This Is Why White Nationalists Love Donald Trump
On Friday, President Trump once again discussed the idea of ending due process rights for migrants seeking asylum at the southern border. This time, however, Trump went further. Before his trip to the southern border today, President Trump told reporters:
“Congress has to act . . . they have to get rid of the whole asylum system because it doesn’t work. And frankly we should get rid of judges.”
To be clear, the asylum process is protected by law. Later in the day, President Trump doubled down on this call and went on to spread fear-mongering lies about asylum seekers.
TRUMP: “This is our new statement- the system is full. We can’t take you anymore. Whether it’s asylum or anything you want – illegal immigration – we can’t take you anymore. Our country is full. Our area is full. The sector is full. Can’t take you anymore, I’m sorry. Turn around” pic.twitter.com/W1Bjnnf7UR
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 5, 2019
TRUMP: “Asylum – you know, I look at some of these asylum people, they’re gang members. They’re not afraid of anything. They have lawyers greeting them. They read what lawyers tell them to read…they say, ‘I fear for my life.’ They’re the ones causing fear for life. It’s a scam” pic.twitter.com/2RDowBcAkg
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 5, 2019
Fact-check: Trump has no evidence to back up his claim that asylum seekers are gang members. Also, immigrants commit crimes at a lesser rate than native-born citizens.
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These comments come after President Trump threatened to close the southern border and moved to cut aid from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. That move would only exacerbate the poor conditions in those nations, leading to even more immigration to the US border.
It’s important to note that much of the crisis at the southern border was manufactured by President Trump’s own policies of metering, turning away migrants from legal ports of entry, and his previous migrant family separation policy of “zero tolerance” which led to a surge in migrant detention. Now, rather than increase the number of immigration judges which would ease the backlog at the border, Trump is calling for their removal.
White nationalists believe in creating a white ethnostate and “peaceful ethnic cleansing”. Like the white supremacist terrorist in New Zealand who called Trump “a symbol of renewed white identity”, white nationalists have expressed support for President Trump for a reason. President Trump has called for building a wall at the southern border, increased ICE deportations, claimed immigrants at the southern border are “infesting” America, and exaggerated claims of drugs and crime pouring in over the border. These hostile words towards Latinx immigrants are clear dog whistles that translate to “preserve the white majority.”
Aside from the rhetoric that emboldens white nationalists, President Trump and his administration have downplayed the threat. In spite of the rise of white supremacist terrorist attacks, President Trump even reportedly shut down the domestic terror intelligence unit.
The politics of Trump’s immigration stances are clear. President Trump wants a crisis at the border. He has a vested interest in seeing a surge of desperate migrants so he can propagandize those images and run on the wall (he’s failed to build) again in 2020.
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