January 25th, 2010
01:50 PM ET
13 years ago

Clinton: Administration considering accepting more Haitians


.Hundreds of people, some with U.S. passports, lined up outside the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince last week.(Photo Credit: Getty Images/File)

Washington (CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday the Obama administration is "looking at" the idea of allowing more legal immigration to the U.S. from Haiti.

Speaking to reporters at the State Department before departing to Montreal, Quebec, for a conference on international relief efforts for Haiti, Clinton said, "We are looking at every option that can provide a better future for the Haitian people."

Asked about the secretary's comments, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters, "There is a cap, you know, levied on the number that can travel to the United States from Haiti. And that is something that we'll be ... working with a variety of interest groups on as we go forth."

Some Haiti experts and non-governmental organizations say that allowing more legal immigration from Haiti would relieve some of the burden of providing earthquake relief efforts on the island.

The Obama administration, after the earthquake, allowed Haitians currently in the United States illegally to apply for temporary protected status for 18 months. That would allow them to work and send cash remittances back to help their families in Haiti.

Clinton, along with foreign ministers, major donors and regional and multilateral partners, was going to Montreal for a Monday's one-day Ministerial Preparatory Conference of the Group of Friends of Haiti.

Updated: 3:42 p.m.

Filed under: Haiti • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. obama the liar

    typical liberal knee jerk response. Take their tragedy and turn it into a tragedy for America. More unemployment, more welfare more democrap votes...Just say NO or sent them all to Chicago.

    January 25, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. Jane/Seattle

    Why not just stop exploiting folks and help them rebuild, flourish? Why not tell the Predatory Crapitalists to do something from the heart instead of seeking money from anyone in this quest to exploit anyone/everything in their collective Path? Why not, while you are at it, help Americans, Too? I know! Only Profits motivate you folks! Compassion is for the saps who take the good message to heart!

    January 25, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  3. Jayden,FL

    I saw a preview of the Tavis Smiley Reports interview with Sec Clinton.. and she stated she will NOT serve another term as Secretary of State!... how many do anyways.. I guess she will be replacing Joe Biden in 2012!

    January 25, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  4. T'SAH from Virginia

    Here come the HATERS!!!

    1. What about jobs for the Haitians???
    2. We do not want more STRAY ANIMALS in this country!!!
    3. Who's going to PAY for it?? ..................ETC!!!!

    HATERS need to REMEMBER............Everyone in America are immigrants EXCEPT African Americans who were brought here as SLAVER and the NATIVE AMERICANS who were fortunate enough to be here when their land was TAKENY!!!

    Even though SLAVES were brought here, we DO NOT want to trade it off to live in HAITI – like all of the Americans

    WE must remember that HAITIANS were men, women and children who were fortunate enough to ESCAPE the slave ships and settle in HAITI. Right NOW, they need HELP and we, as Americans, should provide that help!!!

    January 25, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  5. Rex

    We cannot afford anymore on our ballooning welfare system. We are helping them, but it is not up to us to move them from their country to our welfare system.

    January 25, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  6. Red by Choice

    Of course. Can you say "more democrats please"? While you're at it, open up the southern border and naturalize all of them too. And put in a couple of more juicy entitlement programs for good measure.

    January 25, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  7. Enough is Enought

    I feel sorry for the people of Haiti but I don't want my tax dollars used to import and support more "stray animals".

    January 25, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  8. Praetorian

    This is a very bad idea. Americans are very concerned about the level of benefits being paid out to citizens right now. Bringing aliens who do not contribute in any way to the economy or taxes of the country–but so needy they will require a multitude of social/financial support will anger many Americans.

    There are sectors in the U.S. where American citizens are living in cars and with relatives–and don't know where their next meal is coming from . I think the administration needs to give this one a second thought.

    January 25, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  9. GOPer

    I sympathize but --- NO !! It would only put an illegal Mexican out of work. Besides I can get a Mexican much easier than one of them

    January 25, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  10. Hammerer

    This administration should have the same concern for the citizens of the US that are struggling as they claim to have for the Haitians. Lots of folks with no job, lost their house, lost their 401K or what savings they had, and all they get is promises that help will come -- someday.

    January 25, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    As long as any newly-arrived Haitians actually, like, work for a living. The last thing this country needs is more people free-loading on government goodies paid for by American taxpayers.

    January 25, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  12. Sue

    Look at the polls taken through Rasmussen and Gallup-–the MAJORITY in the country does NOT want this.

    How dare they go against what the MAJORITY does NOT want.

    January 25, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  13. Sparky

    Are you freak'n kidding me? Seriously? Maybe they can have them fill out registration forms as well!

    January 25, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  14. Mirta

    Of course they can come...they're black!!!

    January 25, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |

    If they are hard working and good citizens I welcome them.

    January 25, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  16. Marilyn

    How about providing a better future for Americans for a change? We do not need any more unskilled immigrants, i.e. welfare recipients. We are not the world's emergency 911 number - we can no longer afford to be!!

    January 25, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  17. brett

    STOP those people... USA already had trouble with everything.. USA govt dont care of USA people.. STOP those people!!!!!!!! ill re-think of 2010 and 2012.

    January 25, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  18. Jack

    MISTAKE MISTAKE, this will give the racists in this country the ammunition they need to portray our President as a champion of the black race only!

    Haiti was a French colony, let them deal with the people of Haiti.

    January 25, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  19. Emmanuel Goldstein

    What a surprise (not! I predicted this right after the earthquake).

    And here is the next thing you will hear: When it comes time for them to go back to Haiti, the deadline will be extended "indefinitely" for "humanitarian" reasons.

    I say we let them move to Houston. They have experience with this after all.

    January 25, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  20. Rick McDaniel

    Grossly bad idea. Let Haitians rebuild Haiti......not invade America.

    January 25, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  21. Rickster

    I predicted this as soon as the quake hit. Sure, why not bring in thousands of more people who have no skills whatsoever and who will live on the government dole(that's taxpayer money for you democrats). But as long as they vote democrat then it's ok, right?

    One of the major problems with this country right now is our immigration policies. We should only be letting people into this country who have skills to offer. As it stands now the people we are letting in generally don't have two nickels to rub together. If you care about the economy, the environment, inner cities, public education, etc. then stop the flow of uneducated immigrants into this country. Democrats can never connect the dots. Wake up people.

    January 25, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  22. John D.

    I want to know where all the money that was previously sent to this Island prior to the earthquake went. In who's pocket did it go into?
    When are we going to stop just throwing taxpayer dollars at these places and put someone in charge of disbursing these funds so that we canhave some form of control and accountability.

    This is so reminiscent of where has all the funding that we have given the Energy Dept. Their mandate apon their creation was to reduce us of our dependency on foreign oil. What a great job they have done at as cost of hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars for NOTHING.

    The way I see it, the money we have sent to Haiti should have been enough for the country to be prosperious. But no, that money was stolen and sits in someones bank account. Kinda reminds you of the good ole U.S.A. doesn't it

    Control and Accountability for every taxpayer dollar given to anyone from now on. No exceptions!

    January 25, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |