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January 24th, 2010
03:31 AM ET

Letting Haitians Stay in the United States

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  1. Albert Root

    I don't agree with bringing all these people from different countrys that have problems to the US. With all the donations supposedly they got should almost build the country back and they can stay home. This country is getting too flooded with immigrants now and the american people are being pushed out. They receive all the free money, health care and a place to live, and our people are living on the streets. When is it going to stop? When we are all pushed to the ocean and drown.

    January 24, 2010 at 10:48 am |
  2. sue scott

    Just ask the question:
    are they here legally?
    And answer the question.
    Beyond that, should they even be here legally...
    Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907.
    'In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag.... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... And we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.'
    Theodore Roosevelt 1907

    Every American citizen needs to read this!

    ewa beach,HI

    January 24, 2010 at 2:35 pm |
  3. sue scott

    to the experts who are doing what is best for our country;llike
    Rt. Adm. Clark and speaking truthful facts on C-SPAN

    ewa beach, HI

    January 24, 2010 at 2:39 pm |
  4. Jon

    Mr Kuck brings up a lot of great points and brings a very interesting prospective on the situation.

    You should feature him more often on your programs.

    January 26, 2010 at 8:57 am |
  5. Beatrice

    TJ & Betty:

    This is a tough call. I am Haitian & a US citizen. My human side says it is the right thing to do to help other humans; however, the logistics of it must be well done to prevent other countries from taking advantage of the situation in the future; I hope no other country goes through a similar event.

    Believe me when I say that. Haitians do not want to leave in the US; they want to be in Haiti. We love Haiti and wish (sincerely) we could be there to serve it the same way we serve the US, our adopted country.

    On a short term basis, it may be necessary to bring them here to allow time to develop special structures (not Haitian government run institutions though) to handle these precious children. However, on a long run basis, I would hate to have these kids go through the foster care system of the US. This is a scary thought.

    The difficult question to answer is "how long should they stay here?" If it is a short stay, there will not be much trauma. However, if it is too long, they will be accustomed to living in this country and may no longer speak French and Creole. They will be foreigners in their own land while being legal Haitian citizens. Therefore, this is something that must be handled with great care and analysis.

    By the way, I love to watch you both. I thank you for all your concerns about my country. Keep your excellent work.

    January 28, 2010 at 1:38 pm |