53 Haitian orphans flown into Pennsylvania; led by sisters Alisa McMutrie, Jamie McMutrie and Gov. Ed Rendell
Special to USAfrica and USAfricaonline.com
The humanitarian drive to tackle the many problems in Haiti and for Haitians took a great, heart-warming turn a few minutes ago when a plane carrying 53 of Haitian orphans landed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They were accompanied by doctors, some members of congress and some Haitian adults.
The AP reports that “two local (Pittsburgh) women who have been caring for them for years hope to finalize their adoptions and place them with American families…. Details of the operation to rescue them and their American caretakers, sisters Jamie and Alison McMutrie, have been kept quiet since a charity relief flight left Pennsylvania on Monday for the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince.” (Associated Press writers Joe Mandak, Ramit Plushnick-Masti, in Pittsburgh, and Peter Jackson, in Harrisburg, Pa., contributed the quoted section of his report.)
Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, has announced that in coordination with the U.S. Department of State, there is an easing of requirements and procedures to help orphans into the U.S from Haiti, on a temporary basis.
“We are committed to doing everything we can to help reunite families in Haiti during this very difficult time,” noted Napolitano in a news release. “While we remain focused on family reunification in Haiti, authorizing the use of humanitarian parole for orphans who are eligible for adoption in the United States will allow them to receive the care they need here.”