Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam, working with scores of civil rights groups, organized what was known as the “Million Man March” 26 years ago on Oct. 16, 1995. Held on and around the National Mall in Washington D.C., the march was held to bring attention to economic and social ills plaguing the African American community.
As far as I know, no one walked to the event. They took planes, trains and automobiles to get there.
Since Joe Biden was elected President, tens of thousands of Haitians have walked 2,000 to 4,000 miles from South America to Texas to apply for refugee status in the United States.
If you remember anything from high school geography — or pay any attention to the news — you know that the Republic of Haiti is located on the island of Hispaniola in the Greater Antilles archipelago of the Caribbean Sea. It occupies the western three-eighths of the island, which it shares with the Dominican Republic.
The first logical question that comes to mind is this; If Haiti is on an island how can they walk to the United States? Of course, they can’t.
These refugees flew from Haiti to South America following natural disasters and government unrest. They have been living for the last ten or more years — for the most part — in Chile and Brazil. The Haitian expatriate community in Brazil numbered 143,000 in 2020, according to El Pais, and 175,000 in Chile.
Now they are looking for a better opportunity to live in America.
The first wave of 15,000 migrants was camped out last month under a bridge in Del Rio Texas, as they entered the United States.
When they entered Customs and Border Protection processing centers, they left one thing behind in the camp — ID cards showing they held refugee status in Chile.
Under U.S. immigration law, individuals are not eligible for refugee status if they are “firmly resettled in a third country.”
Many were gainfully employed and living in Chile. The question is why, and why now?
That was a question that Vice President Kamala Harris — our border czar — tried to answer in June when she made a trip to Guatemala and Mexico to address the “root causes” of our current border crisis. A crisis that coincidently started after Biden became Commander in Chief.
She has blamed the surge in illegal immigrants on everything from climate change, lack of opportunity and political corruption in the host countries to former President Donald Trump.
Harris gave us an analogy of the border crisis as a leaky roof. In her example, the leaky roof was in other countries like Guatemala. The puddles — immigrants — were at our southern border. She is correct; the roof needs fixing. But the roof represents our border. That is where the leak is. The other countries are the rain clouds.
That is what former President Trump was doing in his presidency — fixing the “roof” with a wall. Of course, the Biden Administration stopped the construction of the border wall as soon as he could, along with every other policy Trump had in place to solve the problem.
Before the election last year, Biden promised to “reassert America’s commitment to asylum-seekers and refugees,” wipe out Trump’s asylum reforms, bar any deportations for 100 days, and end migration enforcement against illegal aliens unless they commit a felony.
Harris told The View in 2019, “Let me just be very clear: We have to have a secure border. But I am in favor of saying that we’re not going to treat people who are undocumented [and] cross the borders as criminals. That is correct.”
Statements like these were an invitation of open arms to anyone seeking to immigrate to America.
The only thing Harris and the Biden administration need to do to answer her question is ask immigrants and leaders of other countries.
In a June interview, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei blamed the Biden administration’s welcoming tone to immigrants for the surge.
According to immigration experts, the Haitian migrants believed Biden “opened the border so we decided we could upgrade our lifestyle.”
Panama foreign minister Erika Mouynes said last week there are as many as 60,000 more migrants — primarily Haitian — on their way north to the U.S.-Mexico border.
It’s Biden’s border crisis.
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