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Trump’s Final Border Solution

This past weekend (4-7-2019), brought another time frame in the disorderly and chaotic administration of Donald J. Trump. Something ominous happened, and we are now seeing the real problem with this presidency; it’s Trump himself.

With the dismissal of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen via a Trump Tweet, we see a fuming Chief Executive demanding that our border authorities continue to separate migrant children from their parents as a deterrent to crossings. Trump views US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as his own personal armies. And much like the “thought police” in George Orwell’s book 1984, or the TV dystopia Republic of Gilead as portraited in the Hand Maiden’s Tale, Trump thinks he can use these two forces to execute his agenda, control thought and push away his imaginary crisis.

Nielsen probably warned Trump that some of his actions would be at least unethical and, at worst, against the law. The Donald truly believes he soars above the law and can do whatever he wants. His final solution on the border will be to station the US Military, ICE and CBP soldiers with guns to shot those who want to enter our country. If you find this rather disturbing, think about this story.

In 2012, a CBP agent named Lonnie Swartz was accused of shooting through a border fence in Nogales, Arizona killing 16-year-old José Antonio Elena Rodríguez, who was on the Mexican side of the border. The agent fired 14 to 30 shots and ten of those bullets hit the teen. Swartz was acquitted of manslaughter. Trump knows this and so does Stephen Miller, the architect of Trump’s immigration rants. They have exacerbated a problem, massaged it into a crisis, and now are claiming the only solution is closing the border, which will cause massive economic harm to America.

All the bellicose verbiage from Trump has given the people movers in Mexico a firm sales pitch to make more money. They tell their Spanish speaking brothers and sisters that they must move now before Trump closes the border. Trump’s chest beating has promoted more immigrant crossings. Stupid.

Donald Trump doesn’t care about families seeking asylum. He has clearly stated he wants Congress to end asylum opportunities for immigrants. This is not new. In the summer of 1942, the US government turned away Jews who were seeking asylum from Nazi oppression and death. Some landed in the Dominican Republic. Others were simply sent back to face “their own problems.” Trump has gone all in with his anti-immigrant racist viewpoints and believes this will help him get a second term in office.

The rich irony here comes from the man who is manipulating Trump, Stephen Miller. According to Wikipedia, Miller grew up in Santa Monica, California. His mother’s ancestors had immigrated to the United States in the early 1900s from Belarus, escaping the anti-Jewish pogroms in the Russian Empire. When his great-grandmother arrived in the US in 1906, she spoke only Yiddish, the historical language of the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe. However, despite the family’s poverty, as was typical of many immigrants, most of the family learned English, worked hard, and opened businesses in Pennsylvania that became successful—”the classic immigration success story”.

Mr. Miller obviously has no moral connection to immigrants because of his half-baked ideology that paints Trump as a messiah and the embodiment of a movement where one cannot question the authority of the president. How do we know this? Because he said so on TV. There is no reason to believe that Trump, if left alone, wouldn’t come to these same conclusions, but it really does feel a lot like Adolf Hitler, doesn’t it?

And just before we posted this article, news arrived that Trump has fired the head of the Secret Service. That person reports to the head of Homeland Security and was a Trump appointment. This is just another example of his terrible vetting, negligent management style and lack of planning and focusing his people.

I would suggest that we all keep our eyes on Donald Trump in the coming months. He will probably not deal with the truth in the Mueller report. That’s likely to spark another lie fest. Trump will stonewall Congress on his tax returns, which will prompt thinking Americans to ask the questions, “What is he hiding? Why did he say he would release them? Why does he keep saying that he cannot release his tax returns because he is under audit?” That, by the way, is a lie.

Trump is going to do some really bad things at the border and those who stay silent, will claim their place with those who stood by when the government interred Japanese Americans and those who were mute when we turned Jews away at our ports. Some people supported Richard Nixon’s lies and validated his immoral bombing of women and children in North Vietnam. For those who tell me that I should respect the president, I say, he’s not a king. He’s just a president. Why should we stay silent when a president crosses the line of law and order? Trump is a grand liar and a mentally ill dictator in the making.

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