For Palm Beach Atlantic business major Ulbruna Notrez, this upcoming March will mark eight years since she moved to Florida after Haiti’s catastrophic earthquake.
Notrez states even though she went through cultural shock when she first moved to the United States, the change offers better education and finance opportunities.
“We leave a lot of family. We wouldn’t want to be here and just be away from our family members, but we have to make a better life for ourselves, so… the next generation can have a platform to go about their lives,” Notrez said.
Despite establishing her life in the U.S., Notrez is always going to think about her country in a good light.
President Donald Trump allegedly made negative remarks regarding Haiti and the people of Haiti during an Oval Office meeting on Jan. 11, according to CNN. President Trump went to Twitter the following day to set the record straight.
"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!” Trump said via Twitter.
When Notrez heard of the alleged remarks made about Haiti, she said the description of Haiti was disrespectful and uncalled for.
“People are saying that it’s like they have never experienced hardships, so I understand their ignorance, but at the same time… it is a lot to take in… It’s our country… I love my country… honestly if it was in a better economic and social situation now, I would not be here. That’s for sure,” Notrez said.
Jeanny Saint-Fleur, team leader of the PBA Global Project to Haiti, is not bothered by what Trump allegedly said because she knows too much about Haiti to let such remarks offend her.
“Specifically, I’m going to Haiti because I am Haitian, Haitian American. I was born in the United States, but my entire family is from Haiti…I just love the heritage, I love the culture. It’s a part of me. It’s what I’ve grown up knowing and what I’ve been exposed to,” Saint-Fleur said.
Saint-Fleur went on to say that to even think President Donald Trump could have said something so disrespectful about Haiti, a country that influenced and helped shape The United States, is crazy.
“But then again, I cannot clarify for him what he meant because only in his mind he can know what he meant,” Saint-Fleur said.
Alexandra Dowd, finance major, does not believe the allegations about Trump’s remarks are true. According to Dowd, the media’s bias opinions toward Trump is the reason rumors circulate.
Despite attention the alleged remarks gained, Dowd’s opinion about the subject has not been swayed.
“I think we should allow everyone an equal opportunity to enter our country,” Dowd said.