President Donald Trump has a perpetually difficult time accepting the fact that immigrants do not pose an existential threat to the United States. He wants the conflict inherent in his assertions of gloom and doom.
Tuesday, he threatened Honduras over a large group of migrants attempting to make their way to the United States. The group numbered around 1,600 recently, and as of early Tuesday, was in Guatemala.
‘The United States has strongly informed the President of Honduras that if the large Caravan of people heading to the U.S. is not stopped and brought back to Honduras, no more money or aid will be given to Honduras, effective immediately!’
Firstly, the measure Trump puts forward here seems entirely punitive. He’s not “asking for help” in managing a large group of asylum-seekers. He’s looking to punish. The migrants aren’t even in Honduras anymore, and it’s not as though authorities have by and large simply turned a blind eye. The Guatemalan government asserted:
‘Guatemala does not promote or endorse irregular migration in any forms, and therefore rejects movements organized for unlawful purposes which distort or use human rights, like migration, for their own end.’
Since they’re not setting out on wild search and destroy missions, though, that’s not enough for Trump.
He’s long already made as much clear, losing it when a similar caravan journeyed across Central America to the United States border earlier this year. Despite his conspiratorial assertions about immigrants bringing crime and danger, 327 of the members of that group were eventually let into the U.S. Down on planet earth, outside of Trump’s racist fairy tale, there remain people who need help and others interested in providing what’s needed.
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