It is distressing to learn within the month, of the Department of Homeland Security's prioritization for deportation that includes the people from Haiti, who were allowed in to escape the 2010 volcanoes.
Given Hurricane Matthew, the Obama administration has sent naval rescue vessels to save as many as possible in that nation. Over 20,000 criminals and those already on the docket for deportation unfortunately get to stay.
Our immigration policies are so wrong and do discriminate against the darker peoples of Africa and the Islands in allowing entry.
I always wondered if Haitians weren’t also being punished for the successful slave rebellions against Spain, Britain, and France between 1791 to 1804, revolts led by François-Dominique Toussaint Louverture during the Haitian Revolution, where these men liberated their nation so it became the Republic of Haiti.
The refusal of Louverture to agree to domination by the U.S. under John Adams, and the French under Napoleon Bonaparte, reflected his abhorrence of slavery; hence it was believed that people from this nation if allowed into the U.S. would lead a slave rebellion.
According to Judicial Watch, the 2010 earthquake there killed more than 200,000 leaving over 1 million Haitians homeless: “Roughly half of the $1.14 billion that the U.S. government allocated to help Haiti recover . . . has gone to wasteful projects . . . $170.3 million — went to a failed port and power plant . . . promoted by Bill Clinton and the State Department under the leadership of his beloved wife.”
Haitians have faced and will continue in the path of natural disasters given their location.
They have endured poor political leadership and exploitation via many dictators and leaders such as “Papa Doc” — Francois Duvalier. The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund reportedly distributed its last $54 million with a poor ledger of accountability for who got what, used it where and record of how it changed anything.
Our failed efforts to help Haiti become self-sufficient and more democratic speak poorly to our U.S. Agency for International Development and State Department plans — as well as the leadership in that nation. Continually flailing in the winds of turbulence from many fronts, this nation has struggled and needs to be a foreign policy priority.
I believe if Haitians don’t get to come and stay in this nation based on exposures defined above, then those who cross land bridges, come for economic opportunity or are refugees of war should not be allowed in as well. Our wet/dry positions on immigration do a disservice to our neighbors who need our help and who can offer help in return for our migrant fields.
Dr. Ada M. Fisher was the first black woman to serve as the Republican National Committeewoman. She was a candidate for the U.S. Senate from North Carolina, a candidate for U.S. Congress, and a candidate for the North Carolina House of Representatives. She is the author of "Common Sense Conservative Prescriptions Solutions for What Ails Us, Book I." For more of her reports, Go Here Now.
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