OPINION: Trump’s xenophobic rhetoric escalating as midterm elections near

On Monday, Trump stated without evidence, that “criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in” amongst the migrant caravan making its way northward towards the U.S.-Mexican border.

This is a sad, desperate, and racist attempt to not only increase support from his anti-immigrant voter base but also further the xenophobic rhetoric that criminalizes the Latino and Middle Eastern  communities.

The reality is that most of the people in this caravan are from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. However, Trump continues to fantasize the false reality that all Latin American immigrants trying to get into this country are criminals or that all Middle Easterners are terrorists.   

 

We have all seen what happens when we allow such rhetoric to be used by our president  and his administration to militarize our borders and implement inhumane policies. Many of the children separated from their parents from the migrant caravan that migrated to our borders this last summer are still sitting in detention centers. Not to mention the psychological issues that many of this children will have to deal with for a very long time.

 

We can’t allow for Trump and his administration to use and twist the noble sacrifice that many of these migrants are making, by leaving everything behind in search for a better life for their family, purely for political gain.

 

To attempt to unify his followers, and gain some, through rhetoric like calling the need to keep this migrant caravan out of our country a “national emergency” is disgusting and low.

What we need is immigration reform, and at the moment, the only reform is coming from one of the most open racist members of Trump’s administration, Jeff Session through our country’s immigration court system.

Since Trump took office, Session has made it his goal to gain control of our nation’s immigration court system. Recently The Hill reported that Sessions appear to be “exploring a rule that would expand his judicial power” even more than he already has.

So don’t buy into the false narratives Trump has recently upped as we near the elections. They are without merit and seek only one thing…to keep him, his administration, and his party in power.