Helping Haiti

Very sad NYT article about the decimation of Haiti’s higher education system. Given the tremendous human suffering in Haiti right now, this may not seem like the most important problem. But the destruction of higher education institutions seriously undermines Haiti’s ability to build the human capital it will desperately need to get on its feet in the coming decades. As some commentators have noted, allowing more Haitians to immigrate to the United States would be one under-acknowledged humanitarian response to the devastation there (the Department of Homeland Security has already offered Temporary Protected Status to Haitian immigrants in the United States). Creating opportunities for qualified Haitian students to pursue higher education in the U.S. also seems like a reasonable humanitarian response.

–Sara Mead

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