The people of southern Florida and northern Brazil are being negatively impacted by the policies of Progressive, bourgeois central governments which have encouraged an influx of Haitian immigrants. These mostly unskilled migrants have strained government resources, burdened tax payers, posed a health risk to the public and even contributed to the displacement of native populations in some areas.
In 2010 there were officially more than half a million Haitian immigrants in the US, with almost half of that number (46%) living in Florida. During George W. Bush’s presidency more than 183,000 were given Green Cards. Half of Haitian immigrant families in the US are on welfare. By 2012 there were almost a million Haitians in the US, according to Migration Policy Institute. “Immigrants from Haiti represent a small but growing share of the total foreign-born population in the United States, tripling in number between 1990 and 2012.” They have repeatedly been identified by government agencies in the US as a health risk to the general population, especially in southern Florida. In 2014 the Obama Administration quickened the process of allowing many tens of thousands more Haitians to come to the US. Groups such as the Haitian-American Democratic Club mobilize the naturalized immigrants to vote for Obama’s party.
Haitians are increasingly turning to Brazil as a preferred destination. The country has a lax immigration policy and Haitians have heard from Brazilian aid workers and peace-keeping troops about the comparatively high quality of life in Brazil. Haitians often travel through several countries to reach Brazil. Reportedly, 35,000 have made it to Brazil in recent years, with 6,000 so far this year. The spike in the flow of Haitian immigrants has resulted in flooded border shelters in Brazil’s northern states, straining local resources. Frustrated with the failure of the country’s Progressive central government to deal with the problem, the northern State of Acre has began busing the Haitians southward to São Paulo.
Under French rule Haiti, then known as Saint-Domingue, the “Pearl of the Antilles”, was a thriving plantation colony which exported vast amounts of sugar, tobacco, indigo and cotton to the world. It had a prosperous mulatto and Black middle class, some members of whom were themselves successful planters. This prosperity was brought to a sudden end with the Haitian Revolution, in which the Whites were systematically slaughtered or forced to flee the country. An all-Black republic was declared and has since been a social and economic basket-case, dependent upon foreign aid and remittance to feed its population. Whereas once the country exported valuable crops, its primary export now is its teeming, impoverished masses looking to escape the Black republic.
Also see: Puerto Rican impact on the South