Despite not getting anywhere with his more than a month of stonewalling in negotiations over his demands for billions for a border wall, President Donald Trump is still at it. This week, he has a new solution to the supposed crisis that warrants that wall — sending more active duty troops to the United States border with Mexico.
He announced on Twitter:
‘More troops being sent to the Southern Border to stop the attempted Invasion of Illegals, through large Caravans, into our Country. We have stopped the previous Caravans, and we will stop these also. With a Wall it would be soooo much easier and less expensive. Being Built!’
There is no “attempted Invasion of Illegals through large Caravans.” (What’s with the capital letters? Does he think they make immigrants sound more scary?)
There are, however, people seeking refuge from violence in their home country. That’s just not an invasion, which – since defining simple terms is the level we’ve been dragged to — Oxford Dictionaries defines first as “an instance of invading a country or region with an armed force.”
As he indicated, troops have gone down to the border before. In the face of caravans of asylum seekers — who are consistently making their way to the border without incident, not just as part of oh-so-scary caravans — before the midterm elections, over 5,000 troops went to the border for tasks like laying barbed wire. Together with thousands of National Guard members, there were more troops planned for the border at one point than in Iraq fighting the Islamic State terror group — all for people including scared women and children fleeing violence in their home countries.
This is the legacy of Donald Trump. He’s made up a threat and is using the force of the American government to address it.
This Thursday morning, he pointed to a reported spike in the murder rate in Mexico as evidence that we need a wall — and more deployed troops, apparently — but did not note that Mexico is hardly the only place where people get murdered. In 2018 alone, 15,654 Americans died at the end of a gun, and at least 31,248 were injured.
The crimes he points to as associated with immigrants are not unique to immigrants. Yet, he still persists with his racist fantasy anyway.
Besides, the crime isn’t spilling over. Food poisoning seems to kill more people a year than undocumented immigrants to the U.S.
Check out Twitter’s response…
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