On Wednesday, August 19, two South Boston men “inspired” by Donald Trump, pissed on and brutally beat a 58-year-old homeless Latino with a metal pole. Trump and most of the rest of the Republican candidates want to do away with “birthright” citizenship. And even before Trump began to whip up the white lumpen, “between 2011 and 2012, hate crime attacks on Hispanics increased three-fold. For every 1,000 Hispanics over age 12, two reported having been attacked.”
A day earlier, on August 18 in the Dominican Republic—which has effectively done away with birthright citizenship, and is in the middle of a not-so-slow motion pogrom against Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent—a Haitian man was killed by a Dominican mob with a machete after being accused of sexually assaulting a Dominican woman. His house and business were burnt to the ground. The murder took place in the community of Hatillo Palma, home until recently to about 6,000–8,000 Haitian migrants and Haitian-descended peoples. A mob then burned down a boarding house that was home to 40 Haitian agricultural workers.
There are reports that almost the entire Haitian and Haitian-descended community has left the region in fear over the last 36 hours following the murder, leaving with all their belongings in pick-up trucks, adding to the stream of tens of thousands of “self-deported” flowing into Haiti. One source says that of the 8,000 Haitian workers who had been employed on the region’s banana plantations, only 200 remain—driven away by not just this incident but similar, earlier attacks.
Bill O’Reilly recently got a lot of press for telling Trump that “the federal courts will never allow mass deportations without due process for each and every one. And do you envision federal police kicking in the doors in barrios around the country, dragging families out?” But sometimes the Republicans are right. Just let the private sector do its work.