The Orlando Sentinel reports that the attempts to bring Haitian refugees to the U.S. are being met with stubborn opposition, bureacratic red tape, and inhumane indifference to the orphan’s plight.
Not from the Hatian government (or what remains of it.) No, no no.
From Hillary Clinton’s State Department.
Best argument against Big Government I’ve ever seen right there:
Since the first earthquake hit Haiti last week, Suzanne Hetherman has careened between despair and elation as she waits for news of the two Haitian girls she has tried to adopt for two years.
On Monday morning, the Winter Garden woman was told they could arrive any minute. By afternoon, the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services were asking for more paperwork.
After a second earthquake rocked Port-au-Prince on Wednesday, Hetherman’s calm demeanor melted.
“They’re still handling this case-by-case,” Hetherman said, her voice cracking with frustration. “There are hundreds of kids waiting at the U.S. Embassy in a massive line. American Airlines has offered to fly all the kids out, but no one’s helping us.”
They are among the 380,000 orphans living in Haiti before the earthquakes, and officials fear thousands more children have been orphaned by the disaster.
Although the U.S. government announced it would grant “humanitarian parole” to children already matched with American adoptive parents, that status applies to only about 900 orphans. Adoption advocates are concerned about the thousands more who will be left behind in a country where children are frequently given up for adoption because their families cannot feed them.
After the second earthquake, adoptive parents such as Hetherman worry that the situation in Haiti will move from dire to desperate. Because orphanages are running low on food and water — and looters have threatened to steal their food — officials at the Joint Council on International Children’s Services urged the U.S. Embassy to create a safe zone for the orphans while their paperwork is processed.
The embassy, meanwhile, is packed with children, according to reports.
Hetherman has watched as flights carrying other orphans arrived in the United States for the American families adopting them. Twenty-six orphans arrived Monday in Fort Pierce, whisked out of Haiti by a jet from Hendrick Motorsports. Another flight, carrying NBA star Alonzo Mourning, brought a few more orphans Tuesday night. And when Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell wrangled with American and Haitian officials to bring a flight of orphans to Pittsburgh, Hetherman cheered his efforts, yet despaired that she hasn’t found such a champion.
“I’d love to see every governor doing that,” Hetherman said. She has called a lot of politicians for help. Finally, on Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson’s office offered to help push her paperwork through the red tape at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Why does this not surprise me? Apparently the State department is willing to let these kids die of hunger and starvation rather than let them in the country and have to actually do some work on visas for a change.
Did I mention these kids are black?
Don’t you think if this was a Republican administration the press would be making a royal fuss over that?