Although they are rich in unlimited capital and unlimited resources, due to their political illiteracy, their low energy to integrate into US politics and local governments, and their inability to become a political force to attract US lawmakers, the Haitian diaspora in the United States is better suited to influence public policy in Haiti.
Research has shown that involving the diaspora in their home country stimulates economic growth and social development. They further find that diasporas have the skills and resources to invest in building physical capital and productivity, thereby helping to increase job creation, living standards and higher growth. Additionally, they state that diasporas love their country so much that they will be altruistic to put the country’s needs before their own when allowed to get involved.
These researchers based their conclusions on recognize the massive contributions of diasporas to their home countries through remittances. These conclusions are not credible, valid and transferable; they lack reliable data to become facts. Researchers show that diasporas have economic strengths, however, they fail to show that they lack the political strengths to add value to government or be successful.
Continuing these findings and examining how their remittances positively affect their country’s gross domestic product, members of the diaspora develop the ego of returning to their home countries to run for office; presenting themselves as the mavericks of the fight against corruption, economic development and law and order.
This is the situation of the Haitian diaspora; they seek to run for office, lobby for a transitional diaspora-led government, and hold critical positions in the Haitian government. Hence the reason, the US government does not take them seriously. Haitian leaders do not trust them, and the Haitian people do not count on them to take control of the country. Their civic actions to improve Haiti’s economic conditions are wrong because they believe that their money-sending behavior gives them political power.
The Haitian diaspora is energized whenever a political event in Haiti crosses international borders. To manipulate the narrative and show their concerns, they are sending letters to U.S. lawmakers asking for their support. On the other hand, few others organize street protests or march towards Washington. The letters show that at this point only Haitian-Americans have the intellect, the resources, the instinct and the will to fight systemic corruption and end the current criminal enterprise; the only thing they lack is American support.
With all of their remittances and even growing capital combined, the Haitian diaspora lacks the skills to drive Haiti towards full independence and inclusive sovereignty. Although they have lived in the United States for over 100 years, they lack the strategic communication to woo the Haitian community at large and American lawmakers. They also lack partnerships and connections with local business communities, government networks and political parties.
The above would benefit them by mobilizing international support and strengthening the institutions of the country of origin. As it stands, the diaspora is weak and unattractive, with no political merit. It operates as an autonomous entity only to gain US support against Haiti and, in the process, neglecting the grassroots leaders who currently defend Haitian democracy and human rights. Local Haitians have yet to trust the Haitian diaspora due to the feeling that any diaspora-led initiative or any Haitian-American in government as a presidential or elected candidate will open the door to US interference, as they will always be inclined to favor American interests over those of Haiti in times of conflict, especially elections and foreign policy.
A politically influential diaspora will enhance the economic value of the diaspora where Haitian-Americans will have the tools to lobby for policy changes in Haiti and the United States. A multi-pronged strategy is paramount to strengthening the diaspora as a political force with the ability to vote to influence U.S. foreign policy in Haiti.
Until they learn about Haiti’s policymaking, build the bridge that brings foreign investment to Haiti, and come together to turn their remittances into investments, Haitian immigrants should stay away. of this desire to run for office and receive presidential appointments. They must also refrain from calling on the United States to impose a transitional diaspora-led government in Haiti.