Many political figures are offering their solutions to the humanitarian crisis in Haiti. Elliott Abrams, a senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, wrote an op-ed in the Washington Times saying that what Haiti needs is a Diaspora. Abrams says that "a larger Haitian Diaspora would be a far better base for the country's economic future than aid pledges that may or may not be met. If several hundred thousand more Haitians were able to migrate, those Dominican, Honduran or Salvadoran numbers suggest that remittances to Haiti would give its economy a huge and continuing jolt. Abrams points out that the Haitian Diaspora sends home $1.9 billion in remittances. In 2007 the US gave Haiti $210 Million in foreign aid. Considering the poverty we would be importing it would cost us much less just to send the money directly in aid. Thanks to Israeli Lobby which Abrams has a major role in we give Israel aprox $3 Billion a year in aid.
Abrams says "this would require Canada, France and the United States -- the First World countries with the largest Haitian Diaspora communities -- to adopt a different and more liberal immigration policy toward Haiti," and that President Obama "should be asking Congress not only to provide aid funds but also to allow a significant increase in the number of Haitians legally admitted to the United States -- to several times the roughly 25,000 per year in the past decade. Canada and France should do the same." He adds "if the United States is committed to giving Haiti hope for the future, enlarging the Haitian Diaspora is a surefire way to succeed." However he does not take into account the affect it would have on our nation to import massive amounts of poverty and leaves Israel off the list of nations that should take in Haitian refugees.