Baby's death at airport sparks calls ...

Baby's death at airport sparks calls for inquiry

There are 72 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Feb 17, 2008, titled Baby's death at airport sparks calls for inquiry. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa American Samoa's Democratic delegate to Congress has joined with the ranking Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee in calling for investigation into the death of a baby ...

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Hilo, HI

#67 May 11, 2008
Joe wrote:
As I said on a prior thread last week. Very sad situation. Bottom line... A mother lost her baby and a baby lost his life...
Should there be a full investigation? Absolutely! I know prior posters (in the other thread) seemed to think some of us were too quick to defend the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) personnel (or CBP personnel). I think they must also acknowledge many folks are very quick to condemn them as well.
None of us knows the full details of the situation and exactly what happened. For this reason a full investigation should be conducted. Any mistakes, violations of policy, etc (if any) need to be addressed and dealt with.
If a violation, negligence, or other malicious act caused the baby to die, then most certainly people should be held accountable. If none such issues exist, then those involved should be exonerated. Unfortunately the end result will be the same (the loss of a little life) regardless of the outcome.
Based on the limited information provided in the news articles, I still have yet to see any negligence on the part of the government employees. Again all the facts and details are not in, but as quick as some folks are demanding people be fired, jailed, burned in hell, etc. I would seem reasonable to have a few voices out there trying to be rational and not jumping on the emotional (popular) bandwagon of automatically condemning the government employees.
It's a cliche to say the least... All stories about the police have the same people saying all cops are dirty and/or use excessive force, etc. It' just the "in" thing to say/do. In some cases (the minority of cases) it is true, but overall most police officers, immigration/customs inspectors/officers/agents and professionals who do things by the book and really work their jobs to provide service to the public.
Course that's not the popular thing to say... It's just the truthful thing...
How about putting their captured Al'Qaidas to work at every departure gate to serve as a guide on what to look for in terrorism suspects wanting to board airplanes? They could just stand there shakled. If a boarding passenger looks similar to them or starts doing their pray to Mecca routine, then "pow!" "No Boarding!"

United States

#69 May 12, 2008
hardcore wrote:
<quoted text> nothin funnier than a dead Sole bahbe

Honolulu, HI

#70 May 12, 2008
Why were not an ambulance and EMS meeting this plane. Should have been arranged before leaving Pago.
What were the qualifications of the nurse traveling with the baby?

I know that it happens that ill people traveling to Hi. for medical treatment are first taken to the Samoan healer and I hope this was not the plan here.

This is a heartbreaking thing for the family of the baby and thoughts of comfort are sent to them by all, we are all sorry.

Mililani, HI

#71 May 12, 2008
Aloha Joe, I like what you had to say about opening the eye,s, people are to busy these days to stop for that 1 sec glipes,it might of made a differents.
Like I said "Might".We don,t see the big picture.
I pray that the Lord well open the door of understanding ,that whom ever if any have to be accoutable for what happen to that little one.
I am sorry for the lose of this little one,s life,and I pray that God well bring some closer to her,I could not go through this .

“Phil 4:13”

Since: Apr 08

Wahiawa, HI

#72 May 12, 2008
crap wrote:
The baby and nurse are American citizens. There is no excuse to hold at the airport. They should been allowed to continue to the hospital while the mother could have remained detained verifying her travel documents. I've never had a problem re-entering the U.S. with my American passport.
My thoughts exactly.

God Bless the Futi family.
marta ulugia

Auckland, New Zealand

#73 Aug 3, 2008
hey im martha and jus saw ur bby die im sorry about that but if you call m on 098325034 thank you
chirstian ulugia

Auckland, New Zealand

#74 Aug 3, 2008
hey im sorry for ur bby if you need my help just call m on 098325034 yea may god bless you and the family god is with you all the time

Honolulu, HI

#75 Aug 3, 2008
God bless the Futi family.

El Cajon, CA

#76 Aug 5, 2008
My condolences and prayers to the Futi family. I'm sorry for their loss.

Since: Dec 07

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#78 Aug 5, 2008
An inside source from Customs in Honolulu told me that ICE did mess up. In fact ever since customs and immigration merged its been one hell hole. DHS screwed up both agencies by merging them together. The only reason immigration was merged with customs was because immigration was a badly disorganized agency. So now immigration sometimes will do customs work and customs will do immigration work. How can you cross jobs when each agency is specialized?

Since: Aug 08

Aiea, HI

#79 Aug 5, 2008
D Chung wrote:
TSA agents don't make decisions they follow orders - otherwise they would be unemployed.
The problem start at the top. The folks who make the policy need to be held accountable.
I concur, it's seems as though it's always the case, the low-level employees take alot the heat when there's so much bureaucracy with government agencies.


#80 Aug 26, 2008
My GOD!!! What in hell is wrong with this country?!!! That is nothing less than murder.Those fools have sunk to killing infants,in the name of national security?!!

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