Lisa Marie Rollins on CNN

Good thing they had Ms. Rollins on to respond, because I would have just been sitting gape-mouthed:

“Thank goodness these liberal progressive wealthy people are able to take any child in need and shower them with love.  And I think race should really be only examined if you’re over forty you need to think about how you think about race because the younger generation doesn’t see race the way perhaps my generation or older generations did.”

She also refers to her biracial children as “it.” But whatever.

Edited to add: Late to the party.  But still in Ms. Rollins’ fan club.

‘Jade Heart’

Can you say ‘Orientalism’?

So a Chicago playwright (white, male) gets “inspired” by a relative who adopts a baby from China.  And this is the result.  Another piece of ventriloquy:

All of us start life somewhere. The road we follow can be smooth or rough; it can lead to places that we might never have chosen. Jade McCullough’s road began on a pile of vegetables in a small village in southern China. Fate then took her to America where she grew up seeing herself as an outsider, rebelling against her differentness.  Like all of us, she struggles to find an identity that fits all sides of herself. She aches to know where she came from and why she had to leave. Her only clue is half of a jade heart found in her swaddling clothes. Its other half hangs around the neck of an anonymous woman in a distant land, a woman who is masked in her imagination, whose existence haunts her. Jade’s journey resembles our own. Ultimately, our existence is a mystery none of us can solve.

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Humanitarian parole

Humanitarian parole requests granted to Haitian residents between 2002-2007:  16

Percentage of denied Haitian humanitarian parole requests 2002-2007:  92 percent

Overall denial of humanitarian parole requests, all countries 2002-2007:  76 percent

Humanitarian parole granted to “orphans” from Haiti as of 04/01/2010:  “Over 800”

Humanitarian parole granted to Haitians in 2010 for medical reasons as of 01/30/2010:  34*  According to Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Clinic, these were all for “orphans”

“Orphans” granted IR-3 or IR-4 visas as of 04/01/2010:  45

It is important to note that government websites also contain information on the path to citizenship for children who arrived on humanitarian parole, in direct contradiction to the stated purpose of said parole.

*Have not yet found more current numbers.

Because they’re humanitarians

They can take the children and run.

But for 12 of the children, last month’s airlift transported them from one uncertain predicament to another. As it turns out, those children — between 11 months and 10 years old — were not in the process of being adopted, might not all even be orphans and are living in a juvenile care center here while the authorities determine whether they have relatives in Haiti who are able to take care of them.

Justification?

When asked what he had done to persuade the administration to grant an exception for the 12 children, Mr. Rendell said in a phone interview, “I don’t know how it happened, but I didn’t ask a lot of questions, and if you had seen the faces of those children as we loaded them onto the airplane, you wouldn’t have asked a lot of questions, either.”

Several administration officials who spoke at length about the rescue effort suggested that they were led by their hearts.

By the numbers

As of January 26, more than 500 “orphans” had been granted “humanitarian parole” to come from Haiti to the United States (source, Department of State).

As of January 30, just 34 people had been granted “humanitarian parole” for medical reasons (one source here, others around the web). It is of course possible that some of those people are children.

Oh, the humanity.

Grab one now.

Ten Americans detained by police for taking children across the border.

Updated to add:  Some of the children may not be true orphans:

“I am no orphan” said one 8 year old transportee. Her mother had told her she was going off on a short holiday. The family of five others has arrived at the SOS Children’s Villages with leaflets they had been given when their child was taken, promising a better life with a swimming pool and tennis courts. Some of these children obviously still have parents who appear to have been persuaded to hand over their children under false pretenses. The allegations have to be thoroughly investigated but the Haitian police consider this incident as organised child trafficking. The group runs an adoption camp in the Dominican Republic where prospective parents can come and stay while formal adoption papers are arranged.