Immigration and human trafficking

Immigration and Human Trafficking


In his Monday column, my colleague Loïc Tassé raised the delicate issue of immigration. I am delighted that he did so and that he “transgressed” the rule of political correctness.

I wish to pursue the reflection on this question by deepening the choices at least questions from the US governors of Texas and Florida. 

As Loïc mentioned, the most recent coup of one of the two governors is that of Ron DeSantis. The latter, who would aim for the 2024 presidential election, is in the front row to testify to the complexity of the immigration problem. It is easy to understand that he wants to be heard by the presidency and Congress.

Political pawns

Is this what he just did by sending two planes loaded with migrants to Martha's Vineyard? Should we imitate this maneuver and reduce asylum seekers to political pawns? Progressive, independent and Democratic voices reacted swiftly, with many calling the operation human trafficking. 

They were most likely referring to the definition given by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights: “The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by the threat of use or use of force or other forms of coercion, by kidnapping, fraud, deception, abuse of authority or position of vulnerability, or by offering or accepting payments or benefits to obtain the consent of a person having authority over another for the purpose of exploitation. (…)»

Does the comparison seem exaggerated to you? The diverted intention? We will eventually know what the federal judges think of it, what will be drawn from the conclusions of an investigation in Bexar County, Texas, as well as the fruit of the work of the asylum seekers' lawyers and the director of the Lawyers for Civil group. Rights. 

Between illegality and cruelty

In the meantime, several questions remain unanswered. Did DeSantis claw back federal COVID money to fund the operation? What was the status of each migrant? Asylum seekers or illegal immigrants? In the second case, DeSantis would have committed a criminal act. 

Let us add to these legitimate questions the way in which the migrants would have been convinced to board the plane. They would have been promised jobs, accommodation or work permits. Not only were they lied to, but they were not informed of the destination, an island with no services to help them.

The problem of immigration is glaring and it is which explains why the border states benefit from federal subsidies to promote the supervision of those who present themselves at the border. These issues are constantly being discussed and negotiated.

For Governor DeSantis, negotiating in good faith was not an option. He preferred to resort to a cruel practice of gambling with human lives to score points against the Biden administration. Is this the kind of patterns we would emulate to limit illegal crossings through Roxham Road? jpg” alt=”Immigration and Human Trafficking” />