It’s safe to say that Jim Kenny, the mayor of Philadelphia, really isn’t a fan of Donald Trump. He’s long since outwardly criticized the president, and has challenged or denounced several Trump policies since he first took office.
But what really led Mayor Jim Kenny to name calling, was the president’s recent decision to send 60,000 Hatians, currently taking refugee in America, back to their home country, which is still suffering from the devestating 2010 earthquake.
The death toll of the earthquake is reported to be over 300,000 people. Years later, the small Caribbean nation of Haiti is still reeling from the deadly natural disaster. 1.5 million people were displaced by the earthquake. In fact, the UN admitted in 2016, that the peacekeepers who responded to the natural disaster actually played a significant role in spreading the cholera outbreak which continues to claim lives.
Under the Obama Administration Haitian citizens and victims of the earthquake were allowed to enter the U.S. to seek refugee, where they could legally live and work without fear of deportation. Now, president Trump is overturning this Obama era policy, forcing Haitian citizens who came to the U.S. under this policy to leave the country by July of 2019, or face deportation. The overturning of the Obama era policy means that 60,000 Haitians must leave the U.S., even it it means leaving their American born children behind.
Here is Mayor Jim Kenny’s response for the Trump Administration’s decision to end the protected status of Haitian immigrants:
‘There is no compassion whatsoever in the White House. I’m just beside myself with sadness because our president is a bully, our president is a punk, and he just doesn’t get it.’
It’s clear that Kenny acknowledges the fact that suddenly forcing Haitian citizens, who came here legally, and have lived in this country for nearly a decade, is morally wrong. In his own words, it’s that kind of unethical behavior that makes Trump a “bully,” and a “punk.”
Interestingly enough, the Trump Administration’s decision to end Haitian immigrants’ protected status is in direct conflict with statements Trump made previously. At one point, Trump vowed to be the “champion” for the Haitian people.
The Trump Administration justified their decision to force Haitian citizens back to their home country by saying, that the growth in the Haitian economy has made it a suitable place for refugees to return to. They also claimed that the political climate in Haiti is now more stable than it was immediately following the earthquake.
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