The Journal of the Haitian Immigrants Often times as an American I hear and have said all these people are coming to the Unites States and are taking our Jobs. They are coming over here working for pennies making it difficult for an American worker to negotiate their salary to be paid their worth. We all know an employer is going to go with the lowest cost for labor, especially when the same level of quality will be delivered.
These people are more appreciative of their Job; whereas, an American is barely working enough to rightfully deserve the salary they are being paid. Most American workers outputting qualitative performance are micro managed; this is the only way employers will maximize on their labor cost being provided to the American worker. As an American, I have seen these people come to this United States and capitalize on our resources, the same ones we take for granted. The American citizen’s rebuttal is they are taking opportunity away from the American people.
Americans feel like these people come to the United States to take over; to implant their culture into the very perfect American society, and way of life. Some Americans feel our economic dilemma is a exult of these people over populated our country; they put more responsibility on the economy, and sometimes receive more government aide than the American born citizens from local and state agencies. They are offered more programs, and excused from their wrong doings-with the reason, they didn’t understand, in their country things are different.
The most common reason is, they have not adapted to the American way of life. The American culture is very complex they need time to adjust. I was very biased about these people coming to the United States legally or illegally and imposing harm upon the American people. These people who were diseased infested, and conformed to a lower standard of living; were the deteriorating factor in the American society. These people were the reason HIVE/AIDS has such a dominant presence in the United States.
These people, whom I have put myself and many other Americans so far above, are Haitian immigrants. It wasn’t Just me who had connected with my Haitian background; in 2008 nearly 800,000 Americans identified Haitian as their ancestry. (Roberts New Work’s Haitian Diaspora) In getting to know my Haitian family, I learned of the struggles they encountered, the pain they endured, sacrifices hey had to make, and their reasons for wanting to escape to America to create a higher quality of life for themselves.
The Journey of Haitian immigrants still has no destination; as the obstacles they encountered in the past or yet still present today In Haiti, a country long plagued with political instability and violence, people are facing the latest burden?a global financial crisis?on top of decades of chaotic elections, inconsistent international policy, systemic government corruption, a HIVE/Lads epidemic, deadly natural disasters, and abject poverty. All this wanton chaos and corruption long ago scared off potential foreign investors and spurred a massive drain of Wait’s educated class.
But the very poor migrate too, usually by boat the neighboring Islands and the United States. Dean-François 2) While connecting myself with the history of my family and the struggles they faced in their homeland, Haiti, I Degas to realize now selects I was, now sell consumed ten American people were when viewing immigration. As American we rarely take the time to understand the true underlying issues of the people who flee to our country. We only saw it has resigned coming to our country taking over, absorbing our resources, and reaping the benefits of our tax dollars.
When in essence “these people;” as I once called them, my family, were only looking for a way to survive. They were trying to escape the demon of poverty, the plagued of HIVE/AIDS, and the re-occurring disasters. Unlike Americans, Haitian people did not choices of rather they wanted to go to school, graduated and attend college; acquire a trade and start their own business; having the luxury to live in a home sufficient to the size of the family; or even chose what they would want to eat for dinner.
Options, was not a part of the Haitian vocabulary; however, survivor by any meaner necessary was and still is mandatory. In her Journal writing Jean-François, speaks about Haitian having rough even after they enter the United States, they are the only group indiscriminately repatriated if captured entering or illegally living in the United States. The way of life for Haitian will always encounter some sort difficulties, rather they are legally or illegally in the United States; even those who make it to the United States or subject to detention and deportation. Mean-François 7) Previous studies of Haitian immigrant and refugee out have emphasized “exterminating” behaviors, such as substance use, high risk sexual behavior, and delinquency, with very little information available on “internalizing” symptoms, such as depression and anxiety. Analyzing stress and “internalizing” symptoms offers a more balanced picture of the type of social and mental health services that may be needed for this population.
The present study aims to: 1) estimate the prevalence of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PUTS) among Haitian immigrant youth; and 2) examine factors associated with depression and PUTS to identify potential areas of intervention that may enhance psychosocial health outcomes among immigrant youth from Haiti in the U. S. (BMW Public Health 1) The findings in the above study solidifies the characters that were displayed by my cousin when she first arrived to the United State, she was very withdrawer and to herself. She had encounters with several different male friends, and was introduced to her best friend-marijuana.
In the beginning no one understood the cause of her behavior; later after many sessions with the school’s psychologist, the cause of her behavior was due to the drastic change in culture, and her wanting to fit in and belong. She was trying to block out the bad experiences and poor living she had in Haiti by consuming herself with things she thought would make her popular give her a sense of belonging. I can remember times when she would become angry if someone looked at her too long, or would literary walk up to another student and pick fight if she thought they were making fun of her accent.
It took her a long time to adjust to the new way of life, and deal with the separation anxiety, because her mother was not able to come to the United States with her. My mother was only able to sponsor my cousin because she would be considered a detent studying abroad in the United States; my aunt at the time could not get approval because she was very ill, and my mother’s disposable income was not sufficient enough to sponsor both of them, and provide medical care for my Aunt.
My Aunt who was infected with HIVE was not allowed to come due to one of the immigrant walkers; wanly Disloyally states Tanat an alien was not allowed to apply Tort cleanups is the family member was not able to care for them financially and cover their medical expenses. The exact wording of the waiver is as follows: When an alien applies for immigrant or permanent resident status, he must disclose his HIVE status on the application and, if he is HIVE-positive, may simultaneously apply for a waiver of the exclusion.
The first waiver, available to general immigrants under the INN, requires the immigrant to have an immediate family member in the United States who is a citizen or lawful permanent resident. (no) The idea behind this requirement is that family members will help to care, financially and otherwise, for HIVE-positive relatives, thus relieving the financial burden on the government (Cook Volvo 9 Sis 2) My other with tears in her eyes had to leave her sister behind, in a country plagued with a disease, where medical resources were at a minimum; my mother knew the chances of her sister surviving were very low.
It’s very hard to believe that Haiti was once a very wealthy country, with many resources. Tutsis states that Haiti was once France’s wealthiest colony, rich in sugar, coffee, indigo, cotton, and a defiant black populace determined like no other to live in freedom. In 1791, black Haitian wrenched their country from the hands of French landowners and slavers. They whipped first the French landowners then Spanish and then British troops. Slavery was abolished in 1793.
By 1804, the island known as Saint-Dominique, proclaimed its independence and a new aboriginal Indian name: Haiti, meaning mountainous (Volvo 101 Sis 4) Before their nation became independent in 1804, Haitian have been migrating to the United States. Driven by political depression and instability of the economy, most Haitian in the sass and sass were making their way to the United States. (Roberts New Work’s Haitian Diaspora) In addition to the massive migration in the sass; there were two waves of Haitian immigrants 1791 and 1803 around the time of the Haitian Revolution.
The first group represented a cross-section of the then French colony society, that left the island due to political and economic troubles caused by the slave revolt, led Haiti to independence in 1804 (Cheerier 4). The first wave of Haitian immigrants populated the cities of, Baltimore, Charleston, and New York. The essence of their presence was felt through the creation of successful businesses and organizations (Cheerier 4). In making this point Cheerier, puts validation to the claims of Haitian immigrants coming to the United States capitalizing on the American resources made available to them.
The Haitian people’s grate to the United States was not to intrude and take over; but to create and expand. The Haitian immigrates never had bad intents towards the American people. Haitian wanted to show America they could positively contribute to improving the American society and culture. The first factor that caused a mass migration of Haitian immigrants to the United States was between 1957 and 1990 according to Cheerier was due to three major factors.
One being politicians and members of the upper class left due to the force François Devalued used to gain his dictatorship. In 1971 when Devalued died and his son took over the condition of the Haitian economy became worse, migrants from urban and rural areas began to arrive in the United States in bigger numbers (Cheerier 4) Cheerier, states most of these later Haitian immigrants were undocumented “boat people (4). The second push factor; in 1957 the closing of the sugar cane industry to Haitian seasonal worker was the rise of Castro regime.
I Nils dealt a major Doll to ten Halt economy; teen could no longer rely on remittances from migrants who had established long-term associations with growers in Cuba. The third push factor was the Civil rights Act of 1964, which signaled a lessening of racial tension in American society and a move toward reintegration policies (Leaguers 76). Haitian felt the Civil Rights movement gave black immigrants the opportunity to be more welcomed, and an easier transition into the American society (Cheerier 4).
The Haitian people came to America with a plan, they looked out for one another to ensure they would put themselves in better shape. The Haitian people wanted to take advantage of the doors of opportunity the Civil Rights movement would open for them. The civil rights movement would decrease the barriers felt due to racial prejudice. Haitian families continued to have tight bonds with their family members even when they migrated to the United States. All the family members had a voice when it came to the betterment of the family as a whole.
Haitian immigrants used the funds they made from businesses to invest in other entities; migrating to the United States was the resolution to the life of poverty, better education, and their ability to transition and succeed in the American way of life. Even now Haiti is still a victim of poor political decisions, and a very demanding and structured that has not been detailed to increase the life of the Haitian people. I remembering going to Joana after the disaster when they open up the airlines, I was so afraid of what I was going to see.
I was more afraid of how my mother would handle the news of any lost relatives. My great Aunt said the earthquake gave her flashbacks of how poor Haiti was in the past. There are hundreds of homeless children some who are dying from starvation. Twits writes about the large posters with pictures of children smiling; some of the posters the children have the words imprinted above their head, “Queue vex- TU deter quant TU sera grand? ” (What do you want to be when you grow up? The response beneath the picture: “Vanilla” (Alive) (Volvo 101 Sis 4).
Haiti is still a very poor country and their economy is definitely struggling trying to recover from the hurricane. The Haitian people are still trying to migrate to the United States, the change to the immigration law and the different campaigns going to help Haiti since the hurricane has allowed some Haitian to come to the United States to start over. There are others who still struggle and held captive in Haiti. Over the years I have become more in touch with my Haitian heritage, more knowledgeable on the history of Haiti. I have learned to let go of selfishness, and to stop being so consumed with me.
I now understand that Haitian immigrants or immigrants from any country do not take anything away from the American people, they do not make our lives difficult, they do not take away our Jobs, and they do not absorb our resources; immigrants Just appreciate what the American people have taken for granted. That is, “The Bare Necessities of Life” and Family. Immigration is resolution for the Haitian people, and diversity for America the American people Bibliography: Brett D. Thomas, et al. “Perceived Discrimination and Its Association With