One of the things about racists and bigots is that they underestimate those that they insult and/or oppress. US President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign, and his latest announcement that he will deport 3 million undocumented “criminal” migrants is a good example of how the president-elect belittles.
Trump said in an interview with CBS’s 60 Minutes: “What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably two million, it could be even three million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate.”
Trump is a menace to Mexicans, Hispanics and visible migrants in the United States. Read 60-minute interview here.
Apart from one of the most basic premises of our legal system, that a person is innocent before proven guilty, Trump continues to spearhead an ethnic witch hunt against Mexicans and Hispanics.
He does so because they are easy pickings. Many of them don’t have citizenship and 11-12 million of them are undocumented.
Because I was once a so-called Hispanic in the US, the Mexicans and other Central and South Americans are an extremely resilient people that have gone through much worse than Trump’s campaign hostility.
Considering that in over eight years President Barack Obama has deported over 2.5 million people, more than any other president and bolstered the border with Mexico by doubling the number of border patrol agents, the question is the following: Why are people still crossing the border?
Trump, or any president that is elected in the United States, won’t succeed at “securing” the border. That’s a pipedream earmarked for mass consumption.
The US-Mexican border won’t ever be secured because borders like the Mexican-USAmerican are a symbol of injustice, oppression, and exploitation of other countries.
In other words, Trump will fail in “securing the border” and deporting millions of undocumented “criminals” from the United States. As soon as he does, millions will come and replace those that were deported.
Instead of looking at exploited undocumented migrants who don’t have the financial resources that Trump and his cronies have, why doesn’t the president-elect incarcerate the brokers and bankers on Wall Street?
He cannot do that because that would be declaring war against himself, his interests, and his power.
And Trump has white elite privilege. He can commit outlandish crimes as president of the United States and he’ll never have to face a day in court.
His election and campaign are examples of how low the United States has stooped and how much it has distanced itself from representative democracy.