The Only Border ‘Crisis’ Is Of the White House’s Invention

Top White House officials have spent the last 48 hours exhausting the phrase “border crisis,” in the apparent hope that if Americans hear the expression enough times, they might think it’s real.

The White House released a statement addressing the “border crisis” and Vice President Mike Pence echoed the sentiment, calling it a “bona fide emergency.”

 

BECAUSE OF TERRORISM… OR NOT

To make the “crisis” seem more substantial, both Pence and Press Secretary Sarah Sanders cited a statistic that the U.S. apprehended 4,000 people on terrorist watch-lists last year, but it was entirely misleading in that almost all of them tried to enter the country via airports. Altogether, there were just half a dozen people that were caught along the southern border, and simply being put on the watchlist doesn’t mean they’re actually terrorists, either.

In fact, more terror suspects were caught crossing into the U.S. through the Canadian border, but you don’t hear anyone screaming about putting a wall there.

The government’s own thorough reports completely contradict this narrative, as well. A State Department report in 2017 says that there’s “no credible information that any member of a terrorist group has traveled through Mexico to gain access to the United States.” A follow-up report just a few months ago, mentioned “no credible evidence indicating that international terrorist groups have established bases in Mexico… terrorist groups likely seek other means of trying to enter the United States.”

 

IMMIGRANT NON-ISSUES

Studies indicate that immigrants – documented and otherwise – help to grow the American economy, not sink it. Even if we’re looking at this issue from a purely financial perspective as Republicans like to do, the case for the border wall just isn’t there.

Add to that the fact that the number of people crossing the Mexican border has been dropping in recent years, it’s hard to qualify the current situation a total “crisis” when it wasn’t deemed so in the past.

Also keep in mind that most immigrants in the country who are here illegally didn’t sneak across the border but came here legally and then overstayed their visas. Yet again, the wall does nothing to help that.

 

WHAT CONSTITUTES A HUMANITARIAN CRISIS?

I might be willing to buy that we are seeing a humanitarian crisis at the border, but that would be in vilifying people seeking amnesty after fleeing danger and political rest in their native countries. That would be in deliberately separating children from their parents and taking few steps to enable easy reunification at a later point. That would be in locking up children – babies even – in cages and detention centers indefinitely.

Of course, these crises are perpetuated by the Trump administration, and have nothing to do with the wall. Perhaps we should think twice about letting these same people define what a humanitarian crisis is when they’ve defended their own immoral policies.

 

THE “REAL” “CRISIS”

The actual crisis at hand is that the president put himself into a corner when he shut down the government over his unpopular border wall idea. Democrats don’t have any compelling reason to budge, and Trump went so far with his tirade that he can’t simply back off without looking (more) foolish and incompetent.

Admittedly, drumming up a supposed emergency to get this wall is a strategy that could get him what he wants while circumventing legislator support. Mind you, it’s the kind of move a dictator pulls, but why would he stop now?

If Trump does push this issue through under the guise of a “national emergency” he fabricated, undoubtedly any wall allocations he makes will go to the courts to assess the necessity of such a move.

76 comments

Past Member
Past Member 4 days ago

Obama and shumer wanted 25 Billion for the wall and no one ever complained.....wonder who got that money

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Karen Martinez
Karen Martinez5 days ago

I live on the US/Mexico border, and have for the past 30 years. Yes, people come in illegally. Folks come in illegally from Canada. The difference is that the Canadians don't want to stay as their country takes better care of its citizens than the US does. The bottom line is that Trump appealed to the white folks in Iowa, Indiana, Mississippi, Idaho, Alabama and Ohio, not to mention a few other places, who are afraid of folks with darker skin and accents. They love Taco Tuesday, but don't want Hispanics making the tacos. Trump has encouraged people to be vocal about their fear and hatred, and that's why there is a big thing about the wall. What is bad is that the people who are trying to come in are leaving deplorable, violent countries where the governments are doing nothing to help them, and for some, unknown reason, they think coming to the US is better. God help them.

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Leo C
Leo Custer5 days ago

Thank you for sharing!

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Carole R
Carole R7 days ago

What a mess.

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Ann B
Ann B7 days ago

WE NEED TO PUT A "BIG"CAP ON THE NEWS MEDIA NOW

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E7 days ago

I have been wondering about the fact that the republicans controlled the senate, the house and for what it's worth had a "republican " POTUS, why did this "crisis" all of a sudden happen when the republicans got trounced in the November election and now it is a Democrat controlled house ?
trump HAD control of the purse strings .
If ANYONE here can say with a straight face that your southern border ALL OF A SUDDEN was a crisis and then say this isn't a 2020 political move, I have another border to your north that probably needs a wall too.

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Berenice G
Berenice Guedes7 days ago

More waste of money for nothing really useful!

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Berenice G
Berenice Guedes7 days ago

The thing is that I do agree with Julie D. She said all with better words than I could use!!!

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Ann W
Ann W8 days ago

Mary B - I appreciate your recommendations for reading material but not the insults. I directed my post to Rhoberta E whose own post had been about gun crimes in the US and she understood exactly where I was coming from. Thank you Rhoberta. I would have put inserted commas around empathy, but have found certain punctuation marks distort the text. My whole point was to emphasise the total lack of regard from your POTUS for the victims of American instigated gun violence. If you cannot understand the finer points of a post then maybe you should not comment on it. Concentrate your efforts on the gullible people in your own country who voted for this man because, unfortunately, people in my country and in Rhoberta's cannot vote him out.

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Dot A
Dot A8 days ago

- additional post to previously unfinished post -> {don't let money blind our vision of a better world} Trump will use our economic fears to manifest his own agenda. He knows what people worry about, and he profits from those doubts and fears. Don't allow his 'wall' be built as his symbol of an 'ego' which allows no one into his heart. He knows how to put on an act. But, watch his actions.

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