Sep 16, 2019
Undamaged Florida lies just 2½ hours by boat from the worst-hit islands of the Bahamas, where tens of thousands of people have lost their homes. The U.S. has fleets of ships, helicopters, and airplanes, poised to go anywhere in the world. Yet did the U.S. help the hurricane’s survivors? Just the opposite.
Not only did the U.S. not send help, it kept survivors out. Hundreds of people crowded onto a ferry in the city of Freeport in the Bahamas, waiting to flee to Florida. But they were forced off by a crewmember announcing: “Please, all passengers that don’t have a U.S. visa, please proceed to disembark.”
Donald Trump defended this move, tweeting that we “have to be very careful” and that “everybody needs totally proper documentation.” Trump explained: “I don’t want to allow people that weren’t supposed to be in the Bahamas into the United States – including some very bad people and very bad gang members.”
The people he’s talking about are the Haitian workers living in the Bahamas, who went there in the first place to flee the poverty imposed on their homeland by U.S. imperialism and prior catastrophic storms. They were the ones hardest hit by the hurricane. Trump’s attitude is to let these people die.
It makes you wish a hurricane would wipe out Trump’s Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago, while he’s vacationing there. Who would send a life boat?