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Tue Apr 16, 2019, 02:23 PM

Eugene Robinson: No doubt now what drives Trump's border policy

The Trump administration has manufactured and exacerbated an immigration “crisis” to further the president’s most consistent goal: to Make America White Again.

Tens of thousands of Central American asylum-seekers, even hundreds of thousands, do not constitute a serious crisis; not for a continent-spanning nation of 330 million, a nation built through successive waves of immigration. The migrants have severely taxed and at times overwhelmed the systems at the border that must process and adjudicate their claims for refuge, but this is a simple matter of resources. We need more border agents, more immigration judges, more housing.

President Trump, however, treats the migrant surge like an existential threat. “We can’t take you anymore. We can’t take you. Our country is full,” he said earlier this month at the border in California. But, of course, our vast nation is anything but full. Instead of “can’t,” what Trump really means is “won’t.”

On almost any issue you can think of, Trump is all over the map. But there is one position on which he has never wavered: antipathy toward non-white immigration. From his campaign charge that Mexican immigrants are “rapists,” to his fruitless quest to get funding for a border wall, to his gratuitously cruel policy of family separations, to his declaration of a national emergency, Trump has left not an iota of doubt about how he feels.

To be sure, sometimes the president uses anti-immigration rhetoric to inflame his base. But unlike with other issues, Trump seems actually to believe his demagoguery about would-be Latino migrants.

The administration acts as if it considers the asylum-seekers to be less than human. What other conclusion can be drawn, after thousands of young children were taken from their parents and shipped to detention centers far away, as a deterrent to others who might seek entry? How else can anyone characterize the notion — now under active consideration, according to the White House — of transporting migrants hundreds or thousands of miles, not out of necessity but simply so they can be released in “sanctuary” cities and the districts of Trump’s political opponents?

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 02:45 PM

1. Simply a spoiled racist prick that resents any question of his superiority

Fred probably wanted him to man up at military school, but only succeeded in honing his inherent cruelty.

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Response to bigbrother05 (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 04:50 PM

5. If I recall correctly, Trump referred once to his "good genes" from German stock....

as part of the reason for his success.

As if making money and work ethic has anything to do with genes. And not that "work ethic" is anything that Trump has.

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #5)

Wed Apr 17, 2019, 11:07 AM

7. More like lucky genes, born to a rich daddy

Guess Mama's Scottish genes are the reason for his success on the golf course.

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Response to bigbrother05 (Reply #7)

Wed Apr 17, 2019, 03:58 PM

8. The "German stock" thing is part of the supremacy theory.

What Hitler & the Nazis believed.

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #8)

Thu Apr 18, 2019, 08:04 AM

9. Yeah, got that too. Funny how Nobel laureates don't mention that

Can't remember prize winners remarking how their Jewish/Arabic/Chinese/Russian genes made them better than others.

It seems like it's only folks with a lot of insecurities that have to tout unearned traits to establish an arbitrary pecking order.

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Response to bigbrother05 (Reply #9)

Thu Apr 18, 2019, 10:55 AM

10. In fact, when I've heard Jews speak on the subject of their being smart or good with money....

they ascribe it to their work ethic and emphasis on hard work and education, as a culture. Not to Jewish genes or some such thing.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 02:49 PM

2. Spot on, Eugene Robinson

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Response to Hekate (Reply #2)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 03:59 PM

4. "Our country is full." Well, SOMEBODY is full of SOMETHING.

Fuck you, President Turd.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 03:37 PM

3. In the closing months of WWII, trains to the Nazi extermination camps got priority...

...even though the German military situation was dire. The hatred is all-consuming. Trump has it as bad as Hitler ever did.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 05:21 PM

6. Perhaps. But I think Trump and Co. is using immigration to energize his deplorables ...

and keep the parts of the country polarized.

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