It’s difficult to pinpoint the worst aspect of the Trump presidency, but his approach to immigration is certainly in the running based on cruelty alone. Donald rode into the White House on a wave of racism and xenophobia and then proceeded to enact policies aligned with that bigotry.
Trump never finished the wall that he promised his gullible supporters Mexico would pay for, but he did target undocumented migrants in heinous ways, including the now-infamous family separation policy. In doing so he inflicted untold trauma on countless innocent people and cemented his position as the last person in the world whose opinion on immigration we should heed. But that doesn’t mean he’s going to shut up about it.
The Hill reports that Trump intends to travel to the Mexican border later this month for an event with Governor Greg Abbott in which they are expected to launch some of the usual right-wing attacks on the Biden administration as they seek to paint the situation along the border as some existential crisis for the country. The stunt comes as speculation swirls that Trump might announce a 2024 White House bid.
“The Biden Administration inherited from me the strongest, safest, and most secure border in U.S history and in mere weeks they turned it into the single worst border crisis in U.S history. It’s an unmitigated disaster zone,” claimed Trump in a statement.
In usual Trumpian form, the former president went on to fearmonger about drug cartels and MS-13 and lionize the goons at ICE. There was little substance to anything he said and the statement just reads like a series of dog whistles and culture war talking points aimed at whipping his base into a frenzy. No rational person can read it and think that Trump is painting anything even close to an accurate picture of what’s going on right now.
Republicans want us to believe that a humane approach to immigration is a form of weakness. If they had their druthers we would still be applying the worst, most Draconian policies of the Trump era. It’s best if we ignore their suggestions regarding immigration and go about reforming the system ourselves.
Far-right personality Benny Johnson shared Trump’s statement on Twitter.
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) June 15, 2021
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This is a staff report from former Occupy Democrats Editor in Chief Colin Taylor or contributor Rob Haffney.