Trump Claims ‘Very Bad People’ in Bahamas
President Donald Trump on Monday, Sept. 9th urged caution in admitting Bahamian residents into the United States, claiming ― with no apparent basis in fact ― that “very bad people” could be hidden among the hordes of Hurricane Dorian survivors attempting to flee the devastated archipelago.
Why is this evil?
The president of the United States is demonizing a population, in their greatest time of need, by describing the refugees of Bahamas as “very bad people” and claiming that there are “bad gang members and some very very bad drug dealers.” This type of rhetoric is dehumanizing, immoral, and irresponsible.
By making these public comments, the president is not only trying to depress the concern of the American people, but also use this tragedy to continue his war against minority immigrants.
“I don’t want to allow people who weren’t supposed to be in the Bahamas to come into the United States, including some very bad people and some very bad gang members and some very very bad drug dealers,”
America is the most powerful country in the world and when one of our neighbors goes through an epic tragedy like a category 5 hurricane that completely devastated their small island country, at the very least, we should be able to provide them with shelter and aid.
On Sunday, more than 100 Bahamians, mostly families with children, without visas were reportedly told to leave a Freeport, Bahamas ferry bound for Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. They were denied access to our shores because they didn’t go through the visa process.
The crazy thing is if they had flown to America instead of taking a boat, they would have been allowed into the country with only their passport and a police record.
This outdated visa policy does not make any sense and this is just another example of a republican administration that does not care about people in need, particularly those of color.
Views from every side
(The New York Times) NASSAU, the Bahamas — Destitute survivors of Hurricane Dorian who lost much of what they had to the powerful storm packed a government office in the Bahamas on Monday, desperate for a document that could be their ticket off the overwhelmed islands: a clean criminal record.
(NPR) NPR’s Michel Martin speaks with Florida state Rep. Shevrin Jones about a plan to bring Bahamians to the U.S. for assistance after Hurricane Dorian.
(The Washington Times) MIAMI (AP) – More than 100 Bahamians who hoped to evacuate to Florida after Hurricane Dorian but didn’t have visas were kicked off a ferry because operators failed to coordinate the mission with authorities, officials said Monday.
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