Congressman Jim Cooper (TN-05) joined with leaders in the House and Senate urging Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Administrator Designate for the U.S. Agency for International Development Dr. Rajiv Shah to work together to coordinate the transfer of orphan children in the process of adoption with an American families. It is estimated that between 500 and 700 children already in the American adoption process are still in Haiti, about 11 from Tennessee.
"Though the announcement of Humanitarian Parole was very encouraging, we must ensure these children are joined with their new parents in the safest, swiftest way possible," Cooper said. "These children already have families in the U.S.; we can't delay getting them to their adoptive families."
In addition to Cooper, the letter was signed by Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA), John McCain (R-AZ), Bob Casey (D-PA), Kit Bond (R-MO), Mark Udall (D-CO), John Ensign (R-NV), and James Inhofe (R-OK). They are requesting that all affected children be safely and efficiently evacuated within the next ten days. The letter is attached.