lost in jails

After the quake, aftershocks prompted hasty evacuations by military transports, with no time for immigration processing:

  • Mike Delva, 21, was assigned to help board a young boy whose leg had been amputated, along with the boy’s wheelchair-bound mother. Suddenly, the plane took off.
  • Another fellow was in a taxi when the earthquake hit was later placed on a military plane to Miami by a doctor from Texas who had treated him for severe back and leg injuries. He left the plane in a wheelchair.

Among too many others hidden in pockets of the sprawling detention network, these Haitians have been locked up by the INS because they entered the USA without a visa. None have criminal histories.