple truth is, races are different, they were not created equal nor did they have a common origin – face it!

        • libertytrain

          My daughter is a co-principal and co-founder of a school that specializes in the kids that were dumped from the city schools; along with those with dyslexia; some autistic, etc – No Child Left Behind has caused great havoc for her and her teachers – because, as you said – more or less – it doesn’t work for those special-need type kids. I’m not talking race, I’m talking special needs – kids that have fallen through the cracks of city schools.

  • http://ordy@fedtel./net Eric g

    You cant send people to Haiti they will be robbed , or robbed and killed . Don’t refuges qualify for top social security as soon as they enter the United States . Why not fly over Porta Prince and drop live chickens , whole wheat and water . I’am in favor of a chicken in evrey pot , but let them clean their own chickens , labor is cheaper there . Porta prince was a lawless city before the quake , now with the hunger and great need it is worse . The average age is young maybe 18 yrs .

  • http://ordy@fedtel./net Eric g

    No we dont have enough childran , Japan doesnt try for imigrants they are paying their young japaneese to have babies . Russia is also thinking of this idea , as not long ago over 60% of all babies in Russia succumbed to abortion . The white race is not having enough babies to replace themselves anywhere i know about in the whole world . We are third in population behind Chinia and India . If it was not for our prolific imigrants we would be losing population .

  • http://na tony

    eddie, i couldnt have said it better!

    • Joe H.

      tony,
      The immigrants that came here legally years back came here and were proud to call themselves AMERICANS. The ones coming here now are calling themselves Haitian-Americans, Mexican-Americans, African-Americans, Japanese-Americans. they are too attached to their former countries to let go and be just AMERICANS anymore. They used to take a pledge of allegiance. Now you can’t be sure if they are loyal to their new country or not!!!!! If they aren’t ready to be loyal citizens of this country then let them stay where they are!!!

      • Karen

        Hi Joe,

        I mostly agree with you. If people are immigrating into a new country, they should give that country some indication of loyalty! Can you give me a source that immigrants and naturalized citizens don’t have to make a pledge of allegiance? I want to send this to my congressman and senators with some strong words!

        I don’t agree that a statement of loyalty to one’s new country means abandoning one’s prior heritage. I am a proud American who descended from proud Irishmen and Scotsmen, and I don’t want to throw any of this away! I also don’t want to ask anyone to throw their proud heritage away to be considered a loyal American.

        • Joe H.

          Karen,
          Do you call yourself an Irish-American?? I too am of Irish decent but I am an American first last and foremost!!!!

          • Claire

            I guess I could be German, Danish, Swedish,Irish-American. That is a mouthful! BUT, I will be “American” first and foremost.

  • http://na tony

    and i would also add, i’d rather help an orphaned child from hatti rather than a lazy bastard from the united states!

    • Norm

      tony
      Is this an either/or multiple choice? I wouldn’t help either.

      I would like to help good honest Americans, forced work for slave wages, so they can become tax paying citizens again.

      • Karen

        Norm,

        In part, I agree with you so much! I want to help good, honest Americans, who are ready and willing to work, but can only find slave wage jobs. It is a crime that modern Americans are forced to compete with slave labor in other countries in order to support their families. It is especially heartbreaking because so many of these folks are descendants of people who came to America to escape slave labor.

        I don’t agree that this precludes us from having to help others in the world. But I think it is becoming readily apparent that the Thomas Friedman idea, that the Free Market will fix it all, is bad for America. Not only that, but the biggest beneficiaries of this idea are the big, multinational companies, not the individuals in China or India who are getting slightly better slave wage jobs at the expense of the American worker.

        How can we fix this?

        • Joe H.

          Karen,
          Don’t ask norm how to fix it. Ask him to back up his “slave labor” wages comment with fact!!!

        • James

          Karen, we can fix this by ending the ‘free market’ nonsense. Forcing Americans to compete with China’s slave labor has been a disaster, for our economy. We have made China filthy rich and pauperized our selves. Why did President Nixon extend our “Most favored nation” rating to China, just as she was turning communist? There is no reason, whatsoever, that America should not produce the things we buy and use every day, right here at home. That would re-employ millions of our citizens.

  • http://teamster1948 Bill

    As many homeless people we have in our country why hasn’t anyone from the White House make a plea on National TV please donate $10.00 so we can feed the woman, men and children who are homeless in this country. Who are sleeping under bridges, in our inner city streets? I do however believe that medical treat is essential for all people. Somehow the American People keeps getting nothing from those who were elected to insure that those who are suffering in America because their jobs left this country no fault to theirs. We are going to spend taxpayers money to put those who aren’t citizens to work, I am curious what are we going to do for our people? What’s are you elected officials going to do spend more money, money that you or we don’t have? Who’s going to pay for this? I have an idea let supply the doctors, nurses and even military along with helicopters to provide medical aid to the injured. Let our churches, Red Cross, and other organization assist those in needs, and please lets not for we are not the only country in this world. It doesn’t hurt to say thank you to those in other countries hopefully they to will be providing to the country of Haiti. What congress should do is keep their hands off of the taxpayer’s money. You will be surprised to see that there are many Americans who will provide donation to help those in need. If you elected officials really feel this great urge in giving try giving your money that’s in your pocket and give until it hurts because you have done hurt every American with your great generosity.

  • http://teamster1948 Bill

    So now what America has millions of people who are unemployed, now we are going to except more unskilled labors into an economy which is bursting with its own citizens, with unemployed and homeless now you want to add more to stressed economy is this right? You can’t even get our people jobs long term jobs that is located in the private sector. Haiti a country with a terrible disaster, my question is what are you trying to do have America fold like the ex USSR?

    • chuck b

      bill

      people of this country forget very easily. during the 1960′s england opened its door’s to immigrants from the carribean and after awhile they woke up to what they were doing and cancelled further immigration from that part of the world. it changed their society, but it was too late. england is practically a third world nation now. obumbo is doing the same thing to us, this guy doesn’t have a clue, the democrats don’t care it’s more votes for them and they could care less about the results.

  • jomama

    We’re screwed!!

  • lessgov

    the haItians are voodoo, animal abusing, human vermin. they constantly steal from a store where i work. DEPORT THE HAITIANS AND MUSLIMS THEN CLOSE THE BORDERS.

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