Opinion: Latino immigrants pose challenges to U.S., but no threat, despite Trump’s bluster

I recently heard that immigrants are the cause of the majority of the problems and decadence in America.” These are words of Donald Trump. A man, who without his fortune, would be nothing more than another retrograde, ignorant, not to be taken seriously at all.

The United States represented for over 200 years, the land of freedom and opportunity. No nation in the world, past or present, ever offered such a thing to people, no matter their country of origin. Even Trump’s grandfather came from Germany and changed his last name, originally spelled “Drumpf”.

I lived in the States for a while; and I still travel there often. Illegal immigrants pose serious challenges to the U.S. But a threat? Or a menace? Good heavens! Well, at least, not the ones from Mexican or Latino origin.

Illegal immigration represents a considerable working force. They effectively contribute to the economic growth, considering that they pay their taxes, and because of their situation, they are not elegible for social benefits.

In the 21st century, the mere idea to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border sounds as ridiculous as to re-build the Berlin wall.

I cannot avoid seeing Mr. Trump’s speech full of racist, stereotyped and xenophobic content based on beliefs and partial truths that are effectively a lie directed specifically at Mexico and its inhabitants. I’m not hearing anything referring to immigrants from other origin. What I see is that there are still open wounds, issues and beliefs, some of them traceable all the way back to the Civil War.

In a few words: Trump is bringing the worst of America to the political arena. The best way to control immigration is to offer a reform that includes the adjustment and regularization (why not amnesty?) to the more than 11 million illegal immigrants (now satanized).

Back in the 80’s, the Reagan Administration launched an immigration plan that brought millions of immigrants to legality and was part of the recovering of the economy during its eight years in the White House.

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Donald Trump and Ronald Reagan in 1980 (Photo: www.dailymail.co.uk)

Funny that Trump’s recycling Reagan’s motto, “Make America Great Again,” to promote himself, while his plans go completely the other way. Republican leaders are tired of Trump, but they cannot get rid of him. Too radical; too politicaly incorrect; too nasty. Even for the Tea Party. What a mess!

The pompuously named “Trump Wall” is not the solution. Nor to revoke visas, or confiscate wages from the workers to pay for the wall. Get out of my country?
Shame on you Mr. Trump.

 

by Emilio Moller

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Emilio Moller is a psychologist and a well known journalist from Mérida, Yucatán. Anchor for the “Primera Plana” news show on Mérida cable TV, he is also Secretary of the group, Patrons of Merida’s Historic Center (Secretario del Patronato del Centro Histórico de la Ciudad de Mérida).

 

 





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