Walt In Seattlle
2018-10-18 18:40:09 UTC
Among that base are people who see immigrants as a threat, not jujst in terms of MS-13 or Trump's notion of raping Mexicans, but also in terms of change these people do not want to allow. In other words: these people do not want American culture to be contaminated by other cultures. "Contamination" is indeed the word they'd use to describe what immigrants shall do to America. To them, the people in lockstep with President Trump, the idea of America as a great "melting pot" of cultures is anathema.
President Trump models his political strategy regarding immigration, and therefore his rhetoric as to immigration, on how or what at least a portion of President Trump's political base feels because he needs these people to ensure Republican losses in the Congressional mid-terms will be held to a minimum or gains accomplished. In effect, President Trump is bluntly appealing to the racists and fearful xenophobes in American Culture. It's as simple as that.
Don't be fooled by Trump's assertion he is interested in "legal" immigration. His position is ostensibly wrapped up in the mostly undefined term of "merit" and it must be remembered that Trump prefers a DRAMATIC *DECREASE* in the number of people accepted for LEGAL immigration each year. Trump also has his preferences for nation or region of origin.
As I've stated elsewhere before today and as you'll eventually find: when Trump is pressed to define "merit", merit will come down to people who are the elite of other cultures and/or come with no financial liabilities for U.S. taxpayers. Although he may not say it directly, the other more important parameter of "merit" shall be that immigrants of "merit" will not present a POLITICAL threat to Trump, his political base and Republicans more generally. (i.e. Hispanics, who have been a basic demographic favoring the Democratic Party for decades and shunning the Republican Party, with just a few exceptions such as Cubans in Florida, need not apply) While Trump hopes to split off some Hispanic voters this Fall by touting a decrease in Hispanic unemployment, his overarching strategy, not just for the Congressioal mid-terms, is to impede immigration of Hispanics -- legal and illegal alike -- as much as he can. This too is a simple but inescapable reality.
Let's not forget Emma Lazarus and why as well as for what she was asked to write The New Colossus. Let's also not forget its partial inscription on the Statue of Liberty! It's important to remember because Lazarus was an advocate for "refugees", and asylum seekers -- the people who most often are attempting to *LEGALLY* immigrate at the moment from points South of the U.S.-Mexico border and who currenly represent the largest measure of attempted immigration from nations such as Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras to the U.S. for which Jeff Sessions and President Trump have objections while to whom Trump wants to say, for the most part, "NO" -- are precisely the people for whom Lazarus would be most concerned.
If we become what Donald Trump wants us to be, we're no longer America -- the American cultural "melting pot" as well as the much better and more welcoming America -- rather than an arrogant plus highly xenophobic or extremely suspicious America expecting the worst more than the best from immigrants unless they come matching certain parameters that include the notion they're the cream of the crop or well-endowed of mind, physique and pocketbook. Which is it we shall be?
Donald Trump's concept of America -- beyond the racial, ethnic or even religious divisons it wouold likely create -- as he would have it, is essentially that of a meritocracy on steroids. Over time, that meritocracy would change America from a land of opportunity and a "melting pot" to a land of the "Master Race".
I have suggested in other posts that, in concert with other OAS nations, the U.S. either provide help where it would be accepted or exert pressure, where help would be rejected, on El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to deal with the problems that cause refugees to seek asylum in the U.S. But what progress has President Trump made or attempted to make along that line???? The best President Trump can do is (A) THREATEN to withdraw aid for nations such as Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador while (B) THREATENING to close the Mexico-U.S. border if Mecico does not stop a caravan of some several-thousand people. Is that what President Trump should have done? Is that ALL President Trump should have done?