Trump’s Wall:Why the Republicans REALLY shut down the government (for 3 freaking days)
When Trump was running for president, I took it as a joke. I really did! Here was this man who once had a reality television show; running for President of the United States of America. And then he won! OMG OMG OMG! But as I stated before; I’m glad he is president because now we have to acknowledge racism in America. But I always wondered why his promise to build a “ big beautiful wall” along the U.S – Mexico border resonated with so many Americans! It took some time but I reached the logical explanation: it was because he had to find a common scapegoat to blame. And a common scapegoat to hate.
That is one thing all racist Americans agree on. Finding a common scapegoat. Why did he choose immigrants? Because they; hispanics, will be the new majority if they are allowed to stay and allowed to continue to come to the United States. According to Census Bureau estimates, the U.S. will become “majority-minority in 2044.” It also notes that “more than half of the nation’s children are expected to be part of a minority race or ethnic group” by the time of the 2020 Census. Whites won’t be the majority, but they will be a big part of the minority. Working-class whites and the ‘good ole boys’ can’t handle their status as the new minority. It was fear, anger, and economic insecurity mixed with the ‘browning’ of America and the subsequent loss of preferred status that had them stampeding to the polls to vote ole 45 in!
It all started with America voting for Obama, twice. Never had there been a Black President. The ‘good ole boys’ were shocked, to say the least; the first time Obama won. And outraged the second go around. It was a clear sign to them that ‘change’ was not a good thing. So when Trump came preaching his ‘let’s make America great again’ rhetoric; they couldn’t follow him fast enough (especially on Twitter). People who did not appear racist said lets give trump a chance. But the more he spoke; the more I dreaded what was to come. Donald Trump was the first presidential candidate to make a direct appeal for their votes in a generation and, in the process, he elevated the plight and power of white working-class people.
Trump used those fears to work in favor for him. Throughout his campaign he stated that:
- Immigrants are overrunning our country and are here illegally: Not true; today’s immigrants make up approximately 13% of the total U.S. population. Of the 40 million immigrants that are here, close to 47% were naturalized citizens. Lawful permanent residents, temporary visa holders, refugees and people seeking asylum, and undocumented immigrants made up the remaining 53% of immigrants. Undocumented immigrants make up 3.5% of the nation’s total population.
- Immigrants bring crime and violence to our cities and towns: Recently, public figures have claimed that immigrants are “killers” and “rapists,” bringing crime to the U.S. Study after study has shown, however, that immigrants—regardless of where they are from, what immigration status they hold, and how much education they have completed—are less likely than native-born citizens to commit crimes or become incarcerated.
- Immigrants take our jobs and don’t pay taxes: Though some people claim that immigrants are taking job opportunities away from people born in the U.S., immigrants actually help to create new jobs. In addition to buying American and local products, which helps create jobs, immigrants often start their own businesses. In fact, immigrants are twice as likely to start businesses as citizens born in the U.S., and companies owned by immigrants are more likely to hire employees than companies owned by native-born citizens.
- Terrorists are coming to America via the border in Mexico: There is no evidence that terrorists are entering the U.S. through the border with Mexico. The Department of Homeland Security has said that “the suggestion that individuals that have ties to ISIL have been apprehended at the southwest border is categorically false, and not supported by any credible intelligence or facts on the ground.” According to a 2015 report by the U.S Department of State, Bureau of Counterterrorism, “there are no known international terrorist organizations operating in Mexico, despite several erroneous reports to the contrary during 2014.” In fact, the vast majority of U.S. residents linked to terror since 2002 are U.S. citizens.
A wall or a fence along the entire border with Mexico would be impractical and very likely ineffective. The border between the U.S. and Mexico is almost 2,000 miles long. It spans difficult terrain, including deserts and mountains. Much of the area is private property, which the government would have to buy from the owners to build a fence or wall, and many do not want to sell the land. The logistics alone make building a wall very difficult, if not impossible. But Trump is not bright enough to realize that. Couple that with his supporter’s panic that they may one day be the new minority….I smell civil war.
Dealing with that change in status should force a nation that either ignores race or addresses it through code words, dog whistles and stereotypes to seriously engage in an uncomfortable conversation. We must figure out how to deal with real problems facing all Americans, problems that have become inextricably linked with intolerance and hate.
Peace and Blessings,
“When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.”