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January 19th, 2010
06:00 PM ET

Should U.S. let Haitians in as refugees?

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(PHOTO CREDIT: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The United States is telling millions of Haitians - made homeless by last week's earthquake - not to try to come here.

Homeland Security and the Defense Department say they're taking strict actions to avoid a mass exodus from Haiti... with concerns that it could lead to a refugee crisis in places like Miami or deaths at sea.

A U.S. Air Force cargo plane flies for hours over Haiti daily... broadcasting a message from Haiti's ambassador to the U.S. that things will be even worse if they attempt the trip… and that any refugees will be sent right back to Haiti.

Officials plan to take any boats with Haitians caught at sea to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba - and they're clearing out a federal jail in Miami to make room for Haitians who might make it here.

It doesn't appear that Haitians have been trying to flee the island by boat, yet... but officials worry that as conditions on the ground get worse, the chances of an exodus could go up.

Since the earthquake, the U.S. has only allowed 23 Haitians into the country to get medical help on humanitarian grounds... as well as allowing some Haitian orphans to come here temporarily.

The U.S. says it will give temporary amnesty for 18 months to Haitians who were in the country illegally before the earthquake. But the so-called "temporary protected status" - which could affect as many as 200,000 Haitians in the U.S. - won't apply to those who try to get into the country going forward.

Here’s my question to you: Should the U.S. bend immigration rules and let Haitians into the country as refugees?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

J. writes:
And put them where? They can live in a refugee camp here or in Haiti. If they are here, we bear the cost; if they are in Haiti, we might be able to get the UN to pick up the cost. The U.S. is already overspending on everything; we no longer have the resources to be the world’s saving grace.

Andre writes:
Absolutely. Giving Haitians refugee status would help establish America as a moral authority in the Caribbean and around the world. Being viewed as a compassionate, helpful neighbor is good for our national security and could be useful in trade negotiations. Haiti will eventually emerge as a more stable, more prosperous state. When it does, Haitians will remember how much America helped in this catastrophe.

Mark writes:
Jack, The people of Haiti need to stay in their country and help rebuild it. Considering that only 50% of the people have any education at all, (most only have 2.5 years education) what could they do here? Basically with zero skills, nothing. They would be just more drain on our social programs requiring free medical, welfare, and food stamps. We are helping them in their time of need and will continue to do so but they need to stay there.

Diane writes:
Yes. If we can spend hundreds of millions bailing out banks, et al. who made questionable investments, we can help these people who through no fault of their own find themselves with absolutely nothing.

Vicki from Saint Paul, Minnesota writes:
If we can look the other way for Mexicans, despite their exporting of drugs and violence into the U.S., why not for Haitians? Are Hispanics in general and Mexicans in particular really more deserving or in greater need? Doesn't immigration work best when it's broadly based? Aren't immigrants more likely to become Americanized and English-speaking when the immigrant community is more diverse?

Cassiel writes:
Fix Louisiana first. Then we'll talk.


Filed under: Haiti earthquake • Immigration
soundoff (249 Responses)
  1. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    Absolutely. To paraphrase Will Rogers, "I've never met a Haitian I didn't like." Bienvenue, mes amis.

    January 19, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
  2. Rhoda Bryce

    If even on a temporary basis, it would be beneficial to eliminate some of the chaos by bringing people here. It might allow the people there for recovery to focus on that and have room to do it without fear of more personal damage. It also might be easier to get food and water to say Miami then Haiti.

    January 19, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
  3. David of Alexandria VA

    Jack - there may be as many as 1 million homeless Haitians and millions more who have and will continue to live in abject poverty amidst government corruption. To make a dent in this, we would have to do do more than "bend the rules." We have our own problems and there are other countries where conditions are worse that Haiti - what about them? It would be a better solution to join a multi-national coalition to help rebuild the country to be better than it was.

    January 19, 2010 at 3:46 pm |
  4. Kamel Tlemsani

    Unless we become a heartless nation, of course we should let them in. their country is destroyed or whatever was left of it and its people need medical attention and help

    January 19, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  5. Paul Round Rock, Texas

    With as bad as it is in Haiti I can not see us not letting as least some Haitians into our country as refugees. One option would be a temporay visa for say three years. Or would that be seen as just a way to get cheap labor into the country and then send them back after the three years if we could find them.

    January 19, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  6. Sandra in Temecula, CA

    No, We are bringing aid and helping them in this very difficult time, but we cannot bring everyone here. Anyone brought here would remain here permanently and our over loaded welfare system cannot support more. We need more tax payers to support those on government programs, not the opposite.

    January 19, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
  7. Ruth Schwinghammer

    We have plenty of meat for the haitians. There are many horse processing plants that are closed and could be opened to take care of the overpopulation of wild and domesticated horses. This way we could feed millions of people ... let's get smart about solving some of our proplems!

    January 19, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
  8. Simonsays-Orlando

    No. We have enough poor people in the U.S. to support. Especially when you throw in all the illegal immigrants. There are already enough Americans without jobs who are also suffering.

    January 19, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  9. pat in michigan

    orphans ,yes.Adults no way not without a tradeand education.

    January 19, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  10. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, sure just what we need, another 10 million welfare people. Heck, we should already have a deed to the country for the $100M of our taxpayer dollars we have already committed, and you can bet that Obama isn't done at that level. It will be much closer to $1B before this is all done. Just leave them there in Haiti, they'll get their country rebuilt for free, and we'll support them via billions of dollars in foreign aid for years to come, and they'll be way better off then they were before the quake. It's the American way!

    January 19, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  11. ADS-Seattle

    Gee Jack, let's not get all squousy here. We (officially) have nine million people out of work, probably twice that many if you count those who have given up looking. What in God's name are we going to do with millions of poor, uneducated, unskilled, residents. There are just so many dishes to wash and tables to bus, after all.

    January 19, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  12. Ed from MD

    Why? All the work is in Haiti rebuilding the country.

    January 19, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    As a Cuban-American I have to say yes, let them into the U.S. They deserve a chance to start a new life.

    January 19, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  14. Brian Delray Beach, FL

    The Haitian people are paying a horrible price for centuries of corruption and dictatorship. The USA has a golden opportunity to do something right for a change. Once the basic needs of the people for food, shelter, and medical are met we need to bulldoze all that substandard housing and replace it with homes built in partnership with American homebuilders not federal contractors like Haliburton. There are billions of dollars worth of projects coming soon which can create employment for Haitians in their own country instead of shipping their unemployment here.

    January 19, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  15. Missy M

    Oui, oui, oui! America should welcome these refugees with open arms!

    January 19, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  16. elena

    Absolutely NOT !!! We have enough problems with immigration as it is.Once they come here they will never leave. They have a country, let them rebuild it. Haiti has been a cesspool for countless years, maybe now they can start from scratch and become a real working country.
    People should worry about the people in their own country as much as they worry about other countries. Americans are doing enough, let them go to Africa, there is plenty of space for them.

    Cranston R.I.

    January 19, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  17. ken,nj

    Give the haitians the same deal the cubans get. If you make it to the u.s. you can stay. Why are the cubans so special they are right next to haiti.

    January 19, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  18. Abner, Erie

    Absolutely! It has taken years to get New Orleans back after Katrina and this is a prosperous country. It's going to tak a lot longer for a country as poor as Haiti to rebuild. The US should bend its rules to allow a temporary status to Haitians until Port Au Prince and the rest of Haiti returns to some semblance of normalcy.

    January 19, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  19. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    No Jack. Haiti was a basket case before this, and it'll be one after. Had the Haitian government not been corrupt since day one after independence, there would be the infrastructure to deal with this. Why should their acceptance over the past 200 years of government corruption be our problem?

    January 19, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  20. Darren

    That or we could send them to Mexico and let them walk across the border to our naion .

    January 19, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  21. Cindy

    Why not! U.S. has been bending the immigration rules for years -whats another year or two.

    January 19, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  22. Terry Gnsbg,IN

    Officials plan to take any boats with Haitians caught at sea to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba – and they're clearing out a federal jail in Miami to make room for Haitians who might make it here.
    This sounds like a good plan to me. Aren't there other land masses not far from Haiti they could be moved to? This would disperse some of the relief efforts to different areas and stop the bottleneck it's in now.

    January 19, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  23. Scott Owens

    Haitian life was tough before the earthquake. We might see an increase of refugees but no mass exodus. This was a natural disaster. Things might be different if they were trying to escape from genocide or war. The Haitian people are tough and will want to remain in order help friends and family.

    If we want to help lets get these aircraft out of the air above Haiti. Lets find some fields and quickly building some emergency landing strips. I hate hearing that every actor, actress, and country in the world is trying to help but we simply cant get the supplies and people on the ground! Its frustrating to me (safe and secure in my office), It would be unbearable if I was a Haitian with an injured child that needed medical attention.

    January 19, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  24. brett mullins Phoenix,Az

    I dont think the refugees should be rushed to the front of the line. People have been waiting for years to become citizens. How will the U.S. justify all this to other people.

    January 19, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  25. Dieter621, NJ

    Why in the world should the US bend rules for the Haitians? They have no skills to offer and will never be repatriated . Just like the illegal 300,000 plus that now reside here we will never be able to locate them once they enter. We can't even find 25 million illegal Mexicans! The Dominican Republic shares the same island so why not establish temporary housing there or move them to Venezuela?. I'm sure Hugo would be thrilled to accept them!

    January 19, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  26. GWTripp, Mch'sburg, PA

    No. The refugee status was meant to accomodate those citizens of nations whose life was in jeopardy for political or religious reasons. Let us do everything in our power to provide what aid we can, but for God's sake, keep the Haitians in Haiti.

    January 19, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  27. Gigi Oregon

    No, and for their own good. With the money pouring in and the quality of life style they are accustomed to they should take the monies away from the government and give it to a good bank and let the people rebuild in their fashion. Oops...there are no honest bankers, after they took their salaries and bonuses there wouldn't be enough money for out houses.. Heaven help them. Someone give them a computer so they can learn what America does for its poor, widow and orphan.

    January 19, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  28. Eugene, Myers Flat, Northern Cal

    Jack, We're still waiting to hear BaBaBa Boo Blitzer sing us a song.
    Please Wolf.

    January 19, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  29. anne papke

    Why can't they form a bucket brigade to get supplies from the airport in Haiti to the downtown area. Pay each person $10 plus food and water to stand and hand items to the next person. It might be quicker then finding a car and petrol to drive the items to the city.

    January 19, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  30. Doug - Dallas, TX

    No. Let me put it another way, NO!!!!!

    January 19, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  31. George, Montrose,PA

    I don't think so, Jack, we have way too many problems and issues to deal with ourselves here in this country. I believe it would be better for the U.S. along with the rest of the world, and all of its charitable organizations, to assist the Haitian people in the rebuilding their own country.

    January 19, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  32. Mike, Albuquerque, NM

    ...and where would they get jobs?

    January 19, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  33. Don Shacker

    Definitely, yes!

    January 19, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  34. Oilengineer

    Protection status? So we expect people to just tell the truth on if they were here or not? Is this a joke? I feel sorry for those in trouble elsewhere, but allowing mass immigration from poor countries is a one way trip to devestating our own.

    January 19, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  35. Tina Tx

    Not on a mass scale. You cannot send them back to the ruins can you? I know Rush would. It is a sticky mess either way you look at it.

    January 19, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  36. The Broker.

    "Why not? This is an Emergency of enormous errors."

    January 19, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  37. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Your question goes much deeper than what you have asked. It is a question of healing ourselves before we can help heal the world.

    We have allowed our fear to expel all that we are about. A nation of compassion and love for all mankind; a melting pot of all nationalities, faiths, races. And this fear has also allowed us to misplace our virtues we once built a society upon.

    We once understood that it was the coming together of our differences that made us stronger, today we choose to isolate and persecute those we once held in our hearts. We are not able to transcend our fear.

    Paul Claudel, a 19th century writer and poet wrote what is to me probably the greatest words I've ever seen penned. Claudel believed that we were the salvation of one another as he wrote:

    "There is no one of my brothers, here is the family of man, woman.

    There is no one of my brothers I can do without.

    In the heart of the meanest miser, the most squalled prostitute, the most miserable drunkard, there is an immortal soul with holy aspirations which deprived of the daylight worships in the night.

    I hear them speaking when I speak. I hear them weeping when I go down on my knees. There is not one of them that I can do without.

    Just as there are many stars in the heavens, and the power of calculation is beyond my reckoning, so also there are many living souls and they scarcely give forth their light, but I need them all in my praise of God.

    There are many living beings, but there is not one of them in whom I am not in communion in that sacred apex where we utter together our Father."

    Fear and greed are becoming who we are, it is time to open our hearts, and once again open our doors. To become who we were meant to be.

    January 19, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  38. Gail, Plano,Texas

    You're kidding, right Jack? The American people would go berserk? Oh, we're OK watching it on TV, or sending a few bucks, but let them come and live here? No Way! We had a hard time in TX assimilating the Hurricane Katrina victims into our state. We as a nation are certainly not our brother's keeper. U know Jack, u do have some very humorous questions. I am chuckling as I write this.

    January 19, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  39. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    Yes, let them in. Haiti is largely an oral culture and probably incapable of healing itself. And besides, when is kindness ever inappropriate?

    January 19, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  40. Bonnie

    We should but we won't.

    January 19, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  41. Ellen- St. Augustine, Florida

    Jack- If anything can make up for the reputation that Bush left the United States with, it would be assisting these desperate people. Nothing is going to prevent refugees from making their way into the country somehow. Sending innocent people to Gitmo would only exacerbate the situation.There might as well be some kind of vetting process for Haitian emigrants. (Miami doesn't need any more criminals) Children, students, and others should be offered some kind of temporary assistance from the U.S.

    January 19, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  42. Jen

    The U.S has to fix their problems in the U.S, before they can bring refugees from Haiti. i.e.The econemy, homelessness, healthcare, New Orleans (Hurricane Katrina). Children in the U.S foster care need parents to adopt them. No Refugess, the U.S should clean their own house before they clean someone else's.

    January 19, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  43. Mike S., New Orleans

    I don't see why the U.S. shouldn't bend the immigration rules for earthquake ravaged Haitians. They haven't enforced the rules for anyone else in the past two decades, why start now?

    January 19, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  44. Laura

    I think the government should let Haitians in as refugees–especially the kids. These people aren't trying to do anything harmful, they're trying to survive and it is our responsibility as human beings to help give them access to food and other basic necessities so that they may recover and begin rebuilding.

    January 19, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  45. John

    No, Haitians should not be allowed into the US in mass as refugees. This may seem cold and cruel, but there is a reality here that has to be dealt with. If the answer to any problem is migrating to the US, then the end result is most everyone in the world living in the US; and "NOT" fixing problems in their homeland. This is not a viable solution for anyone.

    Right now Haiti needs several things. Obviously rescue aid, supplies, and funds are needed. Less obvious is that Haiti needs the ability to stand on her own two feet at some point. (Where would the world be if the US did not stand on her own two feet?) The way to work towards this goal, is for Haitians to remain Haitians. We need a long term plan for Haiti, that does not only look at "aid". Haiti needs a comprehensive plan that involves education, employment, employment training, and civil disaster readiness. Haiti has proven that it is a disaster waiting to happen over and over. This is not the last disaster for Haiti. It is time to get the people off the "aid" track and on the "self sufficient" track.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  46. HB - Yardley Pa

    Give them all of the compassion and aid that we can BUT every time there is a disaster somewhere in the world the answer IS NOT come to the United States.
    Maybe Moscow could make room fior a few thousand?

    January 19, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  47. Rick McDaniel

    This country already has a great many problems due to millions of illegal refugees. I see no benefit to the Haitians or to Americans, to overload the uS with more refugees at this time, and especially while we have no jobs for those already here, much less any for new refugees.

    Someone needs to understand, we cannot single handedly solve all of the world's problems.

    The Haitians need to re-build, just as we would have to do, if it happened to America......because absolutely no one, would offer the US aid!

    January 19, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  48. john j. grimes Watertown, Ma.

    Absolutely not! There are enough neighboring countries, such as the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Cuba etc. that should be stepping up to the plate to assist their brothers & sisters. This country already is overburdened with at least 13 million people who do not even belong here legally. Many of these individuals are incarcerated while the rest cost our government over 300 billion dollars per year. When will our leaders understand that we cannot be everything to everybody? We have enough problems as it is.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  49. John

    While it is understandable that a massive influx of refugees would cause a considerable variety of problems, refusing to admit refugees of such a terrible natural disaster would be one of the most despicable things that this country has ever done, on par with slavery, ignoring genocides occurring around the world where we could easily provide assistance, and our own genocide of Native Americans. For a country founded on the ideals we are supposed to represent, I am frequently disgusted by what this country does. Have a little humanity and make the world a better place!

    January 19, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  50. Tim

    And do what with them? For crying out loud! We can't even take care of our OWN people! I hurt for them, truly, but I'm barely keeping a roof over MY families head. I'd also like to know what printing press Obama is using these days. I'd like to find the line for THAT machine! How about helping our own countrymen and women?

    January 19, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  51. John Klave

    The overall answer is yes and no. The immigrants should be divided up among all free countries. We cannot afford the illegal immigrants we already have and if other countries do not bear the burden and we have to as usual bear the burdin then my answer is no. We cannot even afford health care for our current citizens.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  52. LJB

    Flat out.....NO. They need to stay there and start putting their country back together and take some pride in doing it. If the U.S. allows them to come over here, you will never get them out. They will scatter like the winds. Giving those that are here temporary amnesty is just as bad and good luck getting them out of our country after it runs out. Stay home and help yourselves. Haiti is getting plenty of assistance right now and it will continue to get help as long as they sit back and just beg for more help.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  53. Amy Crittenden

    No. Their issue is not political strife, but a natural calamity. We didn't bring people here from Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, or Africa after the 2004 tsunami. We didn't let people in from other countries after earthquakes.

    I support our efforts in recovery there, but we do not need nor are we obligated to open our borders.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  54. A. Shah

    Jack,
    Any and all Haitians wishing to leave should be taken directly over to Mexico. Mexico has an open-border policy and will surely take on any migrants wishing to find a new start in Mexico. After all, the Mexican government has facilitated the movement of persons, drugs, and guns across its borders for years, why not do something constructive for once?
    A. Shah

    January 19, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  55. jackie

    And how would you explain the Haitian to those south of our Boarder?

    January 19, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  56. Shawn

    I don't see how letting more Haitian refugees in will solve the problem. Plus are we going to allow refugees in the country everytime there is a natural disaster in an other country? We need to focus more on solving the problems in Haiti so there is no need for them be refugees in any country.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  57. Jake

    Should the Haitians be allowed in? OF COURSE NOT! It's unfortunate what has happened to them, and my heart goes out to them, but that is life. Life is not fair; life is not pretty. On that note, our country should try to help as best as possible.

    Good grief! Sometimes I feel The United States of America is going to "nice" itself out of existence! It's not fair of us to take on everyone, or expect the current citizens to take on the financial burden of letting the refugees in. It's not our country's job to babysit the Western Hemisphere, especially when other countries don't have our best interest. Last I checked, there are hundreds of other countries. Why won't they take some in?

    I'm sure I'm going to get roasted by others on here, but to them I say this: I challenge you to house 5 American homeless in your house. Would you do it? Why not? You expect others to do the same, but you can't do it. Interesting......

    January 19, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  58. Brian

    It's one thing to allow those who are already here to stay, and it's another to bring in more refugees. We must know our own capacities before taking on more burdens. What would our government propose for them to do? We have huge problem as it is. We can do as much as we can to help, but taking in more people is a commitment we should NOT be making at this time. I don't want anyone to die, but I don't want my country to be filled with people who are driven to lifes of crime because of the lack of jobs and means of making a honest living.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  59. Darlene Bannon

    A simple solution to the orphanage problem going on in Haiti is to open an Haitian orphanage in the United States. We would be able to provide for the children so they don't die of hunger or thirst and obtain medical care. No one wants these children to die... we have to help them. We could go by Haitian government rules concerning adoption if need be... We could use our foster care system for those with parents that are unable to care for them under the circumstances. We have to cut through the red tape and take care of the people. It should not cost 20k to adopt these children in such need.
    Darlene Bannon

    January 19, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  60. Laverne Hollingsworth

    Nope Noway!!! I think luxury cruise ships should be sent to haiti several in number to accommadate the haitian population as temporary housing this will give them a place to stay, food, clean water to dring and medical facilities can be set up on the coast and they can get to it but right know everything is scattered. We here in the us already are suffering an economic meltdown and increasing the population with refugees also who looking for work is crazy. If they come here taxpayers will be responsible for them I understand there have a crisis but they just need to get of the island temporary so rebuilding can happen. We as americans do not want to make them our forever responsibility remember if they come as refugees they will be bringing some of there cultural beliefs systems which is the voodoo and whatever diseases they may have. I am not saying they have diseases but who is going to be responsible for testing them and vaaccinating them prior to US entry. Americans deserve this you can't let a massive group of people into a country without medical testing that will not be fair, and leaving them there on the island is a humanitarian evil I agree but a solution is just to get them of the island tempory and I think whis can be done with luxury cruise ships so immediate needs of the haitians can be met and long term solutions can begin to be executed toward rebuilding Haiti this is there land that the Haitians fought for democracy and freedom for they should not be removed from a land were there forefathers fought so much to be free, but a temporary housing solutin is needed and the cruise ships seems like a good idea tell obama. It may be costly but bring them to the us shore will not be fair to the american people remember my comment about having them medically tested, and the economic meltdown in the US. Haiti is a nation that is responsible for itself just as US is responsible for itself and as individuals we all have an individual responsiblity to perservere so lets just assist temporary and help rebuild haiti but not remove them as refugees

    January 19, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  61. Andrew

    I bet all the attention and resources going to stop potential Haitian refugees is making it even easier for criminal traffickers. It seems silly not to bend the rules when there are people dying and the rules don't work anyway!

    January 19, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  62. Horace Burby

    No, Haitians can not come to the United States. Further access to the United States by aliens must stop. I will work to do all possible to provide care, charity, money, and assistance to those in need, but can not tolerate further destruction of my country by those who do not belong here. We can not tolerate further population nor can we continue to ignore the needs of the American citizen in order to help those who do not belong here. Our own efforts in dealing with aliens must be to assure that they are not on my land, on my roads, in my school, or or in my pocket. We must set standards and practices that prevent access to the country, guarantee that work or social services will be denied the alien in the country, that citizenship can not be granted by right of birth by changing the constitution to grant citizenship to those born of two American citizens only. It is time that we focus on the needs, the rights, and the expectations of the American citizen to have a country devoid of alien invasion.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  63. Ralph Spyer chicago Il

    The American Indians bended immigrations rules when they let all the Europeans in . What rules : I learning to speak Spanish just to get by.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  64. Nick

    Yes, they should let them in

    January 19, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  65. Princess Ayelotan

    Sure, US must bend immigration rule and let in these people! It may sound unheard of to many people but this is what many countries did before.

    Think of Nigeria; this is a country that allowed in huge numbers of Ghanaians during the late 70s.

    Then it's not even about earthquake but political issue.

    Tell me, what's so big about this issue of immigration rule in a country that one mustn't let in people who are in dire need?

    It will take years to restore back what were lost in Haiti; the houses, schools, hospitals, many more.

    US should help, please.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  66. JRoss

    No, we should not be letting Haitians into U.S. in droves. What we should be doing is getting investors, engineers, personnel in the know to Haiti to brainstorm on how to make an economy for this country. Haiti can become a mecca for tourism with its beautiful beaches and landscapes. Why not build this industry and employ Haitians in the tourist industry? Get a good strong government in there and also promote whatever agriculture can be fostered. Build schools, hospitals, roads and buildings that can withstand earthquakes. Everything needs work in this country. All the industrialized nations should pitch in, donate their expertise, and start Haiti from scratch! Call it nation building if you want to, but the Haitians are intelligent resourceful people with a wonderful culture and with the proper help from the world of nations, they CAN build a new country. Do it people! It can be done, then Haitians can work and live properly in their own country and they won't want to leave their homeland!

    January 19, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  67. Beverly S.

    I think the U.S. should let Haitians in as refugees. There are no resources in Haiti right now...no infrastructure...and people are dying for lack of water. This country would be relegating these people who have already suffered so much to death. We need to show them that we care. Why prolong their suffering or make the situation worse. Are they not human too?

    January 19, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  68. Larry Jackson

    Why allow people to immigrate to this country when they cannot run there own? It would be just another ball on the chain dragging down America.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  69. D

    As soon as possible those that have medical needs that cannot be met locally may be allowed brief access to treatment in the US. Likewise for orphans who need temporary access while awaiting final paperwork provided they have some form of US sponsorship. The US and other nations cannot afford a mass exodus.

    Also, obviously more permanent accomodations need to be made for the hundreds of thousands completely displaced. Some form of semi-permanent camp outside the city with adequate shelter, medical, sanitation, etc. needs to be constructed. All able bodied Haitians should be recruited and paid to help in that effort. Let the Haitian people participate in their own recovery!!!

    January 19, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  70. T No

    NOOOOOOO!

    January 19, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  71. Lee

    Jack, Come on. Emphatic NO. We have over 10% unemployment and opening our doors to 1/2 a million Haitians is not going to help the situation. They would be an unnecessary burden on every facet of our government whether it be National, State or Local..

    January 19, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  72. Richard, Kankakee, IL.

    No they have a country, why not hire them to do the work to rebuild their own country, or are we really trying to build yet another base in another country! These people need jobs so why would you want to take all of the people out of their country to allow them to come to the U.S. we already have a jobs problem we do not need to add 3 million more people to our unemployed list. after all the whole country did not fall apart only one city! This is dumb so stop!

    January 19, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  73. Harley

    Absolutely! However, all sovereign countries in the U.N. should be required to take in the same number of refugees in relation of their population. all must bear the responsibilities. Time for humanity to rise!

    January 19, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  74. Jacques

    No. No. No. No. No. No....

    January 19, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  75. Roberta Miller

    The orphans in process for adoption should be released immediately to their adopting parents. Any child in critical medical condition, once stabilized. should be flown to Miami hospitals. They can be housed in Miami pending the stabilization of Haiti.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  76. shirley San Jose Ca

    No. We cannot afford to provide basic services for many of our own at this time and there are to many Americans out of work who need the jobs refugees might fill. We are providing help through our tax dollars. It is time for our Representatives in Washington to put Americans first.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  77. Dan

    Settle them in the midwest.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  78. Julie

    I think it should be left to the individual States to decide, regardless of the decision that is made, to allow or disallow.

    Coming from MN, I am sure that our State would accept the responsibility of refugees, just like we have done with generations of Somalis, Hmong and the Vietnamese.

    Personally, I would welcome them here.

    Julie

    January 19, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  79. Cathleen

    The children, absolutely. I'm sure a process could be implemented that could document the children that have temporarily left to the arms of caring U.S., Canadian and European (and other) families that can take them in right now. This would allow parents who have just been separated from their children to eventually be reunited... in the mean time the children can benefit from a much better situation. It would have two benefits... the children who are allowed temporary refugee status will benefit in an obvious way... and the children left behind will benefit because there will be less of a drain on existing resources. Babies are dying from lack of formula, water and food. Haiti will lose an entire generation if we do not act quickly. There is no reason for that when families here can help... even if only temporarily. Where do I sign up!?

    January 19, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  80. saikat

    just what we need, more tax dollars in assistance for immigrants who dont pay any taxes, from medical emergencies to public schooling.

    california.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  81. rrock

    We already have high unemployment and a shortage of services for the poor in this country. Why would we add to the problem? Haiti cannot continue to export their problems. We need to provide emergency supplies and services and they need to figure out how to get their country functioning rather than leave it the basket case that it is. They cannot continue to have a dysfunctional government and out of control population growth and not expect continuing disasters in their country.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  82. Joan

    No.... we have too many illegals already. We'll pay for them more than we are now.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  83. Steve

    Haitians would clearly meet the definition of refugees. If they can get to the U.S. they should be allowed to stay here. It is ridiculous that only Cubans, which do not have nearly the desparate poverty issues that Haiti has, can speed across the ocean or cardboard crate it across and as soon as they land are suddenly granted permission to stay. Yet, Haitians who risk their lives over farther distances and waters that are considerably more dangerous have to be put back on a boat and sent back to suffer the same inhuman conditions that prompted them to risk their lives in the first place. What in the world does that Statue in New York mean if we turn away those who are tired, poor and retched?

    January 19, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  84. Jorge

    I do not think so. It wouldn't make sense to allow such a large group of people into the country. These people are mostly Illiterate and would need government assistance for along time. The United States already has 10-30 million people who should not be here.
    We are also in a recession. Jobs are not abundant.
    I think we should just help them with people (engineers, doctors, ...) and money.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  85. Keith Willis

    The question should be: how many lives have been lost in Cuba during the last fifty "embargo" years versus how many were lost in Haiti this past week? If common sense were to suddenly dictate policy, one would expect the embargo to end, enabling our Cuban exiles to return home–by force, if necessary. Meanwhile, our long-suffering Haitian brothers would be given equal protection from oppression and suffering, and offered the keys to American social justice. But, I expect common sense to rule the day when Santa, the Tooth Fairy and the Extraterrestrial hold a joint press conference on a "News" network other than Fox.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  86. bob

    no way jose

    January 19, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  87. Gail Davidson

    Absolutely not, we can not save the world by bringing in the poor and sick to our shores. What constitutes the right to come here? If it is right for the Haitians why was it not right or humane to let the victims of the sunami or the earthquake in Chinato come? Is it a matter of simple proximity to our shores? How fair is that? We can not save the world, we can hardly save ourselves. Once here, they will never go back. Best to send help and supplies. Assist them in rebuilding their own country with requirements that they continue to build a representative government. Help there, absolutely, come here...NO.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  88. Barb - Arizona

    I don't want to sound heartless but America and its people can't take much more. Our so called Welcome Mat is worn out.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  89. brenda

    We should not bring any more illegal's into the united states. We should continue to help them and supply them with water, food and medical needs. May of those here illegal are already using state assitance and many states do not have enought money for their own state programs.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  90. Susan Connecticut

    No. we don't need refugees. If someone is here for medical/humanitarian reasons due to the earthquake, they should be allowed to stay until they are mended and then go back home once they and their country are stable.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  91. Jill

    No. If the U.S. allows tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of Haitians to enter the U.S. as refugees, they will immediately get put on the welfare doles, and drain the American taxpayers even more than we're already being drained. Let Haiti take care of their own. The U.S. cannot rescue every 3rd world country from every natural disaster.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  92. Randy S

    NO. No, and more no. Its a terrible situation, and our hearts go out to the Haitian people, as are our resources. We are doing enough.

    Haiti is a terrible country. Its not our job to fix their mess, and allowing refugees here would only set a precedent that will consume more resources that we simply don't have.

    In addition, they will all end up in Miami. Miami has enough Haitians already.

    Randy- MIami, FL

    January 19, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  93. Matt

    I wish the U.S. would be that "strict" on the U.S./Mexico Border! I'd rather have people who NEED to be here to get care and start their lives over instead of people who come here, shoot police officers, get exported, return, etc.. But what do I know, I'm just a tax payer...

    January 19, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  94. gp

    In one word, "NO". Unless of course you want to give refugee status to every person from a disadvantaged country impacted by a natural or man-made disaster.

    I believe in helping and doing the right thing morally and ethically. But come on, I'm tired of communities using such tragedies to loosen up immigration. Once you start making exceptions, you mess up the value and intention of rules set in past. And quite frankly, the cost of such a "well-intentioned" would be higher than most of us would like to pay.

    We need to help people build up their own countries, when warranted-not have an untamed and even insane policy on refugee and immigration status.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  95. Marie Gourley

    Absolutely, they should be allowed. If there is an exodus, it is because they are going to die if they stay in country. Imagine what desperation would have to overcome an individual to leave all they know behind, and swim to a new country. If that sense of urgency exists, shouldn't we respond?

    Indianapolis, IN

    January 19, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  96. Matt

    wish the U.S. would be that "strict" on the U.S./Mexico Border! I'd rather have people who NEED to be here to get care and start their lives over instead of people who come here, shoot police officers, get deported, return, etc.. But what do I know, I'm just a tax payer...

    January 19, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  97. Gary Clark

    A provocative question considering on how well the US economy is doing. Let me candid and refrain from spending too much time on this...retarded.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  98. john

    ABsolutely NO.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  99. jerry

    Jack, how about some fresh ideas. This one is a little late, ever been to Miami?

    January 19, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  100. Ann in Phoenix, AZ

    Jack, don't we have enough problems already?! I feel sorry for these people but how can our country take in refugees when we can't take care of our own citizens - unemployment is skyrocketing, homeless numbers are climbing across the nation, people are losing their health care on a daily basis, children are starving in this country and it seems like nothing is being done!! When do we, the middle class of this country, come first? I work at the largest homeless shelter for families in AZ and we're losing state funding at a time when our waiting list is growing every day - we need to take care of our own first!

    January 19, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  101. Tara

    Absolutely, the US should allow Haitians in the country as refugees. I have worked with refugees from other countries for several years, and the conditions they faced were horrific...I can't imagine that the Haitians are living in better conditions than the refugees with whom I worked. No American, in my opinion, can imagine what it means to live in Haiti (even before the earthquake) or to be refugee. It seems there's a lot of political drama going on with the US getting humanitarian aid to Haiti, and it's extremely disappointing. For any Haitians who want to and can come to the US, I say let them in! (Tara, Atlanta, GA)

    January 19, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  102. Gman

    Why is it that America doesn't have a problem with letting the Mexicans stay but not the Haitians?

    January 19, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  103. Jim in St. Louis, Mo

    Absolutely not. While we understand their plight they need to return to their country to be a part of the rebuilding process.

    America's laws do nor permit just opening the borders and permitting a mass inflow of immigrants, for any reason. While they may claim to be refugees they are in fact citizens of Haiti and they need to stay in Haiti.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  104. William Pontarelli

    No. Actually we should encourage Haitians who have left (probably the most law abiding and talented) to return to rebuild Haiti.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  105. Andy in Islip, NY

    Absolutely the U.S. should allow the Haitian Refugees to enter the country. When else in the history of our great country has such a humanitarian nightmare occured in such proximity to our country? Send us your starving and poor? We have a responsibility to the world to set the example, maybe other countries will follow our lead.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  106. Gary Southard

    It is obvious that it would take at least 25 years to rebuild
    the capital and other Haitian cities destroyed by the quake.
    There is no way for the people there to find food or shelter
    for many years. Let them immigrate to the US and other
    countries now. If each city agreed to take some of them
    and the citizens agree to be responsible for one or a family,
    they could all be absorbed into the populations without a problem. What we need is a media campaign to get this started.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  107. Ron Richards

    Heck no! Why compound the problems we already have. I say establish sheltered camps on Haiti and house the people in those. We just cannot keep opening our gates to every person who has a bit of bad luck. When are we going to take care of our own? When are we going to address the growing problem on our southern border? When are we going to address the undocumented worker problem in our own backyard? I can't wait for the wonderful health care bill to be enacted, then all the illegals here now can truly get quality health care instead of using the nearest ER.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  108. kay

    No!

    January 19, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  109. Jon- Delhi,NY

    No, the United States should not. Allowing in refugees would be a costly venture and how would the government intend on paying for it all? That pretty much ends that discussion.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  110. Natalie

    Let me ask the question, if it were any other country besides Haiti would the US let in refugees? They would and in fact they have in previous natural disasters so should the people of Haiti be treated any different? The affected areas in Haiti are basically graveyards not fit for living so why leave these people there? I understand the US concerns but please have compassion in your hearts, look past yourself and put yourself in these poor people’s shoes. I believe the priority should be given to orphanages, Women with children and intact families. I believe if the US leads other countries will follow. It could be done in a organized way almost like the processing through Ellis Island but instead they can use Guantanamo bay as the processing area. It is almost heartless not to.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  111. marc r

    absolutely yes.
    let them in – it is a basic humanitarian gesture. Many of the sick and injured will suffer and die needlessly. We are a rich country and can afford a big heart.
    how would we feel in a similar situation if Canada walled us off ?

    January 19, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  112. Barbara

    If they were white would this even be a question? I am so sick of the hypocracy in this country!

    January 19, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  113. John Chandler

    Hell no, look what happened at the end of the Viet Nam war! We do not need more mouths to feed, nor do we need leeches on society to clog hospitals, give room and board to indefinately.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  114. Indecisive, Houston, TX

    Im not really sure that is the best thing for the US to do. Where would they live, work, go to school? This country is already overpopulated with illegal immigrants from other countries that we can't get rid of!!

    January 19, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  115. Eva Sarelle

    NO. NO and NO again!
    Rockville, MD

    January 19, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  116. Jim

    We cannot be all things to all people. We have a hard enough time taking care of our own. We should not let them seek refuge here. We are already helping by sending manpower, supplies and money to the region.

    Ventura, California

    January 19, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  117. aishadl

    San Jose, CA

    The U.S. has in the past allowed victims of war and/or natural disasters seek refuge in the U.S. Countries such as Honduras, El Salvador, and Sudan. Why wouldn't we extend the same to Haitians? Understandably there would be a massive influx of refugees. But allowing survivors to die in the streets for lack of anywhere to seek refuge is inhumane! Let them in!

    January 19, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  118. Gregory Lukasik

    I would like to help by offering my home to a family or people from Haiti. I live in Arizona and have lots of room. Please contact me.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  119. Bob Whitebread

    NO, NO, NO! And it has nothing to do with the color of their skin. The US can not support millions more with no real ability to support themselves. Why not France or some other country?

    January 19, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  120. Jere HIlton

    Jack;

    As with most issues, there are grey areas. I think the children needing healthcare should be allowed into the country with or without their mothers. But to open our doors unconditionally for all, well, I would rather see an incentive program to stay in their country and be put to work to rebuild.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  121. Pam

    The haitian women with child should be given an opportunity to be in the US for six months if they have immediate family citizens here. The men should stay behind to clean the rubble. The haitian citizens who are causing secuity threats need to be removed from the society during all of this chaos.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  122. Kevin from Colorado Springs

    When we have taken care of all the homeless and jobless people we aleady have in our country then and only then should we start importing them.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  123. jacoline key

    I vote no we have so many people over here who has lost their job and who is homeless senior who need help let my tax money go to the
    americans who is in need here .

    January 19, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  124. nathan

    Yes we should let every Haitian in Haiti in to the US permanently...Better yet, I think its a good idea to get them all on the government rolls...Why not? money is no object, right? In fact, we can just keep printing money if we run out anyway, right? Also, we can just keep taxing evil, greedy white middle class people like me, too, right. After all, we'll just take it in the ass forever, right Jack? I mean, it's probably our fault the earthquake happened anyway, right? That's what you and your ilk in the media believe anyhow, right Jack? ....Lord Jesus Christ help us all....

    January 19, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  125. nate goller

    Absolutsely not- if so every one in Mexico and latin american countries will be praying for a disasterous earthquake.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  126. James Parsons

    If they have somewhere to stay, then yes we should let them in. As Lady Liberty says:

    "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

    We haven't become a heartless country, have we?

    January 19, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  127. Steve

    No...Why can't they stay and make their country into a viable place to live. We do not need any more mouths to feed via us tax payers money. Don't come to my country with your customs that have made your country a sewer and expect me to put up with it in the name of humanity.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  128. Jim

    Cafferty,
    Yes, once we get health care costs under control. The housing market rebounds to 2005-06 levels. Zero people are in foreclosure. We pay off the national debt and have a surplus. We get to 0% unemployment rate. We figure out what to do with 12 million illegals in the country. We all have health insurance. Then we can consider refugee status for Haitians.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  129. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    Yes. Some should also be relocated to other neighboring islands until Haiti is ready to resume daily life. Someone needs to help these poor people.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  130. mike

    Yeah, that's a great idea. They can help fill all of those extra jobs lying around out there, and we can even help subsidize their daily life with the huge reserves of wealth we have in our treasury. Let em'all in.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  131. Floridian

    Absolutely not. We already have 500,000 haitians in Florida and they are a very difficult group to assimilate bringing in language problems, poverty, as well as above average health, law enforcement burdens with them. We are doing all we can to assist with their tragedy but we can not house all the world's unfortunates.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  132. Tbone

    Absolutely not! The US can't take care of the citizens they have here. There are hundreds of thousands of citizens already in the US that don't have medical insurance or decent living conditions. You are going to allow citizens from another country to move in and give them aid. You are sending the wrong picture to the country. Take care of your own before you take care of others.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  133. Frank519

    No. Once they get a foot hold here we will never be able to send them back. We cannot absorb any more immigrants. We can help them with supplies and medical assistance but no money (it would be stolen or misused) or no temporary immigration here.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  134. Michelle from Atlanta, Ga.

    Hi Jack,
    This is really a sensitive issue, but I would not be in favor of bending the rules. The reason that our country, its citizens and other countries are pledging hundreds of millions in dollars and material needs things for relief and infrastructure is to give them the resources to rebuild their shattered nation. This cannot happen if Haiti's citizens flee the country and go somewhere else (whether it be the Dominican Republic, the United States or wherever). As devistating an event both physically and emotionally as this has been for Haiti and for the World in general, the people of Haiti need to participate in the process of rebuilding so they can heal.
    Yours, Michelle, Atl. Ga.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  135. Shawn

    I believe that these displaced people deserve our support and if that means allowing them to immigrate into our country then, so be it. I'd hardly refer to them as refugee's Jack. That term seems to be used loosely when referring to people of color.....How about describing them as people seeking a better way of life.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  136. 2thdk

    It’s only a 2 hour flight to the south, we can provide a camp there in Haiti. If you send people here, they'll never want to leave. Let's help rebuild their country.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  137. Bob Justus

    It is sad that Haiti, the poorest nation in our hemisphere has suffered such a tragedy, but to allow a max exodus into our country would only compound our economic difficulties and offer the refugees little. How many have been so desperate that they willingly tried to sneak into our country in leaky, poorly constructed boats and died. If anyone could simply get in we would be flooded with hundreds of thousands, how many would have skills, know English, or be able to find work. How many are sick, have AIDS, or other diseases would come in and overload our health care system? We do not need to compound one disaster by making a new disaster by allowing all refugees from any nation into our country

    January 19, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  138. Jeff

    Thats not dealing with the issues. Haiti needs to deal ultimately with its socio, econ and political development. Welcoming a lot of Haitians burdens our economy and pushes down wages while helping Haiti relieve pressure to make the hard decisions and moves to development itself. Lets not make the country more dependent (on say remittances) than it is already !

    January 19, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  139. Elizabeth Miller

    Absolutely let Haitians come to the US or Canada as refugees. They are our neighbours not from across the Pacific or Atlantic ocean and they need assistance and more. We assist folks from countries who want to kill us, knock down our buildings. Lets help Haitians, they are people too, even if they don't want to kill us!!

    January 19, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  140. TR

    NO! There are plenty of other places for them to live as refugees that will not tolerate them overstaying thier welcome. If they come to the US (and many will blow off our laws and come anyway), they will never leave.

    We are not the worlds policemen nor are we the worlds innkeeper.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  141. Larry, Pelham, AL

    Why allow people to immigrate to this country when they cannot run there own? It would be just another ball on the chain dragging down America.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:50 pm |
  142. Victor Shelton

    Yes, it is simply the right thing to do. Read the inscription on the Statue of Liberty.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:50 pm |
  143. Chuck

    Absolutely NOT!

    The Haitians have been victimized by their own leaders, the Catholic Church and to a lesser extent, the UN. Their Leaders and the Catholic Church benefit from keeping the population illiterate, believing in “God will provide” and having more and more babies. It’s time for the UN to get tough with the Haitian leaders and take over the Government until generations of educated Haitians come of age that can take over the leadership role (20-30 years or so). In the meantime, the Catholic Church needs to pay reparations to the Haitian people by funding infrastructure, roads, hospitals, schools, and jobs.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:50 pm |
  144. Dianne Jefferson

    Haitians are a proud people. It is my opinion that they should not abandon their own country but instead should commit to serve; rebuild their infrastructure and maintain the rich heritage and culture that has been their legacy.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:50 pm |
  145. Trudy

    No Way! We have enuf troubles here already.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:50 pm |
  146. Victoria

    If we were ever to allow immigrants here for humanitarian reasons, this would be it. I would love to see our churches try to sponsor 5,000 refrugee families over the next 12 months just to make a "dent" in the problem of Haiti.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:50 pm |
  147. Herman from Chicago

    No, and I don't believe it was a gooddecision from the Obama Administration to allow the 100,000-200,000 Haitians already in this country ILLEGALLY to gain "protected status". Rewarding people for having broken the law isn't a good idea in ANY situation. I sympathize that Haiti was an underdeveloped country BEFORE the earthquake and even more so now, but we have immigration laws for a reason. They need to be enforced.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:50 pm |
  148. Steve

    Give Haitians all the aid they need to repair the terrible damage, but do not change the immigration status of Haiti. We cannot absorb mass immigration every time there is a catastrophic event in the world.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:50 pm |
  149. Common Sense

    Just No! Why don't haitians take the time, start from scratch and build their country right this time. Might be a once in a lifetime opportunity to fix that country.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
  150. Rob

    We have enough crime and poor already. We can't even take care of all of the people already here. Give them food, shelter, and assist with getting water facilities repaired and get out. We can't take care of the world. If we keep spending money we will be the third world with foreign aid agencies here helping us out in 20 years.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
  151. RCA

    I don't think the U.S. should let Haitians in as refugees. It would just open up the floodgates because Haiti was pathetic and corrupt before the quake. The people of Haiti need to take responsibility for their country and view this unfortunate event and subsequent aid as an opportunity to start over from scratch and rebuild their country with hard work and determination.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
  152. Bertel

    Not at all. The last thing we need is more uneducated, superstitious, and illiterate people with too many kids and health problems running around this country living off of tax payers. Send them to France.

    Prescott, Az

    January 19, 2010 at 6:52 pm |
  153. Terry

    Your questions begs another. Are we really a humanitarian Nation? based on fact that we have not already allowed refugees in our country pretty much answers the above.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:53 pm |
  154. Tracy

    Yes. We let everyone else come here as Refugees. Why not them? I don't see any other people on earth right now who needs refugee status worse than they do.
    Tracy
    Puyallup, WA

    January 19, 2010 at 6:53 pm |
  155. Elizabeth

    No the US should not bend the rules for this or any situation. I feel bad that this has happened to them, but we have enough problems in our country that we need to deal with first. If we let them in then more will ask for this. We are helping as much as we can but there has to be a limit here.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:53 pm |
  156. Jay

    Are you kidding me? Florida already has enough crime due to Little Haiti and Little Cuba. If you allow another 45-50 thousand to invade our country, the crime rate will skyrocket even further. It will be another huge drain on our welfare resources, which are already stretched too thin. The US needs to give the poorest Americans refugee status and take care of them.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:53 pm |
  157. Ryan from Palm Beach

    Let them in as refugees? Are you insane? We need to focus on our own citizens who pay taxes to support our own decaying infrastructure. A multi-trillion dollar US deficit should trump this exaggerated resurgence of American altruism.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:53 pm |
  158. Pete

    No. What would they be here? Dirt Poor, illiterate, and religious. They are better off in Haiti where at least everyone is dirt poor, illiterate and religious. Let them emigrate through normal channels and that is it.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:53 pm |
  159. Adam A. from Bellevue, Nebraska

    Jack-

    There are over 9 Million people in Haiti...our country cannot afford the logistics and infrastructure to allow the large percentage of that population that would want in as refugees. I do think that in certain circumstances, though, we should definitely allow Haitian refugees. This would include the orphans whose buildings had collapsed, children made orphans by the earthquake, and people with relatives already in the United States. Other than that, we should encourage the rest of the Haitian population to rebuild their country to the best of their abilities and help them accomplish this through aid packages. We are a generous country...but we must be intelligent with our generosity.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:54 pm |
  160. Joe CE

    Only temporarily until the disaser is cleared.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:54 pm |
  161. Mark

    Tampa, FL

    If they do allow Haitians in for humanitarian reasons, they should be distributed across the U.S., not letting the burden fall on Florida alone. Unemployment is between 11-12% here and our local governments are already "taxed".

    January 19, 2010 at 6:54 pm |
  162. Janice Leadville, Co

    No I don't think we should allow them in as refugees. We probably should help them to rebuild their country, sho they may stay there. Most people want to stay in their own country.
    We don't have enough jobs for everyone living here now. It would only make things worse. They would end up on public assistance. A no win situation.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:55 pm |
  163. Warren G.

    Yes, definitely! What if the shoes were on the other foot and something of that magnitude hit the U.S. would'nt you want to allowed to enter into another country that would be hospitable?

    January 19, 2010 at 6:55 pm |
  164. Susy Quick

    No Way should the US bend immigration rules! US has enough to take care of. Send them to the dominican republic.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:55 pm |
  165. sbtim

    Please, no, it's a sad situation, but you can't just dump people who have never lived in a civilized country into the U.S. and expect it to end well. Because it wont.

    You KNOW they're just going to end up in jail, or if not, leeching off of our tax money.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:55 pm |
  166. Abdulaziz

    Past foreign interests (including U.S. corporate interests) played a significant role in undermining Haiti's institutions that led to widespread corruption and poverty. The most important thing (besides the relief work) that the U.S. can do for Haiti is help Haitians to build strong democracy. Democratic, stable and efficient institutions will then ensure prosperity in Haiti. We will then see Haitians in the U.S. as tourists (who spend their money and help the U.S. economy) in stead of poor laborers looking for low-paying jobs.

    Cambridge, MA.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:55 pm |
  167. misanthropicus

    Definitely not. Great is there misery, yet great is also the help and assistance that comes from the US and elsewhere in Haiti – that's the correct answer to a natural cataclysm. But the US cannot pick up the tab for anything a happening anywhere. Haitians are miserable, but we shoudn't forget that vast majority of them won't make it in the US, only burdening social services and police forces. Nope –

    January 19, 2010 at 6:55 pm |
  168. William Stark

    Absolutely not! The days when the U.S. could afford the luxury of such liberal immigration practices are OVER. Even at the height of European immigration at the turn of the 20th century, the very sick and unfit were turned away. In today's America – with our bloated, entitlement-based, socialist-leaning government delivering unprecedented handouts left and right – basic economic realities dictate that we be SELECTIVE in who we allow into our country, just as every other civilized nation on Earth has been for decades already.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:56 pm |
  169. Kendy Murphy

    Yes if nothing else for the children. There are many people like myself who would be willing to take in an orphan. I don't have much by our country's standards but compared to Haiti I can provide a mansion. Clear the red tape and let the children come.

    Delaware, Ohio

    January 19, 2010 at 6:56 pm |
  170. Robert

    Absolutely not, we cannot be responsible for the entire world.
    We already have approximately 12 million illegals from mexico
    that we the tax payers are paying for. Enough is enough, other
    countries have to be responsible for their own people no matter
    what the situation is. It's time to start deporting!

    January 19, 2010 at 6:56 pm |
  171. RoRo

    The word is EVACUEE not REFUGEE. These are Haitians not Afghanis. The Haitians have always let foreigners into their country to take refuge from stress and problems. Americas history and that of the Haitions have been intertwined for over 200 years, they fought against the British, Spaniards and the French like we did. Out military has been in and out of that country more often than any other caribbean country. Its not far fetched that Haitians could be evacuee here in America.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:56 pm |
  172. Nickens Tanis

    Of course why not? I bet if they were Cubans, they would welcome and allow them to stay to start a new life.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:56 pm |
  173. J. S.

    No–If they are to become American citizens they should do it thru the Naturalization process

    Our economy is terrible right now .......

    January 19, 2010 at 6:56 pm |
  174. David New Braunfels, TX

    That would be the christian thing to do.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:57 pm |
  175. Richard Johnson

    No, we cannot feed, house or employ the people already in this country.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:57 pm |
  176. Steve in Ohio

    Only if you're going to pay for them John. I'm being taxed more then enough as it is.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:57 pm |
  177. Scott Stodden

    Yes because the Haitians are a torn nation and alot of these people need food, water, medicine and treatment of injuries. The United States is not and never has been a nation to turn against people in a time of dire need. Let these people come to our country as many as possible to get treatment and aid.

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    January 19, 2010 at 6:57 pm |
  178. Dave NJ

    Absolutely NOT. The US is not the world police and we are not the worlds insurance or welfare plan either. I'm sick of the US taxpayer being expected to bail out the rest of the world of all their troubles. There are dozens if not hundreds of countries around the world that have people suffering in them, we can not take them all. If the private sector wants to aid other countries that's up to them, but the government needs to worry about the American taxpayers they are supposed to be representing. The government has nothing to give, it is trillions in debt and we have 10% unemployment. Giving amnesty to the illegal aliens was wrong. People should not be rewarded for breaking our laws just because their own country is a mess.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:58 pm |
  179. Veaney Arteaga

    Santiago, Dominican Rep.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:58 pm |
  180. tina

    The United States can not be the safehaven for Haiti because this would just open the flood doors for every other person living in horrible conditions. This is the problem with the U.S., we always feel like we need to be the care givers to all other nations/people in the world but within the United States we can't help the unemployeed, the homeless, the sick & the children living on the streets...how does that work? Then we have to listen to other nations talk badly about the U.S...well maybe we should just give everyone a taste of what it would be like without the U.S. getting involved in everyone's business & then maybe, just maybe we can focus on some of the mayor problems that we have at home!!!

    January 19, 2010 at 6:59 pm |
  181. Jay

    NO.

    January 19, 2010 at 6:59 pm |
  182. ck

    Absolutely NOT!! We don't need any more to take care of: house, feed, educate, etc. It is much cheaper to give them money to stay home & rebuild.

    January 19, 2010 at 7:00 pm |
  183. Matt, San Diego, CA

    Jack,

    We should only let Haitians become refugees if we treat Mexican citizens the same. Would we do the same for Mexico if their country was leveled? We're not allowing them to escape the violent drug wars in Mexico and come to the US. Whats the difference really?

    -Matt, San Diego, CA

    January 19, 2010 at 7:00 pm |
  184. Jason

    NO, we have enough problems here already.

    January 19, 2010 at 7:00 pm |
  185. Bruce Berends

    Immigration to US??? Absolutely not! We have our own financial problems that is going to take years before a comeback. Haiti had it bad before earthquake. The US has spent millions and millions of aid to that country over the last hundred years, and everytime the US leaves after building their infrastructure, Haitians turn it back to a mess. Its futile. They are not our children, let France have a go this time. They started this mess!

    January 19, 2010 at 7:01 pm |
  186. Santa

    The U.S should definitly let Haitians into the country in the event that they have family that can house and aid them. I think the U.S. is forgetting that although us haitians are very grateful for all the help we are receiving, we are the only carribean Island that assisted in the American Revolution, helping America itself gain its own independence from the British.

    I definitly think that this should definitly be a huge consideration for the white house.

    January 19, 2010 at 7:01 pm |
  187. Thomas Doochin(Nashville)

    I am 15 years old. I know a decent amount about politics but this question should not be asked. I understand the issues with homeland security but when a nation chooses to involve themselves with foreign affairs and claim to be a superpower, you have to step up in situation likes these. There are solutions for this and different things that can be set up.

    January 19, 2010 at 7:01 pm |
  188. Mary Steele Yorktown VA

    Absolutely not. We cannot absorb any more foreigners. Our country and states are in financial distress and we already have massive unemployment thanks to gutless Democrats that refuse to crack down on illegals' employers so at least 7 Million of our unemployed could return to work!

    Mary
    Yorktown VA

    January 19, 2010 at 7:01 pm |
  189. Becky

    We need to help people in their own countries. I fear what would happen to the US if we take in all the poor peoples of this world. The ironic result, I fear, would be that we would become a Third World country ourself, unable to help others. That wouldn't be good for anyone.

    January 19, 2010 at 7:01 pm |
  190. Ron

    No, we should not allow a mass flood of Haitians into our country and onto are tax bills state and federal. This countries states as well as the federal government check books are empty, we're broke. American citizens are constantly asked (I mean forced) to sacrifice our culture, standard of living, as well as are social tax payer funded structure for the sake of non-citizen foreigners. Empathy shouldn't be a suicide pact. Enough is enough!

    -So. Cal – Broke and on the brink of state wide foreclosure

    January 19, 2010 at 7:02 pm |
  191. williams

    Yes i think it is a moral thing for the America to allow the Haitians into America, that why God created country apart, so that if there is war, hunger or famine in another, they can turn to another for help. When America invaded Iraq, where did the iraqi refugees went. Is it not to other neighbouring country, think about what will have happen, how many that could have die if not that they went to other countries and they were accepted. America should accept and give shelter to any Haitians that enter into u.s

    January 19, 2010 at 7:02 pm |
  192. Tack Cooke

    Bring them to the US for what? Does this mean that everytime we have a disaster we bring the victims to this country? If this country doesn't get their head out, we will end up like the poverty ridden Haitians. Take care of them in their country and let them build their country up to better than what it was before the quake...

    January 19, 2010 at 7:02 pm |
  193. James Cunningham

    No, at some point we are all going to be paying for their healthcare and every other social program that is available. I understand helping them out, but bringing them to the U.S. does nothing but add to the fact that my taxes are already paying for the thousands of others who are here illegally and getting a free ride. I believe in helping an individual out, but do it in there on country. What would they all do once they got here. We aready have a high unemployment rate as it is.

    January 19, 2010 at 7:02 pm |
  194. pete

    Absolutely not. People who live in a country determine how well it does. Haiti was a disaster before the earthquake, why would we want to import people who ruined their own country into ours?

    Also, we have a 17% unemployment rate, which is even higher among unskilled. Do we need more unemployed people pouring into the country?

    January 19, 2010 at 7:02 pm |
  195. Brandi Aragon

    If the situation were reversed and this happened in America, we were left without basic necessities, food, water, shelter, our children were dying and things were going to get worse would we relly on our neighbors to help shelter us and feed our children, yes we would....to me this is not a question of should we , but a question of how can we make this happen before more people die.

    Surprise, Arizona

    January 19, 2010 at 7:02 pm |
  196. sharla

    At a time when the most talented and hardworking americans can't even get a job scrubbing toilets my answer is NO. Send the Amrerican unemployed construction workers and nurses and teachers to Haiti and pay them a salary that they will send back to the US for support for their famililes and let them rebuild and renew Haiti. Let's stop lining the pocket's of corrupt govenments including ours a put the money in the pocket's of the american people and the Haitians.

    January 19, 2010 at 7:03 pm |
  197. Forrest

    No, no, a hundred times no. As a resident of Miami, I have seen first hand the kind of crime and problems large numbers of illegal Haitians causes. Our city is abysmal enough as it is.

    But my own cold-heartedness aside, today several hundred illegal Haitians gathered here in Miami to discuss various terms of this temporary protection status with a lawyer in a large conference. The types of questions/comments that arose? Haitians wanted to know how likely it was that their status would get extended at the end of the 18 months. They wanted to know if they could bring extended family from Haiti to benefit as well. They wanted to know if they could get financial aid for schooling and even for paying the TPS application fee.

    One girl who has by her own admission been here illegaly for 17 years said she was going to use her protected status to "see the world" rather than work and send money back to her ravaged country that she obviously has no care for.

    Bottom line, the Haitians whom we have opened our hearts and our country to wanted to know first and foremost how they could game the system. It makes me sick. Add to that the approx. 200,000 work permits we will now be giving to illegals when there is far greater number than that in legitimate Americans who have been struggling for work for a year or more. Send these greedy people home where maybe they can actually help in making their country a place they would actually want to live.

    January 19, 2010 at 7:03 pm |
  198. pam

    Absolutely not...the people of Haiti need to come together on their own, where is their government, their President???? Ok, yes, they have is extremely difficult but they need to become a stronger and a more united people from this disaster. We just send US$100 million to them...we sure could use that kind of money at home for our probs.

    January 19, 2010 at 7:04 pm |
  199. Urk Spleen

    Of course! Haitians are humans, just like anyone else, and no human deserves to live in the disastrous situation they are stuck in now. As the United States, we parade ourselves as leaders of the free world, but when it comes to really being able to make a difference, we won't allow Haitians into the country. These people are suffering in a corrupt government with extreme difficulty getting supplies, while we sit in our respective houses simply reading up on the situation online.

    If this were an issue with, say, another country instead of the US who was facing a rush of immigrants fleeing a crisis, then we would chastise anyone denying them entry–not so much when its our money on the line.

    New Haven, CT

    January 19, 2010 at 7:04 pm |
  200. Kim in Dodge City, KS

    They should not be let in just because of a natural disaster. The world needs to learn that just because a natural disaster hits your country, it doesn't give you access to our country. There seems to be a misguided mindset around the world that the United States is the answer to all their problems. It is not.

    January 19, 2010 at 7:04 pm |
  201. Brandi Aragon

    If the situation were reversed and this happened in America, we were left without basic necessities, food, water, shelter, our children were dying and things were going to get worse would we rely on our neighbors to help shelter us and feed our children, yes we would....to me this is not a question of should we , but a question of how can we make this happen before more people die.

    Surprise, Arizona

    January 19, 2010 at 7:04 pm |
  202. Andre

    Absolutely. Giving Haitians refugee status would help establish America as a moral authority in the Caribbean and around the world. Being viewed as a compassionate, helpful neighbor is good for our national security and could be useful in trade negotiations.

    Haiti will eventually emerge as a more stable, more prosperous state. When it does, Hatians will remember how much America helped in this catastrophe.

    January 19, 2010 at 7:06 pm |
  203. big mike

    let them in by all means, they could live in all empty foreclosed homes in this country.

    January 19, 2010 at 7:06 pm |
  204. Diane

    Yes. If we can spend hundreds of millions bailing out banks, et al. who made questionable investments, we can help these people who through no fault of their own find themselves with absolutely nothing.

    January 19, 2010 at 7:11 pm |
  205. Nick

    I'm torn... but will say No for a very simple reason. If the US won't have enough decency to grant hard-working, law abiding immigrants who have come to the US from Mexico in search of a better life, it would be hypocritical for the US to grant Haitian refugees asylum, although I do feel it is deserved.

    January 19, 2010 at 7:13 pm |
  206. JoAnn

    Yes. Definitely. Why not? Everyone else can come into this country so why not the Haitians???? Is it because they are not the right color?? Yes, I said it!!!

    January 19, 2010 at 7:13 pm |
  207. john houston

    no,haiti is >90 % catholic.where is the catholic church.they are responsible for uncontrolled reproduction.let them take responsibility for this mess that they have partially created thru their irresponsible birthcontrol doctrin,Where is France,didnt this used to be a French colony??.Why does the US have to take the lead?Where are other world players such as China and Russia.Again the US taxpayer will be on the hook.Maybe we should just make Haiti a 51st state and give unlimited welfare,food stamps and section 8 housing allowance??We have dumped billion sof direct foreign aid into this rat hole to no avail.Stop trying to cure the world's.

    January 19, 2010 at 7:13 pm |
  208. David

    I bet if this happened to a country of "European" people we would open our borders without hesitation. The fact is that people of color around the world are just not welcome in America. The darker you are, the smaller your chances of legaly getting in.

    January 19, 2010 at 7:14 pm |
  209. Philip

    Seems like it would be easier for them to go to Jamaica or Puerto Rico, which are essentially right around the corner. The US does not run an international hotel. If they were brought in, what would they do? In an economy like this with limited jobs, the last thing we need to do is add to the number of people for whom we're footing the bill. As another commenter pointed out, once they're here with the government's blessing, good luck getting them back to Haiti.

    January 19, 2010 at 7:14 pm |
  210. david--surprise, az

    No. We couldn't even take care of our own as was evidenced by the Katrina catastrophe. The US should provide reasonable humanitarian aid, but under no circumstances take in millions of people.

    January 19, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
  211. Laurie

    NO, we should not let them in. I know that things are serious over there, but we are not the only country with resources. We are already stretched enough trying to take care of our own, and a war. We already have troops over there, we have pledge money to help them rebuild. We can't be a place for them to come. I have no problem going to help them rebuild or donating money. If we say yes where will they sleep, how will the eat, where will they work. These a just a few things to think about. I say help them rebuild.

    January 19, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
  212. Tim

    I think the good taxpayers and employers of this country are already paying enough to pay for those that have no insurance and pay no taxes, but use our resources (hospitals, housing, etc). We have a 10% unemployment rate – citizens that are at risk of or have lost their homes and insurance. The United States is not the World's Welfare Program. We haven't even recovered from Katrina. I already pay enough for taxes and insurance. There's a better plan – the country of Haiti should cease to exist and become a territory of the Dominican Republic. The DR increases its tax base in the long term in exchange for support and rebuilding in the short term. Problem solved. Let's face it, there's NO way Haiti will ever recover from this. Simply providing food and water to its citizens is impossible. How do they ever expect to rebuild?

    January 19, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
  213. sd-mike

    Yeah and send them all to Chicago!! Seriously, NO!!

    January 19, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
  214. Annette McDonald

    Shouldn't we help those who are still suffering from the New Orleans debacle before we offer aid to anyone?

    How about a telethon for New Orleans, and for the children in the USA who go to bed hungry every night? Let all the countries who hate us step in and carry the load.

    Annette McDonald, Montana

    January 19, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  215. TheBigPicture

    The Haitians should not be allowed on US soil...Haiti is basically a lawless criminal nation and the people of Haiti have nothing to offer the US...They should be relocated to Freetown by the US Navy...

    The US should confiscate the island as payment of our relief effort and sell it to investors to convert into a vacation island for Americans...That would be best for everyone...

    January 19, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  216. Joseph

    What happened to "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free."? It isn't as though we don't have room.

    January 19, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  217. Bob

    Jack,

    The answer is No. Everytime a caribbean catastrophe occurs we do not let the the hundreds of thousands or millions into this country as refugees.
    That is absolutely absurd.

    What these people need is jobs. They definitely do not need to be on the public dole. If you ask, if I believe in helping them build an economic future like we did in South Korea after the Korea war, the answer is yes. It will be much harder but doable.

    It has been proven time and again, that you do not get people out of a poverty by totally subsidizing their life. Instead of doing the wrong thing, lets do the right thing. Look at the tent cities in Pakistan for the Afghans and all over the world. Yes, this is necessary in the short term but not the long term.

    Didn't you hear former President Bill Clinton talk to the specifics that were being implemented in Haiti before the disaster. Continue in that direction

    January 19, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  218. Shaw

    Yes, and stop referring to them "refugees." They are victims of a horrendous natural disaster. Some of these posters here really need to find room for some compassion in their minds full of hatred and racism.

    January 19, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  219. Baal

    No way. One only has to look at the Haitian Street gangs in New York and Florida to get a clue what would happen if we did...

    January 19, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  220. renee

    No...they will be living in paradise after America rebuilds Haiti.
    renee, new york

    January 19, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  221. Silvia

    I'm TIRED of some folks generalizing and saying that "Mexicans" or "Latin Americans" are leeches and what not. Stop generalizing. Puerto Rico, is a jurisdiction of the US but it's "Latin American." Also, not all Mexicans came here illegally. My family has been here for generations and still treated like crap despite the fact my ancestors entered legally. They've contributed more to society (and yes, we all assimilated to society while celebrating our own customs and traditions with family and friends only) than most folks here ever will. Don't forget that a number of our marines fighting over-seas are Mexican-American so PLEASE, PLEASE stop generalizing. Yes, a number of "illegals" come from Mexico because it's in prosimity to the U.S. and because of poverty levels but get your termilogy straight before you start accusing every dark-haired, Latin American of draining resources that we've helped built. Steer your hatred towards corporate, greedy bastards such as those who caused the demise of Enron, Tyco, Arthur Anderson, etc. Enough with the hatred already! We're all human, made by the same creator, we'll all rot the same when we die, and WE ARE ALL SUBJECT TO SOME CATASTROPHE AND WE MAY BE THE NEEDY ONES ONE DAY. Look at New Orleans. Where do most of them stand today?

    January 19, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  222. Ben

    I think we should definately let a large portion of the Haitians who were displaced come to the US. I live in Utah and would be more than willing to open my home to them for a few months while things are being rebuilt. I believe thousands of other homes would do the same thing. Why not give shelter to those who need it while a better home is being built for them in their home country?

    January 19, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  223. Nita

    Yes. Yes, because it will be a long time before total relief comes to Haiti. Why not allow these people who have suffered so much a little hope with a better place to live? Why should they be forced to sleep in the streets and in fields when they could come here?

    January 19, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  224. David in Raleigh, NC

    Illegal immigrants from any country should not be allowed into the United States.

    If we allow immigrants from Haiti, we increase the welfare rolls increasing the taxes for all American citizens except for those from Nebraska.

    January 19, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  225. joejoe

    My heart goes to my fellow brothers and sisters in Haiti. However, as dire the situation is in Haiti, it would be a complete devastation if the U.S. allowed refugees into the country. Haiti needs to be rebuilt... simple as that. As long as there's no type of structure(political/governmental), people from Haiti will continue to strive on being dependent. Our job isn't only to come into a country during severe crisis, but it is to equip other countries with resourceful info so that it could be beneficial to their people. Because of countries living under this individualistic persona, everyone becomes unsatisfied in the long run. Unity amongst nations is key. But allowing Haitians into America will only benefit/stress the U.S. resources. How is allowing refugees going to help rebuild Haiti? I agree with the strict policy of keeping Haitians in Haiti, but what do we plan to do to help rebuild Haiti. We tend to want rewards with the gift of giving. Let's do something to actually put Haiti back on the globe. Until then, Haiti will always be anything but what it once was.

    January 19, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  226. Ritam

    of course we can bail out ceo's and bankers but not poor people starving to death. we are a nation of GREED

    January 19, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  227. Helen Armendariz

    My anwser is no! We have thousands of our own people here in the
    United States hurting already because of the economy and we have no benefits. What burns me is that we have plenty of foreigners who already here receiving welfare and refugee benefits that we the
    american people are already paying for with money we don't have for
    ourselves or our own families. I live in Los Angeles and we have alot
    of foreigners with a Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive addresses that are already on welfare, medicare and medical and free money. I was unemployed for 3 years with no unemployement benefits and I went to ask for food stamps at least and I was turned down and the worker next to me was giving $100 bills to a person who didn't speak any english. I'm fedd up, let someone else help them for once, I feel bad for them, but that's it.

    January 19, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  228. David

    Definitely NOT!

    Importing homeless, unemployed and unemployable would be insane. We are in crisis with no end in site.

    David in GA

    January 19, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  229. Herb

    No No No – we don't have enough jobs for our own people. We need to slow immigration down – way down – Close the Gates Obama! Enough is enough. We are not the caretakers of the world!

    January 19, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  230. Brian

    Jack,

    The West African country of Senegal is already offered Haitian refugees free land and citizenship. Why not send them there?

    January 19, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  231. A. Smith, Oregon

    Absolutely Jack, let as many Haitians immigrate to America as is humanly possible. Haitians are far less apt to convert to the Muslim religion and are among the Hispanics as able and hard working people building a better America.

    January 19, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  232. nigel

    yes jack of course,
    the canadian PM harper relaxed the immigration law 2 days after the quake.

    January 19, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  233. jean

    Everybody's worrrying about some Haitians coming here. There are millions of illegal mexicans that just come in and walk across our border whenever they feel like it. Oh I forgot – the Haitians are black. It's such a double standard.

    January 19, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  234. mike guillaume

    no cause if they let its this country would become something else

    January 19, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  235. Mable

    I feel for the Haitian people but NO we should not allow them to come to the US. We already have an illegal immigration problem. Our economy is already in ruins. We have to be practical and realistic!

    January 19, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  236. Anand Gandhi

    Jack, sure just what we need, another 10 million welfare people. Heck, we should already have a deed to the country for the $100M of our taxpayer dollars we have already committed, and you can bet that Obama isn't done at that level. It will be much closer to $1B before this is all done. Just leave them there in Haiti, they'll get their country rebuilt for free, and we'll support them via billions of dollars in foreign aid for years to come, and they'll be way better off then they were before the quake. It's the American way!

    January 19, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  237. Miki

    Yes! Haitian refugees should be let into the United States. America is forged on the basis of freedom and liberty for ALL! As the Leader of the Free World, It is our responsiblity to help in the Humanitarian effort of supporting these people and any others who are unfortunate in such catastrophic disasters. The Haitian people do not have a viable country that will sustain the bare necessities of life. They will simply perish without international support.

    January 19, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  238. Sue From Idaho

    No, we should help the regroup there, anything would be better than what they had and they are used to it there. From what I gather family means everything to them.

    January 19, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  239. Nett

    We all should help – but US doing it all – No way!!! We are not able to do what is needed here in our own countries. Look at the borders. But we must join forces with other Countries and help these people.

    January 19, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  240. Trizzle

    I say we should consider allowing some to find some relief here in America. We all for the most part were refugees of some sort at one point in time. As someone who lived in Gtmo, Cuba for many years as a young teen I saw thousands of Cubans get a chance at life while many Haitians were sent back to poverty, AIDS and just plain bad luck. I truly believe America should open it's doors and hearts to everyone...not just those that have something we want. Let's show our true colors and lend a hand and our land to them...

    January 19, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  241. Dominick

    We couldn't handle the evacuation of refugees from our own country after Katrina, how would would a much more massive influx of foreign refugees be done any better?

    And where will the money come from? We have a 10% unemployment rate. What will these people do when they get here?

    We can't seem to deal with the massive illegal immigrant crisis in this country. How would we get these people out after their stay has worn out its welcome?

    January 19, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  242. David Martin

    No way. Too many americans here need help. Sorry but Americans come first in America. Point blank

    January 19, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  243. Andrew

    A lot of these comments are ridiculous. "Why can't the US take care of their own first, things are so bad in our country, I can barely take care of my own family"....blah blah blah. The majority of Americans who are in bad financial situations are there due to their own financial irresponsibility (not saving, having no contingency plan in case of layoffs, carrying too much debt, etc.). To compare the effects of a recession in this country to a humanitarian crisis in a developing country is sick and wrong. So we have a 10% unemployment rate in the US, and some people have lost their homes (due to overmortgaging and layoffs, not earthquakes)-this is hardly comparable to hundreds of thousands dead while others suffer and die due to easily treatable infections and diseases, lack of basic sanitation, and thirst. I certainly hope every person who thinks we should not allow refugee status to Haitians who were victims of this natural disaster can get out of their cushy bed every morning and look at him or herself in the mirror. I think there's probably a direct correlation between these folks who don't want to allow refugees into our country and the right wing- all those "Christian" 'values voters' showing their true colors. To use a cliche, WWJD?

    January 19, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  244. lynne j.

    Since the history of the island country states that both the French and the United States played a part in its inability to really become a strong country, both countries should share the burden of building that country back up to par and helping those left homeless.

    The French for getting rich off the nation and the United States because of its indifference because the then government was one run by slaves.

    No wonder this country has trouble, they never learn from their past.

    January 19, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  245. Thomas in Indianapolis

    Sure Jack. Let's send them to your neighborhood. Seriously, looking at some of these comments. Do you really believe you can help these people by bringing them to the land of the Big Mac?

    NO. Help them rebuild their nation, give them whatever they need to not only survive but prosper.

    January 19, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  246. alex

    Yes, let them in! Let the whole world move to America, why not? We can just put them on lifetime welfare, food stamps, free school, free clothes, free college, a guaranteed job at the Fema Camps, while wearing "Avatar" movie T-shirts and blue UN Helmets. We can just have Bernanke and the gang keep printing endless dollars from their magic printing press and solve all the worlds problems with our monopoly money! Can´t anybody besides me see that THE AGENDA is NEVER GOING TO CHANGE, no matter if you vote for Republicans or Democrats? Your leaders are all pawns in a game to turn the world into a global communist regime with all of YOU as slaves! Oh, they won´t call it Communism – they´ll call it "democracy" and "freedom", but a slave to THEIR AGENDA you will stay and ONLY A VIOLENT REVOLUTION IS GOING TO CHANGE THAT!

    January 19, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  247. P Ingram

    No, they should not be let in American as refugees. We cannot take all the people of the world, regardless of the reason. Haiti can only succeed if its own people remain and change the country for the better, not escape to the nearest "free lunch."

    January 19, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  248. Robert in Tulsa

    Haitians wanting to come to the US should simply travel via Mexico. From there, they can cross our border with impunity.

    January 19, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  249. Joe

    Let the government deal with the Mexican refugee problem before dealing with the Haitian refugee problem.

    January 19, 2010 at 7:21 pm |