As I blogged back in 2010:
Neocon insider Elliott Abrams, JPod’s brother-in-law and the Bush Administration’s top man on Middle East policy (which was a pretty hilarious job for a man who had spent the 1990s campaigning against intermarriage), explains in the Washington Post that we should let in more Haitians:
What Haiti needs: A Haitian diaspora
By Elliott Abrams
Friday, January 22, 2010
As Max Boot might say, you can never have too much cannon fodder!
There’s a fundamental tradeoff, however:
- Either, we let in Haiti’s educated minority, but that just makes Haiti dumber, which isn’t good for Haiti. And there isn’t even much of an educated class left in Haiti after decades of brain drain by emigation. Wikipedia’s article on Papa Doc says:
His rule, based on a purged military, a rural militia and the use of personality cult and vodoo, resulted in a brain drain from which the country has not recovered. … Educated professionals fled Haiti in droves for New York City, Miami, French-speaking Montreal, Paris, and several French-speaking African countries, exacerbating an already serious lack of doctors and teachers. Some of the highly skilled professionals joined the ranks of several UN agencies to work in development in newly-independent nations such as Ivory Coast, and Congo. The country has never recovered from this brain drain.
Contra Elliott Abrams, Haiti already has a diaspora.
- Or, we admit uneducated Haitian peasants who can’t earn much money in the U.S. and have a very high birth rate.
Which one will it be?