Camp of the Saints was supposed to be a ludicrous fable.
In August, Revolver described how Jean Raspail’s 1973 novel, where French society and culture collapse beneath an avalanche of Third World immigration its leaders are to too cowardly to stop, exhibits jarring similarities to America’s self-inflicted meltdown at the Mexican border.
We wrote then that:
“Camp of the Saints is no longer fiction. The Biden administration has made it reality along the U.S.-Mexico border. Right before our eyes, the government of the United States is deciding that, in fact, the United States doesn’t really exist at all.”
We only made only one mistake in that piece: We imagined that the Biden Administration had reached rock bottom. But in fact, over the past two months, the similarities between Raspail’s book and America’s insane reality have only grown.
In Raspail’s Camp of the Saints, the collapse of French civilization beneath a tidal wave of Third World migration happens over just a handful of days. In an essay written for the book’s 1985 edition, Raspail admitted his book’s plot was an artistic, accelerated presentation of changes that would actually unfold over many years and even decades.
If [Camp] is a prophecy, we live its beginnings today. Simply, in Camp of the Saints, it is treated as a classic tragedy, according to the literary principles of unity of time, place and action: everything takes place within three days along the shores of Southern France, and it is there that the destiny of white people is sealed. Though the action was then already well developed along the lines described in Camp of the Saints (boat people, the radicalization of the North Africa community and of other foreign groups in France, the strong psychological impact of human rights organizations, the inflamed evangelism of the religious leadership, a hypocritical purity of consciences, refusal to look the truth in the fact, etc.) in actuality the unraveling will not take place in three days but, almost certainly, after many convulsions, during the first decades of the third millennium, barely the time of one or two generations. [The Camp of the Saints, Author’s Introduction to 1985 edition]
But President Biden is proving that Raspail’s aesthetic choice is far closer to reality than he could have ever anticipated. Not only is the unraveling taking place in the first quarter of the 21st century, but, just as in Raspail’s novel, today’s unraveling can now be measured in days and weeks rather than in years and decades.
In Raspail’s book, the cascade begins with a vast flotilla of migrants sailing from India, but it does not end there. When that flotilla is let in without resistance, additional flotillas immediately launch from Africa, and within a matter of days, that is that: France is abolished, replaced by a new government of those newly-arrived from the Global South.
And so it is unfolding at the US border. The first months of President Biden’s term focused on the massive, unresisted influx of migrants from Central America. But with hundreds of thousands successfully crossing the border every month, it was inevitable that other nations and other peoples, speaking different languages, would get the message.
And so, the special twist on this phase of the border crisis is the arrival of 15,000 or more ethnic Haitians, who have decided collectively and all at once that now is their best shot to permanently move to the United States.
BREAKING: I am absolutely stunned by what I’m witnessing right now. We are on a boat in the Rio Grande near the Del Rio international bridge and we are watching as masses of hundreds of migrants walk across the river from Mexico and stream into the US illegally. @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/xXE4pDkpIe
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) September 18, 2021
For a brief moment, the Biden Administration made a pretense of trying to stop the human flood. They chartered flights to Haiti and began loading migrants onto them. A few thousand really were sent back to Haiti.
But then on Sunday, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas admitted what anybody with a brain knew was inevitable: The vast majority of the Haitians were being swiftly released into the American interior, and anyone with a brain knows that the vast majority will never leave.
“Of the 17,400 that weren’t deported back or returned on their own to Mexico . . . how many have been released into the U.S.?” Wallace asked.
“They’re released on conditions, and approximately I think it’s about 10,000 or so, 12,000,” Mayorkas responded. Regarding the 5,000 migrants still in processing, Mayorkas said any potential deportations would be made based on “our public health and public interest authorities.”
“So would we talk about a total of 12,000, or could it be even higher?” Wallace said.
“It could be even higher, [or] the number who are returned could be even higher,” Mayorkas said.
On Monday last week, Mayorkas warned that any migrants who come to the U.S. “will be returned.” [National Review]
You knew it would turn out this way. In 2021 America, any other outcome would be inconceivable. Even when Biden had only deported a few hundred Haitians, his White House was already under siege from its own supporters, outraged that a single aspiring American welfare recipient was being turned away.
“That ICE would continue to carry out the mass deportations of our Haitian neighbors—with Haiti in the midst of its worst political, public health and economic crises yet—is cruel and callous,” said Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.).
“We are in utter disbelief that the Biden Administration would deport Haitians now. Hours after the 7.2 magnitude earthquake, President Joe Biden released a statement saying that the United States was a ‘friend’ of Haiti. A ‘friend’ does not continuously inflict pain on another friend,” said Guerline Jozef, co-founder and executive director of the Haitian Bridge Alliance.
Defenders of Haitian migrants are particularly enraged about the Biden administration’s decision to repatriate Haitians, as DHS recently designated Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), a program that suspends deportations to countries that have been hit by natural or manmade disasters.
“The news of renewed Haitian deportation flights is the type of morally indefensible news we would have expected from the Trump Administration, not the Biden Administration. Given the instability and suffering on the ground in Haiti, the last thing we should be doing is deporting Haitians. These deportation flights should stop, full stop,” said Frank Sharry, executive director of America’s Voice. [The Hill]
More than 50 Democratic lawmakers urged the Biden administration Friday to halt deportations to Haiti as nearly 10,000 migrants have overwhelmed Del Rio, Texas, many of whom are Haitian https://t.co/a7I6l5YUBv
— CNN (@CNN) September 17, 2021
The press published borderline pornographic stories filled with wailing Haitians, nakedly intending to morally coerce the Biden Administration into giving way before the human tide.
Through its own thinly-veiled propaganda, the press is attempting to force the Biden administration to change course, as it did on refugees last spring.
Migrant families sent back to Haiti by the United States after attempting to enter the country from Mexico are angry at their treatment and fearful of returning back home to a life punctuated by gang violence.
… “(US President Joe) Biden knows well what is happening, but he doesn’t care,” said one woman, tears streaming down her face as she described her time at a US migrant detention facility in Texas.
“He treated us, us and our children, worse than animals,” she said.
Fellow returnee Garry Momplaisir, who spent five days at the same facility, said that those held there had been forced to sleep on a concrete floor under thin plastic tarps.
“We weren’t able to shower. There were toilets, but no space to bathe ourselves,” the 26-year-old added, who was deported with his wife and their five-year-old daughter. [AFP]
This, too, was predicted by Raspail. In Camp of the Saints, the French government is full of bluster and promises firmness as the migrants approach. But in the end, its own moral resolve and commitment to self-preservation is not enough to overcome a cowardice that compels submission. As Revolver wrote in August:
In Raspail’s fable, the French president plays a critical role, evocative of the one President Biden now finds himself in. As the migrant flotilla approaches, the president addresses the nation. He lays out the consequences of letting the flotilla arrive: The end of the French nation as it has existed for 1500 years.
And yet, at the decisive moment, the president falters. Instead of ordering the French military to halt the arrival of migrants, he leaves the decision up to every soldier’s conscience. With the president having abdicated leadership, the army soon folds as well: The migrants arrive, and sweep through the whole country up to Paris, where they inaugurate a new regime revolving around the dispossession and punishment of France’s historic population.
The Haitians of Del Rio come jarringly close to the desperate, stunted masses Raspail so memorably described. They possess no resources and no meaningful skills. They are not persecuted. The only thing they seek is more material comforts, and the only reason they are not in Haiti is that the people who live there have made it a dreadful wreck of a country.
Yet the United States is poised to accept them. Why? For the same reason the French submit to a flotilla of Indians in Camp of the Saints: Because their own sheer helplessness renders America’s leaders powerless to resist.
The only big difference? In Camp of the Saints, migrants commandeer boats; in Del Rio, they hijack buses.
SOURCES: “They’ve been basically overpowering the drivers and they’ve actually hijacked a couple of the buses and driven them down the road a little ways and escaped. This happened multiple times,” said a top federal law enforcement official.https://t.co/uj2EqARcxP @dcexaminer
— Anna Giaritelli (@Anna_Giaritelli) September 22, 2021
Just like in Camp of the Saints, America’s governing class has abandoned the people actually tasked with securing the border. Instead of receiving moral support for securing the existence of this country, the Border Patrol has been vilified for causing bad feelings in the stomachs of cowardly leaders.
— Tim Perry (@tperry518) September 21, 2021
Press Secretary Jen Psaki says there’s an internal investigation on the images at the border of CBP on horseback, and those individuals were placed on leave, and will not be interacting with migrants. “We’re not going to stand for that kind of inhumane treatment.” pic.twitter.com/z43sOAjZl2
— El American (@ElAmerican_) September 22, 2021
Reports of the mistreatment of Haitian migrants fleeing violence and devastation from natural disasters are deeply troubling, including the inappropriate use of what appear to be whips by Border Patrol officers on horseback to intimidate migrants.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) September 21, 2021
Articles in the mainstream press about the Haitians’ arrival have emphasized the August 14 earthquake that recently damaged the country as a migration driver. This excuse has been exposed as a total myth. These Haitians are not fleeing persecution in Haiti. They are economic migrants, seeking jobs (or more generous benefits) in the United States. They are not coming from Haiti, but from Brazil and Chile, where they have already lived for several years.
Haitian migration to Latin America has been widely documented for the last decade, but a new and dangerous focus point is growing on the jungle border between Colombia and Panama. Thousands of migrants are currently stuck in the Colombian municipality of Necoclí, creating a bottleneck at the Darién Gap. If they make it through the dense jungle, their journey continues through Central America towards the north, with the United States as the desired destination.
So far this year, Panamanian authorities have registered 46,000 people crossing the border, with 18,000 in July alone. More than 20,000 were recorded as being Haitian, followed by 8,000 Cubans in distant second place. The true proportion is actually higher: 1,500 Brazilian citizens and nearly 3,000 Chileans are listed in the records as children of Haitians born in those countries after their families had already fled. [El País]
During the 2010s, the nation of Chile actually made a bet-the-country level gamble on Haitian immigration. In 2002, there were fifty people of Haitian descent in Chile. In 2012, there were merely 1,600. But by 2017, 105,000 Haitians lived in Chile, and by 2019 that number ballooned to 185,000. The entire nation of Chile is populated by just barely more than 17 million people, making the influx of Haitians into that nation the equivalent of the US bringing in almost 3.7 million Haitian immigrants in the span of just six years. In early 2018, the Wall Street Journal even raved about Chile’s welcoming attitude.
The atmosphere in Chile contrasts with the U.S., where President Donald Trump stoked controversy last week after reports that he used vulgar language to question the benefits of immigration from Haiti and Africa.
Chile responded to Mr. Trump’s comments by saying it would continue to receive Haitians with open arms. “The poor contribute to set out and improve their lives and that of the countries that receive them,” Foreign Relations Minister Heraldo Muñoz said. “The thousands of Haitians are an example in Chile.”
While there has been a backlash against immigration in much of the developed world, Chilean politicians here have taken a more measured tone in a nation where hospitality is seen as a national virtue. Several Haitians here said they had experienced less racial discrimination in Chile than in the Dominican Republic, another popular destination.
A survey conducted in April and May showed that the percentage of people who think immigrants take away jobs from Chileans fell to 40% from 63% in 2003. Two-thirds of respondents agreed with the statement: “Immigrants are more willing to work than Chileans.” [WSJ]
But Chile’s astonishing openness lasted all of a mere three months. In April of 2018, Chilean president Sebastián Piñera cut annual arrivals by 62 percent by creating a much stricter visa system. That fall, Chile began deporting Haitians on so-called “humanitarian flights” under a newly expedited process that allowed for greatly-accelerated deportations. And finally, in 2020, President Piñera implemented a far stronger immigration law that was lauded as a “significant political victory” in the press.
Passage of the new immigration legislation represented a significant political victory for President Sebastián Piñera who, among other issues, campaigned on a message of immigration control and a pledge to reduce immigration, specially from places such as Haiti and Venezuela.
[T]he law guarantees migrants equal access to labor rights, health services, social security, education, and home ownership. Within these same articles, however, the law establishes that only immigrants who have resided in Chile for at least 24 months will be able to receive state-funded social security and related benefits. Similarly, only those with a permanent residency permit have the same housing rights as nationals. In addition to these fine-print restrictions, the 2020 law incorporates an article stating that the rights granted will be interpreted according to the most favorable law, whereas the suspension or restriction of rights will be interpreted according to the most restrictive law (the Pro Homine principle). [Migration Portal]
A mere three years after the arrival of the Haitian “saints” into Chile, surveys show that the pro-immigration sentiments that the WSJ raved about have all but vanished from the country.
According to a survey by the public opinion company Cadem, the percentage of Chileans who in February of this year believed that the arrival of foreigners is “bad” for their country reached 60%. This number represents an increase of 16 points since July 2019 (44%) and is the highest percentage since December 2016. According to the analysis of experts, these results reflect something that has been incubating in Chilean society for a long time: discrimination against the migrant.
There is a “media campaign to blame migration for the country’s structural problems […] [which] has penetrated the psyche of Chileans.” [BBC Spanish]
Who could have predicted this? Three years ago, Chile was a brave, welcoming contrast to that evil and dastardly hateful President Trump. Now, the Chilean people appear to have been mugged by reality and appropriately chastened.
So now, the saintly Haitians are decamping for the United States. Their friends and extended family have told them that the US will be happy to heap resources and benefits and services upon them ad infinitum.S
Are they wrong? Not at all. As we wrote back in August:
And now, the secret is out: Show up to America’s front door, and you’ll be rewarded. The country with the world’s most powerful (or at least most expensive) military will allow the largest incursion by foreign peoples in world history.
Now, that secret is out all the way down to Tierra del Fuego.
Emptying the Del Rio camp slowly one bus at a time. Most will be rewarded for their illegal entries soon with temporary residence cards and freedom to live and work pic.twitter.com/1jiq0sjBAR
— Todd Bensman (@BensmanTodd) September 19, 2021
Lunch is served at the international bridge in Del Rio, TX pic.twitter.com/5m3dWJwxzc
— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) September 19, 2021
In a Sept. 21 NPR segment, Jacqueline Charles of the Miami Herald described the entitled, narcissistic rage of the Haitian migrants at discovering anything less than a welcome mat bearing food, welfare, and automatic U.S. residency.
CHARLES: The returnees are angry. On the one hand, they are insisting that the border was open. They don’t understand, you know, why they were detained. They are complaining about the conditions in detention. They are blaming the Haitian government for, quote-unquote, “signing deportation papers.”
To me, there’s a lack of understanding that they crossed illegally, irregularly into the United States. They really are under the impression that what they did was sanctioned. So right there, you see the shortcoming in terms of what the Biden administration is trying to do.
At the same time, we do see what Secretary Mayorkas is saying in terms of the misinformation. A number of people have said that they ended up there because people said, hey, if I had a child in Chile, I can get TPS in the United States. Or somebody says, Blinken said to come. Where people are getting this information, it’s unclear, but they were guided by this idea that they would [be] welcomed into the United States. [NPR]
It’s “unclear” where they are getting that information? Please. Every American press outlet, every progressive activist, everything the government actually does at the 1,954-mile invisible line charitably referred to as the “border” screams “Come on in!” The Haitians believed they would be welcomed in, they made a gamble, and under the regime of the senile and demented Joe Biden, that gamble paid off.
Of 3,300 migrants processed Sunday from the 15,000 group under the Del Rio bridge, 327 were deported to Haiti. That would suggest 90 percent remain indefinitely in the US with a “notice to appear” which we know isn’t worth the paper it’s written on https://t.co/nP7YwxFpEq
— Miranda Devine (@mirandadevine) September 20, 2021
The Haitians arriving have already been taught the various exploits that make permanent admission into the United States nearly guaranteed. For instance, hundreds knew that giving birth just inside the US border gives one an anchor baby, with all the benefits that having an anchor baby entails.
NEW: This is what it looks like under the international bridge in Del Rio this morning. Latest numbers as of 6 AM.
4,742 family units
1,489 single adult men
418 single adult females
73 family “groups”
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) September 22, 2021
Val Verde Co. Judge Owens says at least 5 babies have been born in the last 4 days to immigrants— He says mom, baby & dad are all COVID positive.
— Ali Bradley (@AliBradleyTV) September 20, 2021
300-plus pregnant women? That’s not a standard distribution. This is a group that understands, if they can just lurch over the US border and give birth, vast new vistas of aid open up to them, and their odds of ever truly being deported back to Haiti, Chile, Brazil, or anywhere else on the planet instantly collapse.
The remaining Haitians quickly learned that there are some magic words that will let a person stay in the US even if they aren’t the birthing persons of a brand-new “citizen.” Simply claim fear of racist violence, or domestic violence, or homophobic violence, and one radically increases his chances of getting “a day in court.” And that promised day in court is all that is necessary. With that promised day in court, a person can get into the US, and at that point they will never have to leave unless they want to leave. Hearings can be skipped and deportation orders ignored. ICE will be passive and if they ever do decide to act up, an army of non-profit lawyers are ready to step up to protect even the most repugnant and criminal individuals from repatriation.
But there’s another reason the Haitian crisis exposes the sham of the US border. As long as the crisis is unfolding, hundreds of miles of border is completely unpoliced, and no doubt many are illegally crossing it at this very moment.
— Griff Jenkins (@GriffJenkins) September 19, 2021
That’s life in Joe Biden’s Camp of the Saints. At this point a mere ten months ago, the United States of America had a functioning border under President Trump. Today, the US border is like the British monarch: A purely symbolic, quaint historical relic possessing no actual force of power.