Haiti Intervention Again Looms

Haiti Intervention Again Looms

By Joe Guzzardi

Responding to a U.S. worldwide threat assessment which found that Haitian “gangs will be more likely to violently resist a foreign national force deployment to Haiti because they perceive it to be a shared threat to their control and operations,” Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced that the U.S. would contribute $300 million to a Kenyan-led security mission. In a statement that comforted no one, Blinken continued with empty words. The U.S. supports the plan, he said, “to create a broad based, inclusive, independent presidential college” that would “take concrete steps to meet the immediate needs of Haitian people,” enable the security support mission’s “swift deployment”, and ultimately “create the security conditions that are necessary to hold free and fair elections, to allow humanitarian assistance to get to the people who need it, and to help put Haiti back on a path to economic opportunity and growth.” Specific details omitted.

Since Haiti’s 2010 earthquake, the federal government has sent $5.1 billion for post-disaster relief and reconstruction. During the decade between 2010-2020, the U.S. also provided $312 million to strengthen law enforcement and assist the Haitian National Police in maintaining peace and stability and to respond effectively to civil unrest. Talk about a lousy return on investment!

Since President Jovenel Moïse’s 2021 assassination, gangs have taken control of roughly 80 percent of the capitol and displaced more than 300,000 people with a campaign of kidnappings for ransom, rapes and killings. The worsening violence has deepened the catastrophe. Half of Haiti’s 11.8 million persons suffer from food insufficiency. Conditions deteriorated further this month when the gangs, which usually battle each other, joined together to attack Haiti’s international airport, its principal seaport and several police stations. Armed groups stormed Haiti’s largest prison and orchestrated a jailbreak for 4,000 murderers, kidnappers and rapists.

Haiti is a hell hole. Understandably, those who can get out will do so at their first opportunity. Since Florida has the U.S.’s largest Haitian population, about 488,000, the Sunshine State is their preferred destination. Governor Ron DeSantis advised that Florida Fish and Wildlife had interdicted a vessel headed for the Florida coast that carried 25 Haitian nationals, as well as firearms, drugs and night vision gear, inarguably an ominous sign. Not every fleeing Haitian is ill-intended but bad outcomes from mass migration are inevitable. Example: In the Boston suburb of Rockland, a 26-year-old Haitian, Cory Alvarez, is being held on charges of aggravated child rape of a 15-year-old handicapped girl. The alleged crime took place at a hotel converted to shelter for caught-and-released illegal immigrants. Dozens of other criminal violations have occurred that also involve so-called asylum seekers victimizing U.S. citizens.

The U.S. has a long, unsuccessful history of Haitian intervention. Three thousand U.S. Marine Corps troops occupied Haiti from 1915 to 1934 to restore financial and political stability during an era when U.S. bank interests were teetering. Two decades later, Washington initially supported the brutal, murderous François “Papa Doc” Duvalier dictatorship. After “Papa Doc’s” death, the U.S. acknowledged his son, “Baby Doc.” The federal government defended its pro-Duvalier position because both father and son were vigorous anti-Communists. Then, about 20,000 U.S. forces invaded Haiti in 1994 to restore ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and returned in 2004 to reestablish order after Aristide fled into exile. In 2011, the U.S. helped Michel Martelly win the Haitian presidency. Martelly is better known as pop singer “Sweet Micky.” Last year, the U.N. accused Martelly of using gangs to expand his influence to advance his political agenda that contributed to ongoing instability, the effects of which linger today.

Various White House administrations have acted aggressively on Haiti’s behalf. In 1998, the Clinton administration passed the Haitian Refugee Immigrant Fairness Act Amnesty that granted permanent residency status to approximately 125,000 Haitians, their wives and children on the condition that they had been physically present in the U.S. for at least one year and were physically present in the U. S. on the date the adjustment application was filed. President Biden included Haitians in his CHNV parole program which allows up to 30,000 inadmissible nationals from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela to enter per month on two-year parole periods that include work authorization. Under a provision of the Refugee Assistance Education Act of 1980, every Cuban and Haitian national who has been admitted under the CHNV program is eligible to immediately apply for Medicaid, SNAP, and TANF as well as every national of either country who was paroled after making an appointment at a port of entry using the CBP- One app. Also included for affirmative benefits are every Cuban and Haitian national apprehended at the Southwest border and either paroled or placed into removal proceedings. Alvarez, the Haitian accused child rapist, entered under CHNV.

Moreover, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced on December 5, 2022, that he will extend and re-designate Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). TPS protects aliens from removal if they entered the U. S. prior to a country’s TPS designation; the program provides beneficiaries work authorization. TPS beneficiaries rarely return home; the label “temporary” translates to “permanent.”

Although the predicted Haitian surge to the U.S. has not happened yet, the U.S. should assure that it does not. That means that in addition to measures like those that DeSantis has taken to shore up enforcement to keep Haitian aliens out, the federal government should consider sending troops to Haiti to restore order and to minimize its nationals’ efforts to flee. The U.S. cannot become the last port in every global storm. The likelihood of Biden sending a small peace-keeping contingent to Haiti is near zero. The president has demonstrated repeatedly that he does not care about the chaos and violence that unfettered illegal immigration spawns.

Joe Guzzardi is a Project for Immigration Reform analyst who has written about immigration for more than 30 years. Contact him at jguzzardi@ifspp.org

Haiti Intervention Again Looms

Haiti Intervention Again Looms

Haitian Protests Cause Speculation

Haitian Protests Cause Speculation — Yesterday’s (Nov. 18) commemoration of the Battle of Vertières included massive protests and a government reaction that has left at least six dead in Haiti.

The demonstrators’ motive is reportedly massive government corruption, namely the squandering of billions  from socialist Venezuela’s discounted PetroCaribe oil program.

Not being reported is the massive corruption connected to the Clinton Foundation and the allegations of Haiti being a major source for child trafficking.

Also not being widely reported are allegations that a UN security team was involved in a massacre.

The Battle of Vertières on Nov. 18, 1803 was a victory of Haitians over the French and established the nation’s independence.

Haitian Protests Cause Speculation


Haitian Protests Cause Speculation

Rendell Haitian Trip Hot Blonde Glory Grab

Rendell Haitian Trip Hot Blonde Glory Grab —  Jason Altmire had been a lobbyist for, and former acting vice president at, UPMC, an integrated global health enterprise headquartered in Pittsburgh that is affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh.

In 2006, he was elected to Congress to represent Pennsylvania’s Fourth District as a Democrat.

Rendell Haitian Trip Hot Blonde Glory Grab
Gov. Rendell with Leslie Merrill McCombs at a 2007 Pittsburgh Pirates game.

Mary Beth Buchanan, a Republican former U.S. attorney for Western Pennsylvania  who had announced she was considering a run against Altmire this November, began organizing a mission two days after the Jan. 12 Haitian earthquake to render aid to Jamie and Ali McMutrie, Pittsburgh-area sisters who were running a orphanage in Port-au-Prince and rescue the orphans.

She enlisted Valerie May, a Pittsburgh immigration lawyer, to smooth the way for the children’s entrance and contacted Dr. Mary Carrasco, an old friend who was director of A Child’s Place, based at UPMC Mercy hospital who connected her with Kathy McCauley, a grants consultant, who began gathering supplies.

By the end of the day she had received permission from Joseph Klaus, U.S. Customs port director for Pittsburgh, for the children to enter the country  humanitarian parole.

It was then that Leslie Merrill McCombs appeared on scene.

Mrs. McCombs is the hot blonde senior consultant for government relations at UPMC who developed a close working relationship with Gov. X-Man Rendell while successfully lobbying on behalf of Lions Gate Entertainment for the $75 million 2007 Pennsylvania Film Tax Credit program.

Mrs McCombs never disclosed the relationship — with Lions Gate that is albeit she vociferously denied having one with X-Man– and wound up being fined $5,025 in July 2009 for failing to reveal being a lobbyist.

Anyway, Mrs. McCombs told Mrs. Buchanan that UPMC would be the sole handler of the rescue mission, a mission that would eventually include Gov. Rendell, Congressman Altmire, but not Mrs. Buchanan.

Wonder what Congressman Altmire and Gov. Rendell have in mind to pay her and UPMC back?

Rendell Haitian Trip Hot Blonde Glory Grab

Was Rendell’s Haitian Rescue A Glory-Grab, After All?

PaWaterCooler.Com is reporting that Gov. Rendell flew to Haiti to deliver medical supplies and rescue 54 orphans after a woman who is a former U.S. attorney for Western Pennsylvania did  the work in organizing the effort.

Mary Beth Buchanan spent four days, according to PaWaterCooler, obtaining clearance for the children to enter the United States, medical supplies,  physicians to escort the children and  an airplane cleared to land in Haiti.

The only thing she failed to get was the airplane, in lieu of which came an interrogation from a senior consultant for UPMC — a major health facility headquartered in Pittsburgh — regarding the details  of her mission. The supplies Ms. Buchanan had gathered were the ones carried to Haiti by Rendell.

Ms. Buchanan is openly mulling a challenge to incumbent Congressman Jason Altmire (D-Pa4). Altmire is an ally of Rendell and has close connections with UPMC where he was a former acting vice president.

God Bless Rendell (for a change)

Ed Rendell has not been the most competent governor to lead our state but God bless him for the effort he put out to rescue those 54 orphans from Haiti and for persevering through the garbage thrown at him to get the job done.

Here’s a story about what the mission had to go through before a successful end.