Trump Fear-Mongering Ploy Just Plain Stupid

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Trump Fear-Mongering Ploy Just Plain Stupid

artwork by Michael Pruchanskiy

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artwork by Michael Pruchanskiy

Jessica Rivera, Opinions Editor

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   As has been observed time and time again, President Trump has a tendency to spew mistruths in an attempt to back up his flawed morals. One situation in which he employs this technique is through his use of fear mongering regarding different ethnic groups. Trump has never been discrete in his xenophobia, especially that towards the Mexican people, but his pointless false accusations do nothing but make him look uneducated.

   From the very beginning of his political career, Trump has falsely portrayed the Mexican people as vile criminals. In his campaign launch in June of 2016, he stated about Mexican immigrants, “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people” (vox.com). He has reiterated this same message in almost every speech he has given over the years, right up to his most recent State of the Union address.

   While the President and many of his followers may argue that immigrants from the across the southern border only bring criminal activity, studies have shown otherwise. Research done by the Cato Institute show that native born US citizens are more likely to commit crimes than legal or illegal immigrants in the country (washingtonpost.com).  This completely tears apart Trump’s argument that all immigrants bring is delinquency, as there is absolutely no link between citizenship and crime rate.

   Additionally, the President likes to claim that immigrants harm the American economy by stealing native citizens’ jobs. Trump stated at an event in the Roosevelt Room in 2018, “Illegal immigration affects the lives of all Americans. Illegal immigration hurts American workers, burdens American taxpayers…” (whitehouse.gov).  This paints a misleading picture of how immigrants actually impact the economy. Undocumented immigrants often fill the workforce in jobs that American citizens don’t particularly want, like those of migrant farmworkers. CBS News stated, “The Department of Agriculture estimates that about half of the nation’s farmworkers are unauthorized” (cbsnews.com).

    According to New Republic, eighty seven percent of DACA immigrants went on to become employed at a steady job and earn at least $14 an hour (newrepublic.com). This in turn supports the local economy, as immigrants begin cycling their income back into the community through taxes and businesses they contribute to with the money they have earned. Therefore, the statement that immigrants steal our jobs is senseless and ignorant.

   All in all, Trump exploits a harmful and misleading portrayal of immigrants that does nothing but make him look ill informed. His constant attempts to invoke xenophobia in the people of his country makes him appear nothing but weak and unfit for his job. The president of our country should be promoting love and acceptance, not hate and fear. We have always been and will always be a country of immigrants, no matter what one bigoted man has to say about the matter.

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