Anyone who says President Trump is not doing anything for the economy has not been to upstate New York lately. The travel business is booming. Especially the taxi business in Champlain. A steady, nearly overflowing, amount of mostly Haitian refugees in vans and cabs has been headed straight for a tiny road that dead ends at the Canadian border. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau decided to act. Send in the troops, he ordered.
The recent Haitian exodus is sparked by fear of losing “temporary protected status.” After a 2010 earthquake wiped out Haiti, roughly 50,000 were relocated here. Department of Homeland security under the new administration reviewed policy and decided that protected status would be extended through the end of the year but phased out after that.
When DHS warned those affected to get their travel documents together, Facebook posts and word of mouth soon had migrants convinced Canada is waiting with open arms, welcoming any and all asylum seekers with immediate residency. Marjorie Villefranche works with displaced Haitians and says, “There is an enormous amount of fake information circulating saying that it is easy to come to Canada. They are hearing that Canada doesn’t deport people.”
Canadian immigration put up a Facebook post of their own to spell out that anything you see elsewhere is wrong. Well, maybe half wrong. Last year just over half of refugee claims were granted.
So far this year, over 4,300 have seeped across the border with about 250 a day currently arriving for processing in Montreal. The massive influx is putting a strain on already stretched resources. There is only one thing I can do, Canada’s leader exclaimed. Send in the troops!
Rather than sending in soldiers to put a stop to the flood by enforcing the border and turning the Haitians around, liberal, rainbow-sock-wearing Trudeau ordered his Department of National Defence to roll out the red carpet.
Migrants are dropped at the U.S. side, one right after the other, all day long. Dragging their baggage and children across a dirt ditch, they find a welcoming reception station ready to process them. They are given food and water while waiting for the next shuttle bus to take them to Montreal.
Nearly 100 soldiers will be posted to the Roxham Road crossing near Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle. They will add to already installed facilities by setting up heated tents to accommodate up to 500 persons. In an e-mailed statement, Defence Dept. spokesman Daniel Le Bouthillier explains the military will not be there to take part in “security matters” and “when the site is completed, the military will return to their home base.”
Quebec has already filled all the available space in a school and a former hospital that are designated emergency shelters. The Olympic Stadium has also been pressed into service. About 450 of the mostly Haitian refugees are expected but it can hold thousands.
If these people went through any of the normal ports of entry they would be turned around under Canadian law. A loophole allows those who enter elsewhere a chance to claim refugee status on the spot. Word spread almost magically from coast to coast across the U.S. to get to Roxham Road any way you can. Haitian Jean Rigaud Liberal spent the past seven months in Florida. He credits Facebook for telling him about Roxham Road and thinks “Canada will be better than America. We are not comfortable in America. We are seeking a better life, we don’t want to go back to Haiti.”
The last thing any Haitian wants to do is go back. Known to have one of the most corrupt governments in the world, for as long as anyone can remember, the country has been ruled by ruthless thugs. “Papa Doc” Francois Duvalier ran the show until 1971 as “President for Life.” His Tonton Macoute militia brutally murdered as many as 60,000. When he died, son Jean-Claude, (Baby Doc) continued the family legacy of murder and torture. By 1986 the peasants had enough and chased him off the island.
So called “free elections” have not produced much change. In a typical case of ballot box voodoo, plantation owner Jovenel Moise was hand selected last year by his equally corrupt predecessor. Reports of gunshots in the city from riots came in right along with the election results. “The US embassy also issued reports of demonstrations, gunshots and burning tires in downtown Port-Au-Prince and Malpasse,” one reporter wrote.
After the 2010 earthquake hit, Americans were quick to get out their check books. An astounding $13.5 billion was raised for relief efforts, enough to rebuild the whole island. Seven years later they have nothing to show for it. “The rubble is off the streets.”
Government corruption is only half the story of the missing billions. The donor organizations with hands on the purse strings insisted on keeping total control of work projects. Jake Johnston of the Center for Economic Policy and Research points out “USAID has spent about $1.5 billion since the earthquake. Less than a penny of every dollar goes directly to a Haitian organization.” Instead, he says, “International companies had to fly in, rent hotels and cars, and spend USAID allowances for food and cost-of-living expenses.” Crediting workers with “danger pay” and “hardship pay” jacked salaries through the roof. The Red Cross spent half a billion to build six homes with almost all of the donated cash going to internal expenses.
Side by side with the Red Cross, Hillary Clinton had her greedy fingers in the Haiti pie all the way up to her elbows. The Clinton Foundation sucked huge wads of cash out of Port-Au-Prince with the Haiti Reconstruction Fund (HRF) started by Bill and Hillary while she was Secretary of State. “This dynamic devious duo made a great team, and they worked together to use government and private institutions alike to take money away from the poorest and most devastated people on the planet.”
Anyone who managed to make it out of that hell has no intention of returning. These people know Trump is obviously crazy enough to do just what he said he was going to do and send them right back, just as soon as he possibly can. The Canadian alternative option stands out like a lighthouse in a storm. One big plus for Haitians, in Quebec they speak the same language, French.