10 American missionaries arrested Friday for allegedly attempting to ferry 33 children out of the country. In an email to the United Nations on Monday, an American human-rights activist recounted meeting the leader of
the missionaries before they entered Haiti and warning that the group's plan to collect 100 Haitian orphans was illegal because they lacked proper authorization. View Full Image UPI/Kevin Dietsch U.S. military personnel division
talk to children last week at an orphanage in Port-au-Prince. Separately, the U.S. military resumed medical evacuations from Haiti to the U.S., with the first transport plane to arrive in Florida Monday night, according to the White House. Evacuations had been suspended since Wednesday. Florida hospitals were expecting 20 Haitian patients initially, said Jaime Caldwell, vice president of
the South Florida Hospital & Healthcare Association. The federal government said Monday it will reimburse hospitals through the National Disaster Medical System for treating critically ill Haitian earthquake victims, after Florida Gov. Charlie Cristcomplained last week that the state's health-care system was overwhelmed. Over the weekend, the government of Haiti agreed to the departure of 165 orphans to the U.S., a State Department official said. About 95 arrived over the weekend in Florida, according to the Department of
Homeland Security. A few dozen more were due to leave Haiti on a flight late Monday. Concerned about child predators, the government of Haiti 10 days ago barred minors from leaving the country unless authorities had signed off on their cases. That led to an abrupt halt of a Washington policy designed to expedite the adoption of about 1,000 children who had been assigned to U.S. families before the Jan. 12 earthquake. "These are children who had been identified as orphans long before the earthquake and their adoptive parents had been through a careful screening process," said Michele Bond, a deputy assistant secretary of
state overseeing the effort. Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive addressed the case of the 10 missionaries, telling The Associated Press that "it is clear now that they knew what they were doing was wrong.'' But he added that the courts might be "more lenient" if they were acting with good intentions. Mr. Bellerive also said that his country might allow the missionaries to be tried in the U.S. since Haiti's courts were devastated by the earthquake.