№9 — Things A Dictator Would Do And Say
The DHS/TPS Announcement — From Things Only A Dictator Would Do And Say Series#9
Despite the self-indulgent attitudes and behaviors of President Trump’s reign thus far, there are certain aspects to his administration that are indicative of this contemporary government’s perceptible dictatorship. The “Things A Dictator Would Do And Say” series is premised upon empirical sources that reinforce the analyses that I reference to substantiate my opinion of the Trump Administration.
Here is another one of a series of ongoing analysis of the Trump Administration. The Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security announced her decision¹ to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Haiti on Monday. I can only imagine how solemn a Thanksgiving dinner this will be for the families affected by this decision. The TPS status was granted after the country was sent reeling from the 2010 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated residences, and commercial buildings with an estimated death toll that has been reported to be upwards of 100,000. Under the TPS, reportedly, 60,000 Haitians will have up to 18 months to leave the United States.
More than half the Haitians affected by Monday’s announcement³ live in Florida, where lawmakers had asked that they be allowed to remain. The lawmakers cited ongoing economic and political difficulties in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, as well as a still-raging cholera epidemic.
According to the announcement and to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, has bounced back tremendously.
In May 2017, then-Secretary Kelly announced a limited extension for Haiti’s TPS designation, stating that he believed there were indications that Haiti — if its recovery from the 2010 earthquake continued at pace — may not warrant further TPS extension past January 2018. At the time, then-Secretary Kelly stated that his six-month extension should give Haitian TPS recipients living in the United States time to attain travel documents and make other necessary arrangements for their ultimate departure from the United States, and should also provide the Haitian government with the time it needs to prepare for the future repatriation of all current TPS recipients¹.
“Donald Trump’s cruelty knows no bounds,” he said in a statement. “He’s taken away protections for immigrant children and their parents, and now he’s going after U.S. residents whose home countries have been devastated by war and environmental disaster.” __Tom Perez, Chairman of the DNC
One important feature of dictatorship concludes that their decision making is incredibly irrational. The International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences aptly describes this feature ⁴ as…
[(4) The] predominantly aggressive, impulsive form of decision making. The domestic and foreign policies followed by the dictator and/or the leading political elite are usually made impulsively and are inspired by a dynamic political activism, often based upon an ideological Messianism and aimed at transforming or disciplining the society.
This sort of callousness has been part and parcel a winning campaign endeavor for Trump, as the dehumanization of others goes unhinged and unchecked by a labile Trump Administration.
Marleine Bastien, executive director of the Haitian Women of Miami ⁵, said that more than 32,000 Haitians with temporary status live in Florida. Many have been living in the United States for up to 20 years.
“We are talking about people who have deep roots in the community,” Bastien said. “These are people who own homes, who have reached the American Dream to own a home, and started business. Eighty-five percent of them are working.”
Many more of our guests are tax paying, hard working contributors to our economy, and to which also serves as an inspirational aspect of the fulfillment of American democracy.
While it may seem far-fetched or even a stretch that our constitution would allow government to accede to a dictatorship, there are actual nuances that endorse and conclude a semblance of an ominous tyranny taking hold of our democracy — an immigrant nation principled on prosperity, equality and good will.