Debbie: One of the things you mentioned in your last article – you were down in Nicaragua and in Costa Rica. And you met a lot of Haitians. And, you said they actually had jobs where they ended up in a south America country, after their earthquake. And they were doing well. They were thriving. They had nice lives, jobs. But they were coming across the border. Tell me about that.
Bensman: Most Americans have no idea that the vast majority of Haitians that are coming across are not from Haiti. They haven’t been in Haiti in years. Most Haitians that we are seeing coming across right now are actually coming from Chile, a country that has the strongest economy in South America. They are very well put together. They also are very generous, the Chilean government, with providing work authorization and residency to at least 185,000 Haitians. I did not meet a single Haitian coming to the US border who was actually coming from Haiti. But the American public has this perception and this narrative that these are all desperately fleeing people from the Haitian president who was just assassinated. So now I guess we’ll start to hear about this, ‘oh my god! Our president was assassinated! Let us in!’ But that is absolutely the furthest from the actual reality.
These Haitians were living for four, five, six years in relative prosperity, economic stability for sure. With housing, jobs. Raising children in the best economy and in one of the most beautiful countries in South America….Chile. They decided to come now because they saw a chance to just upgrade. So far from being desperate and fleeing, they’re just trading up, getting an upgrade. Because they realized the Biden administration is letting in families. So, if you’re seeing all families cross the border and getting legalized and put on a bus through Dallas Texas and taking selfies and sending those down the line, you’re coming too. I should add that they are all going to apply for asylum, political asylum… which offers protection from political persecution by governments. I asked dozens of Haitians while I was down there in Nicaragua and Costa Rica: Did you feel persecution in Chile? And the answer was no 100 percent of the time. They have praise for Chile and the government. So they’re all going to apply for asylum here, and they’re all going to lose. They are not getting asylum in the United States. But Debbie, that’s not the game. The game is to get in, lose five years later after the adjudication and you’ve had three more American citizen children, and you never have to be deported. You are going to live illegally and join the millions and millions of people in this population that DHS has never been able to reduce.