Lesson of the day: “Thousands of Haitians allowed to stay in the United States as the Texas camp empties”

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In recent weeks, more than 9,000 migrants, mostly from Haiti, have camped on the border between the United States and Mexico in the hope of entering the United States. Last week, after the release of images and videos of U.S. Border Patrol agents on horseback seizing and chasing Haitian migrants, the United States began deporting Haitian individuals and families. They return to a country still reeling from a series of crises, including the assassination of its president in July, an earthquake in August, internal political struggles and a food shortage.

In this lesson, you will learn about the continuous journey of those who attempt to migrate. Then you will participate in a discussion on immigration policy.

Part I. History of Haiti

What do you know about the history of Haiti? Did you learn anything about the Haitian Revolution? The role of the occupation and American interventions in the country? The multiple devastating earthquakes? The recent assassination of its president?

Read this brief history of Haiti to learn more about the country. It begins:

Haiti has been thwarted by outside interests since its very founding as a country.

For decades the European powers, and later the United States, refused to recognize it as an independent republic.

The Caribbean nation became the world’s first black-ruled republic when it declared independence from France on New Years Day 1804. On that day, Santo Domingo, once the wealthiest colony in France, known as the “Pearl of the Antilles”, became Haiti.

It was a land long coveted for its riches in sugar, coffee and cotton, brought to the market by slaves. His declaration of independence meant that, for the first time, a people brutally enslaved had wrested their freedom from the colonial masters. But he only came after decades of bloody warfare.

You can also watch this six minute video, produced by AJ +, part of Al Jazeera Media Network, which focuses on the important role France and the United States have played in contributing to Haiti’s struggles. You can take notes by writing down three things you learn and two questions you still have.

Clyde P. Johnson