Former President Donald Trump said Thursday night that the thousands of Haitian migrants who are reported to be heading for the US-Mexico border are afflicted with AIDS.
“We have hundreds of thousands of people flowing in from Haiti,” Trump told Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “Haiti has a tremendous AIDS problem. AIDS is a step beyond. AIDS is a real bad problem. So hundreds of thousands of people are coming into our country that if you look at the stats, if you look at the numbers, if you look at — just take a look at what’s happening in Haiti, a tremendous problem with AIDS,” the former President said.
“Many of those people will probably have AIDS and they’re coming into our country and we don’t do anything about it. We let everybody come in. Sean, it’s like a death wish. It’s like a death wish for our country,” Trump added.
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS estimates that 150,000 Haitians are living with the virus that causes AIDS. Late last month, Panama’s foreign minister suggested that up to 60,000 migrants, many of them of Haitian origin, are making their way toward the southwestern frontier.
The claim was made by Erika Mouynes days after the Biden administration cleared thousands more migrants out of a temporary encampment under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas. Approximately 5,000 of those who arrived at the border were sent back to Haiti by border authorities on a series of deportation flights [New York Post].