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Tue Apr 2, 2019, 12:14 AM

Trump has no interest in addressing border issues or immigration reform

The Trump administration is right about one thing: The U.S. immigration system is broken, and the surge of desperate migrant families from Central America arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border threatens to overwhelm the resources the government has deployed there.

But President Trumpís inane responses not only wonít solve the problems, they will in all likelihood make them worse. Some of the policies ó such as forcing asylum seekers to wait in often squalid conditions in Mexico while their claims proceed ó are inhumane and probably illegal.

And if Trump follows through this week with one of his favorite threats ó closing the border if Mexico doesnít stop the human tide ó he would cause significant economic damage to the U.S. About $1.5 billion in goods, much of it crucial to supply chains for American manufacturers, crosses the border daily, as do an estimated 1 million people.

The president argues that a spike in the number of families seeking asylum at the border has created a national emergency. It hasnít. In fact, the number of migrants apprehended at the border in recent months has increased over the last couple of years, but remains a fraction of the 1.5 million a year during the Clinton administration.

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/enterthefray/la-ol-trump-border-central-america-mexico-20190401-story.html

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notdarkyet Apr 2019 #1
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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Tue Apr 2, 2019, 12:39 AM

1. What would happen if the border closed? From my experiences to national closers here:

People will just walk across without inspections. You arenít going to stop it.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Tue Apr 2, 2019, 04:41 AM

2. It provides him with a great rallying point for his campaign.

Create or exacerbate a problem then promise the base that "only I can fix it".

It works with the MAGA cult.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Tue Apr 2, 2019, 05:55 AM

3. He just wants to be seen as a 'fighter' to his racist base.

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