Americans Jailed in Haiti Plead for Help From U.S.

The 10 Americans detained in Port-au-Prince on child trafficking charges are pleading for the United States government to do more on their behalf and for the news media to focus on them less. Full Story

Since: Feb 07

Los Banos, CA

#1 Feb 9, 2010
We have some Marines there, why doesn't their commander just go get them?

Send the bill to the Haitian 'officials,' give us more leverage over their untouched oil reserves.
DDZ

Atlanta, GA

#2 Feb 9, 2010
They won't get any help from me. I believe they went down there with the express interest of bringing undocumented children back to the U.S. Instead of going to Haiti to help the people, this church group thought they could break the law and God would protect them. They thought they could take advantage of a situation and the desperation of the children's parents in order to make themselves look like religious heroes.

Let them sit in Haiti for a very long time. Next time they want to help maybe they'll go about it the right way. When they get back to the US they might want to consider finding homes for the half million American children living in foster care.
manofstone

Cottonwood, AZ

#3 Feb 9, 2010
DDZ wrote:
They won't get any help from me. I believe they went down there with the express interest of bringing undocumented children back to the U.S. Instead of going to Haiti to help the people, this church group thought they could break the law and God would protect them. They thought they could take advantage of a situation and the desperation of the children's parents in order to make themselves look like religious heroes.
Let them sit in Haiti for a very long time. Next time they want to help maybe they'll go about it the right way. When they get back to the US they might want to consider finding homes for the half million American children living in foster care.
Obviously you do not know any of those who are being held. Two are 18 year old high school students who wanted to make a difference in a difficult situation. One is a pastor of a small church in Idaho who has been especially effective in assisting the homeless and helpless in his own community. They spent their own funds to make the trip to Haiti, with one reason for going: to help those in desperate need. Did they make mistakes? Yes. Were those mistakes intended to bring harm to others? No! I'm certain that you are an activist in providing shelter and assistance to foster children in your community. If you are not, then you are a hypocrite!
just candid

AOL

#4 Feb 10, 2010
Simple minded do-gooders, *uck it up every time. We have enough problems here in the US without bringing more into the country.
hey

Las Vegas, NV

#5 Feb 10, 2010
So where has social security gone? US Citizenship and Immigration services?
hey

Las Vegas, NV

#6 Feb 10, 2010
Those who have no social security #?
hey

Las Vegas, NV

#7 Feb 10, 2010
Battered by the system....

Since: Nov 08

Cologne- Germany

#8 Feb 10, 2010
As a die hard ATHIEST born in india i had spent 200 euro for this CHRISTIAN country which has the unnatural but natural disaster.

I keep my critical eyes about this sad, bad, dismal life of those innocent CHRISTIANS

Since: Feb 07

Modesto, CA

#9 Feb 10, 2010
Ramafuchs wrote:
As a die hard ATHIEST born in india i had spent 200 euro for this CHRISTIAN country which has the unnatural but natural disaster.
I keep my critical eyes about this sad, bad, dismal life of those innocent CHRISTIANS
Please rephrase this. I don't get what you're saying.

“~Tutto E Possibile~ ”

Since: Sep 09

Harlan, KY

#10 Feb 10, 2010
Even if they did have good intentions, it was still a disaster in the making,not to mention that it is just wrong. You just do not go into another country and smuggle children out! There is no way to justify this. No matter their intent, they should have went thru the proper channels or set up camp in Haiti to render aid to these children. Stunts like this are exactly why people dislike Christians so intensely today. You cannot act like you are a law unto yourself, claim you are doing the Lord's work while breaking multiple laws and not expect some fallout. They did the crime, now they must pay the price. They should have been prepared for this. I really don't have much compassion for these people. Christians get a bad enough rap without their own helping to make it worse. It was a silly thing to do, good intentions or not.
Addidis

Melrose Park, IL

#11 Feb 10, 2010
If they are not released I say we pull 100 % of the aid thats being sent. I personally am absolutely outraged at haiti for this. I feel a proportionate reaction by our government is needed. Jail people who did try to help, then no more help. The media has to cover this so more americans can see how our good will is received and perhaps we will stop trying to save the world and save our selfs. Why are more americans not outraged by this. Release them to the american government to take back to america if u dont want our help.

“Can't we all get along”

Since: Feb 08

Laurel

#12 Feb 10, 2010
When in a foreign country you are subject to their laws, all the USA can do is provide a list of lawyers and make sure the prisoners are being fed, housed, clothed and not beaten.
Imagine if some well intentioned French folks came to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina to "save" some of the more disadvantaged kids. That would have gone over like a loud fart in church.
Life is about choices and it seems these folks made a bad one. In my opinion the USA should not waste one iota of it's waning muscle to help these folks. Let them be a lesson to other child traffickers.

“~Tutto E Possibile~ ”

Since: Sep 09

Harlan, KY

#13 Feb 11, 2010
Addidis wrote:
If they are not released I say we pull 100 % of the aid thats being sent. I personally am absolutely outraged at haiti for this. I feel a proportionate reaction by our government is needed. Jail people who did try to help, then no more help. The media has to cover this so more americans can see how our good will is received and perhaps we will stop trying to save the world and save our selfs. Why are more americans not outraged by this. Release them to the american government to take back to america if u dont want our help.
We should stop all aid because they don't want their children taken out of their homeland without permission? Even if the parent's of those children are deceased, and who knows right now if all of them are, then those kids still could have aunts, uncles, grandparents etc looking for them. How would you like it if after some huge disaster here in the US, someone took your grandkids, neice or nephew and left the country with them? How would you ever know? What they did was wrong!

Since: Nov 08

Cologne- Germany

#14 Feb 11, 2010
One should have a language of decency.
My language is a language of human heart and imperfect .

“Sweetromance's News ”

Since: May 09

Dayton Oh

#15 Feb 11, 2010
SmilingWithDisgust wrote:
When in a foreign country you are subject to their laws, all the USA can do is provide a list of lawyers and make sure the prisoners are being fed, housed, clothed and not beaten.
Imagine if some well intentioned French folks came to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina to "save" some of the more disadvantaged kids. That would have gone over like a loud fart in church.
Life is about choices and it seems these folks made a bad one. In my opinion the USA should not waste one iota of it's waning muscle to help these folks. Let them be a lesson to other child traffickers.
You have errored my dear, the real lessons are if you are well intentioned, mind your own business. Let somebody else do it.
and the ever popular don't get involved. But there is also another even more important lesson to be learned. Once you leave this country your United States Citizenship becomes worthless. You leave your citizenship at the boarder.

The Haitian judge who ordered their release would seem to disagree with you.

“Can't we all get along”

Since: Feb 08

Laurel

#16 Feb 12, 2010
Been working with U.S. Consular Sections for 11 years, been there done that, seen the USA citizens learning their citizenship is not a getout of jail free card all over the world. Citizenship is definitely not worthless though, it is gold. Americans either get treated better or worse than other countries citizens depending on how the U.S. is perceived at the time. If you've traveled enough then you will know this.
Well intentioned is good, but follow the rules. Of course the Haitian parents are going to say they agreed to the adoption cause when that child turns 18 those kids can legally apply to ICE so that their parents can immigrate here. The judge will also do what is needed to do to cull favor with either the U.S. government or the families of the abductors. He is trying to get U.S. citizenship as well. Nope the fact that these folks walked leaves me Smiling With Disgust. It's just gonna incite more folks to steal Haiti's children.
sweetromance2 wrote:
<quoted text>
You have errored my dear, the real lessons are if you are well intentioned, mind your own business. Let somebody else do it.
and the ever popular don't get involved. But there is also another even more important lesson to be learned. Once you leave this country your United States Citizenship becomes worthless. You leave your citizenship at the boarder.
The Haitian judge who ordered their release would seem to disagree with you.
JJJ

Wetumpka, AL

#17 Feb 18, 2010
manofstone wrote:
<quoted text> Obviously you do not know any of those who are being held. Two are 18 year old high school students who wanted to make a difference in a difficult situation. One is a pastor of a small church in Idaho who has been especially effective in assisting the homeless and helpless in his own community. They spent their own funds to make the trip to Haiti, with one reason for going: to help those in desperate need. Did they make mistakes? Yes. Were those mistakes intended to bring harm to others? No! I'm certain that you are an activist in providing shelter and assistance to foster children in your community. If you are not, then you are a hypocrite!
I would be willing to buy the possibility that the teenagers were manipulated into this by the adults and POSSIBLY did not know the ultimate outcome of the kids' fate, but I suspect the people in charge of this "mission" were up to no good, and I am sincerely concerned that they aren't going to be prosecuted in the U.S., and that even the 2 detained might eventually be freed. It's very sad and frightening to me if they aren't made an example of.

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