by Dave Mindeman
Immigration policy has always been controversial. But the Trump interpretation of it is patently ludicrous.
The border with Mexico is not being overrun. The Canadians prefer their own country and probably could start taking steps to keep us out.
We are a nation that appeals to the down trodden. We give people hope. They look to us for opportunity. How can that be a bad thing?
But Trump continues to try to confuse us. He acts as though all the people crossing our border intend to do us harm. He cites the gang MS-13 – which is a home grown gang that originated in the US via Los Angeles in the 1980’s. Yes, they are dangerous – much as the Crips and Bloods were before them. But they have little to do with immigration. They are latino for the most part and that is all Trump needs to race bait the situation. Trump uses their brutal tactics as being synonymous with illegal entry into the US. This is far from accurate and Trump is just exploiting fear.
Most of us never heard of MS13 prior to Trump’s tirades. And he uses that lack of information to alter the dialogue. Turning border immigration into a rising tide of fear.
And the unconscienable tactic of separating children from their parents in regards to current seekers of asylum is cruel and inhumane. And absolutely unAmerican. Trump lies about the policy – trying to make his supporters believe that the law requires him to do this. This is 100% false and he knows it. Once again, fear and lying are his methods of choice to justify his abhorrent policies.
Several years ago, the US Senate had a compromise immigration bill which provided a path to citizenship for those living in the shadows. It was reasonable and measured – and the opportunity was lost because of the hysteria the Republican right wing chooses to believe. Trump has fed on that hysteria and radicalized it even further. It has reached a point that the United States has become a prominent violator of human rights.
I do not understand how a Republican can, in good conscience, continue to side with Trump policies. The party of family values no longer has any semblance of a moral compass.
There is only one solution to this. Vote. Vote for people with rational ideas. Vote for people who condemn the family separation. Vote for people who believe in doing good and will not proliferate fear.
This election has clear choices. Be sure to exercise that choice.