Saint Lucia politician, Therold Prudent, has described as ‘unbelievable’, a proclamation by United States President, Donald Trump, making June as National Caribbean-American Heritage Month.
“It’s just unbelievable,” Prudent told St Lucia Times.
The former leader of the Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM) said he was not even sure that Trump wrote the proclamation.
“Everyone knows that he does not like to read. Everyone knows the statement is beyond the intellectual capacity of Mr. Trump,” Prudent asserted.
“If you are going to declare the month of June National Caribbean-American Month, it is important to be close with the Caribbean expats in the diaspora and better understand their background and culture,”he observed.
Prudent, who has lived in the United States for some three decades, declared that if President Trump understood what the Caribbean is all about, he would not try to do so many bad things to a people he is now glorifying for the month of June.
“These are the same people that are scared to hell about the fact that they may be deported back to their countries. These are the same persons that you say you are not going to create sanctuary cities for and you are de-funding cities like New York and LA and so forth where you have large populations of Caribbean people,” he stated.
Prudent accused Trump of doing everything in his power to ensure that Caribbean people are not safe in those cities.
He said he did not believe there is anything genuine in the US President’s proclamation.
Prudent asserted that Trump knows nothing about the Caribbean apart from having met recently with a few Caribbean leaders, including Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet.
Prudent told St Lucia Times that the US President’s proclamation amounted to a total insult given what he called ‘the amount of mischief’ done to the Caribbean community in the United States and the number of deportations under the Trump administration.
“I have always said that if you are in the people’s country and you participate in criminal activity, then they have a right to send you home. However if they came – illegally, but they are looking for a pathway to citizenship, it is still the law of the land that once you are here in the United States, they can’t just deport you.They need to give you a fair hearing.”
“You just don’t take people in the middle of the night and send them home,” Prudent stated.
“This month, we recognize the vibrant culture and patriotism of Caribbean Americans that continue to bolster our country and enrich our lives, and we pay tribute to the strong friendship between the United States and the countries of the Caribbean,” Trump said in the May 31 proclamation of June as National Caribbean-American Heritage Month.