Americans Detained In Haiti

The Americans were stopped as they tried to bus 33 children across the border into the Dominican Republic, allegedly without proper documents.

The group's leader, Laura Silsby, says they had the best intentions and were hoping to save abandoned children from the chaos following the earthquake. The Baptist church members from Idaho say they planned to take 100 kids to a rented hotel in the Dominican Republic to establish an orphanage.

She says the group had documents from the Dominican government, but didn't seek paperwork from Haiti.

Sean Lankford, whose wife and daughter are being held, says consular officials from the U.S. Embassy in Haiti have met with the Americans to give them bug spray and food.

He says the group goes in front of a judge Monday.


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  • by To Billy Location: Washington on Feb 1, 2010 at 10:17 AM
    From what I understand, China only gave 1 million and the US gave 100 million. We probably had to borrow the money from China. Makes no sense to me with the state our country is in that we have to "show off" when we don't have. If you don't have the funds, you can't help. Besides, I agree with Mr.Humberstone, help your own before going off to other countries. We have plenty of people right here that are in desperate need of help. American needs to WAKE UP!
  • by B Location: NC on Feb 1, 2010 at 04:46 AM
    I think the main thing they need is birth control, mandatory bith control, if we would stop giving money away and fighting wars we can't win we would not be broke!
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Jan 31, 2010 at 06:59 PM
    "Chester the Cheeto Eater", I think someone laced your favorite snack with something that put you on a trip. If not, you just don't read well, think well or somebody swelled your eyes shut for ya. I don't understand your reply to my post because it does not relate to anything I said. Get a some third grader at Land of Frito-Lay Elementary School to help you read and understand what I wrote. How you got on some utopian journey about me supporting obuma, I will never know. You can read, can't you? I said obuma couldn't successfully manage a hot dog stand and somehow you think that was an endorsement for yet another wasteful overseas jaunt by the idiot false messiah. Maybe you should switch snacks and start munching on some low salt nuts instead of those cheesey things.
  • by Billy Location: Newport on Jan 31, 2010 at 06:16 PM
    Call me stupid, but why the hell are we even there? Where were all these funds when the economy imploded? The guy next door to me can't find a job within 100 miles of his home, but HIS tax money is going to build a home for some guy in Port-Au Prince? Let China handle that. They own all of our debt and are doing a heck of a lot better than we are anyway...But as I said, Im clueless...just ask my wife.. Oh--Chester, I think your's and Neo's positions are actually the same...Just an observation...
  • by Anonymous on Jan 31, 2010 at 03:55 PM
    We need to get out of their and take care of us.This country is spending money that Obunga borrowed from China.We need to leave yesterday.Give them the bug spray to kill the bugs then they will have food to eat!If we stay over there much longer it will deplete OUR RATIONS.Then we will be eaten bugs and PINE TREE BARK!By the way Cheeto eater I hoped you eat enough to sober up,if not take a Ritalin or four.Man your heads going to pop.Slow down!
  • by Enough Already Location: Gville on Jan 31, 2010 at 03:46 PM
    You people have no respect for the people who died and their families who lost their love ones. Some of those people are innocent have not done anything wrong, they just lived in a bad area. To the comment that someone posted about Haiti not helping the United States when Hurricane Katrina hit, well common sense would tell you that they are broke and cannot help themselves. I guess you do not have anything else to do but to criticize what the President and his wife are doing. Maybe he cannot go to Haiti do to a threat, you don't know his reason. Get over already, he is the President and people just can't stand that a Black man is in office. These people are in need and if we can assist then we should.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jan 31, 2010 at 02:26 PM
    Neo, agree 100%. Chester you do need to stick to eating them orange things, reading is not for you. Try reading Neo's comment once more.
  • by Chester the Cheeto Eater Location: Land of Frito-Lay on Jan 31, 2010 at 01:29 PM
    Isn't it funny how Neo hasn't replied to my questions? It's obvious why "he" hasn't ... there is no way to answer my logic. Haiti hasn't been helped by Baruck Obonga, not one little bit, and Haiti won't be helped by him! All of Neo's pandering for El Presidente won't change the fact that "stepping up our bounds" in Haiti is EXACTLY THE WRONG THING TO DO! So, put that in your pipe and smoke it, Neo.
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Jan 31, 2010 at 12:55 PM
    Logic would tell Authorities to check out people just trying to 'lift children' from this tragedy, under the pretense of 'helping'. Some, not all, are good people who really want the child. Others, not all, may have 'ill intentions' for these poor children. I say, let them check out the people who are trying to take the children. My Thought: Why aren't they taking the whole family, or at least, the Mother, Father, and siblings? Why just one here and there? Too many Predators out there, so track them, sort them out, and protect the children.
  • by Robert Humberstone, Sr. Location: NC on Jan 31, 2010 at 12:50 PM
    Who cares about Haiti. People act like it was some sort of paradise before the earthquake. It's been a hub of violence, corruption, disease, death and misery for hundreds of years. We're spending billions there, all the while there are millions of Americans that are homeless and hungry. Let them handle their own problems. I don't recall Haiti helping us through Hurricane Katrina. Everyone is trying to be some kind of "do-gooder" yet do nothing in their own neighborhood. You know I'm right, yet again.
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