Adding Insult To Injury, Trump Offends Haitians On Earthquake Anniversary

Kevin Etienne holds up a sign as he listens to a news conference condemning President Trump's recent remarks denigrating Haiti, before a march to commemorate the eighth anniversary of the Haitian earthquake, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Miami, Fla.
Kevin Etienne holds up a sign as he listens to a news conference condemning President Trump's recent remarks denigrating Haiti, before a march to commemorate the eighth anniversary of the Haitian earthquake, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Miami, Fla. AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee
Kevin Etienne holds up a sign as he listens to a news conference condemning President Trump's recent remarks denigrating Haiti, before a march to commemorate the eighth anniversary of the Haitian earthquake, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Miami, Fla.
Kevin Etienne holds up a sign as he listens to a news conference condemning President Trump's recent remarks denigrating Haiti, before a march to commemorate the eighth anniversary of the Haitian earthquake, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Miami, Fla. AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee

Adding Insult To Injury, Trump Offends Haitians On Earthquake Anniversary

Friday marks 8 years since a magnitude 7 earthquake rocked Haiti leading to one of the biggest crises in modern Caribbean history. A hundred thousand Haitians fled to the United States, where the Obama Administration offered temporary protected status, an immigration designation intended for people fleeing disaster areas.

By most accounts, Haiti has yet to recover from the earthquake. Health and economic needs remain. Last year, President Trump repealed temporary protected status for Haitians, leaving their future up in the air. After a week of heated immigration talks, President Trump reportedly referred to countries with large immigration flows like Haiti as “shitholes.” Trump has denied that claim.

To discuss the president’s disparaging comments and reactions from Chicago’s Haitian community, we’re joined by Monique Germain, president of the Midwest Association of Haitian-American Women. She’s also a member of the Illinois Chapter of Haitian-American Nurses and travels to Haiti several times a year with humanitarian assistance.