We have public praise for Donald Trump but we ignore immigration, as if building a wall and non-entry is the quick-fix method. But we know from experience that if it’s quick then it’s no good, we know that cheap work is the person who wants the quickest patch-up on a bad job. It’s like a person who puts a piece of duct-tape on a bad tire instead of doing a complete tire change and rotation.
That’s what makes Donald Trump so appealing. His quick cheapness—the wall, a short and simple answer—that’s what Americans want: answers and solutions.
But that’s why Hillary Clinton is smarter than Donald Trump. She knows there is no short and simple answer to immigration. She’s confident and understands that things change as they come and go, and never will important social issues have a cheap fix or need a quick patch job—sometimes a whole new system of tires is needed to get the wheels turning right again.
Trump’s wall and his ideas on immigration aren’t wrong—they just won’t work.
When I was a student in California, it was easy for illegal immigrants to obtain documents, to steal or borrow identities, and walk across the border using the documents as if they were their own.
And when I was studying immigration law at the University of Cincinnati, the director of the law program said he didn’t want to teach the class—because U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) doesn’t work. And while the program fails, the answer isn’t to build a wall and prevent people from immigrating into the United States.
A person who wants to stop people from immigrating into the United States, like Trump wants to do, does not understand their own history. Immigrants built this country, and enslaved the millions of Native Americans who inhabited this land first to help them do it. Then they killed the Native Americans, or moved them out of the way.
In North Dakota right now the largest Native American protest in our history is taking place. Last weekend a 9-year-old child was bitten by a dog made to attack the Native Americans demonstrating to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. A complaint is being filed in Ohio on the kennel who owned the dogs—the dogs were brought from Ohio.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. released a video explaining why the pipeline is being built. He said the capital costs of harvesting clean renewable energy has dropped below the cost of oil and the carbon industry knows that. He said that the oil cronies are now mobilizing to protect their market share and profits.
The only way the oil cronies can keep us addicted to oil, explained Kennedy, is through deepening our reliance on infrastructure. We have $25 trillion in infrastructure in this country.
“It doesn’t just obligate the oil company, but many other important powerful forces in this society are involved in the construction, it’s funded by pension funds, its funded by big wall street financial houses, it’s funded by banks and other institutions that now are going to rely on that—on the oil going through that pipeline over the next 20 or 30 years to pay back their initial investment,” said Kennedy.
It’s not that illegal immigrants are stealing American jobs. American jobs aren’t being created in the fields of green energy and technology as much as they should be because so far the oil cronies have succeeded in preventing renewable energy from replacing carbon-based oil energy.
When we talk about who is really hurting American jobs, we should think about that, and we should think about why a 9-year-old child was attacked by a dog from Ohio.
There’s no short and simple answer to changing immigration in this country. My law professors know that, Hillary Clinton knows that, Bernie Sanders knows that, Jill Stein knows that, and Donald Trump knows that—but it’s easy to believe someone who comes across the television screen as being blunt and honest like Trump appears to be.
Image is created with a picture and an impression and we interpret meaning from that based on our own values. Imagery is great—unless it’s Donald Trump. To be honest, I just wasn’t as impressed with his rally in Wilmington as I thought I would be.
But there are those people who are serious about Donald Trump—lovers of the American Dream, the stewards of American business and self-entitled do-gooders, and those who really want Trump to be their voice.
That’s what he promised at the rally—he’d be our “voice.” And he promised to make America great again for all those Americans who “are forgotten” and a lot of people cling to that message. He wasn’t just talking about forgotten veterans, but spoke as if there was some cruel world that existed that didn’t remember its people, that the America we’ve helped to build has “forgotten” its own people.
As if we forgot ourselves.
I’m sorry, Mr. Trump, but the America we live in is still by and for the people, it was built by immigrants, we are the descendents of those immigrants and the only people America has truly forgotten about is its immigrants and the Native Americans, both who worked to build this country to what it is today. We should take care of them—they have, after all, taken care of us.
Reach Ashley at the Record-Herald (740) 313-0355 or on Twitter @ashbunton