Haiti Introduction To Sociology Paper

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Haiti Introduction to Sociology Abstract The United State of America is known as the “Great American Melting Pot”. This is a place where people come from in pursuit of a dream of freedom. There are many ways to enter into this country legally. Many take another route and try to reach the United States by any means necessary. Upon doing so, the scales are not even when some get turned away. The difference in the policy is race. Haiti is located on the island of Hispaniola. The Dominican Republic shares the island. It sits between Cuba and Puerto Rico. This is an island with persons of African decent that was once a French colony. Haiti declared its independence from France in 1804 and was known as the first Black republic.…show more content…
The United States and the United Nations forced a presidential election. Aristide ran, and he won. Democracy in Haiti did not last long. Seven months after taking office, Aristide was overthrown by another military revolt. Aristide fled the country. Many of Aristide's supporters in Haiti were beaten, imprisoned, tortured, and murdered. With the country in uproar, its economy took a sharp downward spiral. When the Haitians began escape Haiti during the winter of 1991, they made the dangerous choice of heading to the United States by boat (CRF, 2010). When the U.S. Coast Guard seized most of the survivors, they were taken to the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba to be interviewed. The Haitian refugees were interviewed to ascertain if they were seeking asylum or simply escaping from poverty. Most of the Haitians interviewed qualified for asylum. Because the facilities could not hold the numerous amounts of refugees, President George H. W. Bush ordered the Coast Guard to return all the boat people to Haiti, regardless of their…show more content…
In 2007, Hope for Haiti foundation had built twelve water filtration plants in schools, orphanages, communities, and clinics. These were solar powered, ultraviolet systems that could provide over 500 gallons of drinking water a day. These systems were damaged during the earthquake. After the earthquake an additional 194 people died due to a cholera outbreak. Due to the lack of filtration, families had been drinking water from the rivers that had later tested positive for cholera. (Cherry, 2010). The Foundation is currently working to restore the filtration plants. Following their goals of a sustainable community, Hope for Haiti also has a reforestation initiative. The goal is to replant the mountainsides, and to plant crops such as grapefruits, mangoes, cashews and coffee to name a few. The harvest will not only bring food to the impoverished community but it would give them crops to export for

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