The professional outrage machine of the leftist media has once again seized upon a Trumpian minuscule and transformed it into a giant. This time, it was a characterization of certain nations during a closed debate on immigration in Washington D.C. that triggered the eruption of outrage.
Allegedly, President Trump said something to the effect of “why do we have to bring in people from sh**hole countries? Why can’t we bring in people from countries like Norway?” He later added “why do we need Haitians here?” according to some sources. Other attendees of the meeting have stated that he said no such thing.
It goes without saying that Trump’s comments were immediately interpreted as racist. The outrage quickly spread to the UN and African nations who demanded clarification.
While the language is offensive in form, the content does have a factual basis, including the citizens of the countries in question.
Take Haiti, for instance. According to a 2012 Gallup Poll, 24% of the population wanted to emigrate to the U.S. Think about that for a moment. Most people love their native country and don’t want to leave everything and everyone they know behind. Imagine leaving your culture, your history, your family, your friends. Conditions would have to be quite bad before uprooting and leaving everything they hold dear and possibly risking life and limb fleeing to America.
The fact that one in four Haitians wants to leave, tells us how God-awful life in Haiti is. By their own standards, Haiti is a country with problems.
By contrast, Norway is one of the few countries in the world who receive more American immigrants than vice versa. It is regularly judged by the UN as one of the best countries in the world to live.
Ok, so maybe countries such as Haiti are facing trying times? Surely the people living there are just as good as people living anywhere else? Wasn’t it racist to say that the people from these countries would not be an equally good addition to America’s stock as people from, say, Norway?
Haiti has such issues that only around 60% of the population can read and write in their own language. Higher education is practically non-existent, and crime and corruption are rampant. Sadly, this means that some Haitians may have difficulties in integrating to American society. That might, and hopefully does change in the future, but currently, mass-immigration from Haiti would likely not be a huge overall benefit.
The Real Value
They do, however, have something extremely valuable to Democrats: their votes. Unfortunately, most Haitians are victims of such a bad education system that they do not see that it is the very anti-capitalist policies they support that have largely destroyed their own country. Haitians have no experience with economic freedom and rule of law. Their history has been a long chain of dictatorships and military coups, punctuated briefly by democratically elected leaders.
Democrats have long recognized that they cannot win the votes of Americans through arguments, and have realized that their best shot at retaining power is to bring in people from third-world, left-leaning failed states and win by demographics. The Democratic Party should perhaps consider changing its name to the Demographic Party.
Saying no to immigrants from countries that are steeped in corruption and socialist or semi-socialist politics is not only about saving taxpayers’ money, but more importantly about saving America from becoming the very thing the president has highlighted.