Trump, the Greatest Haitian Champion to Be / By Pierre-Yves Roy

 

Trump, the Greatest Haitian Champion to Be

By Pierre-Yves Roy
1/22/18

 

In September 2016, during his campaign, Mr. Donald Trump said to the Haitian-American community, « I want to be your greatest champion. » However, today, his unpopularity among Haitians soars, because of the alleged vindictive words he ejected towards the Haitians and their country, and his aggressive immigration policy. In addition, the Haitians who voted for Mrs. Clinton are rebuking those among them who elected President Trump.

Amid this crisis of confidence, should Haitians consider President Trump as a liar or should they hope that he will keep his words? Some of his voters who still have trust in human decency believe that Mr. Trump can be the champion of the Haitian people in spite of all odds. « Yes! » said Rev Daniel Ulysse, vice-chair of the Caribbean American for Trump, « the President will deliver as promised. He would do more and better for the Haitian people than the previous administrations have ever done. » But, how can President Trump accomplish his promise toward the Haitian people?   Well, through the same thing that put him dos-á-dos with the Haitian community, this universal and modern dilemma of immigration that spares no country, except China, Russia, and North Korea, and others that settle staunch immigration policies and rigidly control their borders—some of them virtually close their door to foreigners.

Immigration reform.  Although America is a country of immigrants, it has called for a serious immigration reform, because of the vicious insecurity that permeates the world and the tall economic challenge, which the country faces nationally and internationally. Bush, Clinton and Obama did not grasp the urgency to design a sound immigration reform: the process of vetting, the reinforcing or abrogation of traditional immigration laws, and securing the borders. They were more focused on deportation than anything else: Obama has pushed the envelop so far that he has won the title of Deporter-in-Chief.

Today, Donald Trump has no other alternative but respond to the immigration order. However, the solution of America’s immigration dilemma requires a two-phase approach. First, it involves the design and implementation of a comprehensive immigration law in America. Second, it impels appropriate diplomacy vis-à-vis the American allies.

This immigration problem is like an illness; it has its cause and symptoms.  Healing the symptoms, but disregarding the cause is like washing your hands and wiping it on the floor.  Most of the people who have left their countries to come in United States did it because their life condition was unacceptable. Returning Haitians to their home country without helping them live decently in justice, security and dignity is putting the American interests in Haiti in jeopardy, since that can awaken extremist and nationalist sentiments and turn the island into a boil.

For the last four decades, Haiti has been ill-served by its partners. From 1986 to the present—put aside the wrath of natural disasters—, this people has greatly suffered from all kind of political and economic hardships: coup d’état, falsified elections government corruption, insecurity, injustice, vast unemployment and acute health care crisis; as a consequence, immigration has become the only way out of their miserable condition.  Billions of dollars of international aid have been shamefully mismanaged, especially: the 2012 earthquake funds and the Petrocaribe loans. Haitians leaders and others must be accountable. We need men and women of integrity and competency to lead this poor country.

Since its birth as a nation, Haiti has been a loyal and devoted neighbor to America; for this reason among others, it deserves better from the greatest nation on earth.  We have fought alongside the American army in Savannah, Georgia. With grandeur, we have contributed financially to the Second World War II; we have produced some of the best American minds in the U.S.

The Trump’s immigration shake-up may shatter the dreams of many of us; the reported repugnant characterization of Haitians by Mr. Trump has hurt our pride profoundly. Yet, if the President of the United States of America would take a deep look at Haiti’s situation, he would find several ways to become the greatest champion of the Haitian people while honorably protecting American interests on the island.

Yes! Donald Trump must become the greatest champion of the Haitian people because he has promised it: he will deliver to the Haitian-American as he did to the Jewish community; for he is known as a leader who does not hesitate to tackle complex issues, even when they are unpopular.  Yes. Donald Trump must become the greatest champion of the Haitian people, if he really wants America to become great again:  that will help pulling off his back the cloak of a racist that befalls upon him. Yes! Donald Trump must become Haiti’s greatest champion because today he is the only person on earth that can do something significant for Haiti: in the last twenty-years, the Dems could not positively affect the lives of these people; and America’s influence on the island is too overwhelming, impeding the efforts of other nations, like China, to help the country.

In politic, perception is everything.  The greatness of a country is measured not only by the amount of gold it has in reserve; nor by the number of its chars and warplanes and the strength of its army, but most importantly by the characters of the men and women who lead it.

 

Pierre-Yves Roy, MBA; Ph.D. Author

yvesketlie@yahoo.com

 

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