President Trump is threatening to close the border between Mexico and the U.S. This is another attempt by Trump to convince us that an invasion of drug dealers, gangbangers, rapists and criminals is occurring at the border. Like everything else he says, he makes it up. He caters to a base group of supporters who stick with him when they see him standing up for America. To hell with those people who are coming over the border to take our jobs away. To take our women. To birth their babies here. To parasitize our culture and burden our health care system. Keep ’em out!
Here is a guy who doesn’t know what it means to live in poverty, or worse, to live in fear for your life. Trump knows about business and how to get what he wants. He knows how to double-down on derision for Central Americans and Mexicans so he treats people who are refugees from violence and destitution as if they are a criminal wave threatening to engulf America.
What he and his element have created is an enemy. He needs an enemy to maintain a “we” and “them” illusion. We definitely are not them. They are criminals and distasteful in so many ways so lets keep them out and us in. Doesn’t that make you proud to be an American?
For most of us Americans, our country welcomed our immigrant ancestors, or, at least allowed them in. Poles, Irish, Germans and others came for a little piece of the American dream. They came through an open door monitored by immigration agents. Then, these immigrants had to work and work hard to make a place for their families. As they settled in they also gave us all St. Patrick, pizza, hot dogs, and yes, apple pie. They gave us artists and craftsmen along with a workforce that made us a giant among nations. The diversity of immigrants continues to enrich our culture.
If Trump closes the border, Mexico will likely close its border, too. There are two doors at the border and Mexicans hate to be disrespected or pushed around. An imperialistic attitude of the US is not much tolerated south of the border. American goods may not find their way into Mexico and American tourists, used to taking a cheap vacation next door may find that door slammed shut.