The agglomeration of asylum seekers from Haiti wound up in a crisis amplified by the GOP. They’re not new migrants from Haiti, but from Brazil as CNN has reported, and they’ve been there for years. How was this organized since they wound up in the same Texas location. Social media seems a culprit, with some specific groups targeted.
A confluence of factors caused the sudden sharp increase at the Texas town of about 35,000 residents. Interviews with dozens of Haitian migrants, immigration attorneys and advocates reveal a phenomenon produced partly by confusion over the Biden administration’s policies after authorities recently extended protections for the more than 100,000 Haitians living in the United States.
It also reflects the power of Facebook, YouTube and platforms like WhatsApp, which migrants use to share information that can get distorted as it speeds through immigrant communities, directing migration flows. That’s especially true for tight-knit groups like the Creole-and-French-speaking Haitians, many of whom left their homeland after its devastating 2010 earthquake and have been living in Latin America, drawn by Brazil and Chile’s once-booming economies.
In a statement, Miller claimed he and his companions were detained and questioned for three hours, but that they “had nothing to say.” Miller is the founder of Gettr, a social media platform created to provide Trump a platform after he was booted from Twitter and Facebook. Nearly 14 percent of Gettr’s users are in Brazil.