Saturday, February 17, 2018

It's totalitarianism when Trump does it, part 2

"I voted numerous times, when I was a senator, to spend money to build a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants coming in. And I do think you have to control your borders."
- Hillary Clinton, when asked about illegal Mexican immigrants
Yes, that Hillary Clinton. And no, this wasn't like 10 or 20 years ago. This was a couple of years ago, when she was starting her presidential campaign. But before Trump announced his plans to do pretty much the same thing.

And she isn't the only member of the American Democratic Party to present such sentiments. I always love it when the media portrays Trump's "crackdown on illegal immigration", his firm stances for enforcing immigration laws, as something especially heinous and totalitarian, when the same narrative has been extremely common with most past American presidents. Very much including Barack Obama (you can find many speeches of his about stern measures for toughened border control and against illegal immigration.)

Trump didn't enact the American immigration laws, nor is he in any way different in trying to enact them as any past president or other prominent politician, no matter which side. Yet the media is portraying him as if he were unique and especially heinous about it. (While not perhaps directly stating it outright, the media indirectly gives the impression that Trump is the only president that has done this, and is enacting new rules and acts that did not exist before, and is commanding the police force to do things they weren't commanded to do before.)

I also love the narrative that the media gives about illegal immigrants from Central and South American countries and the fear of being deported as being, and I quote, the "worst fear", and "a nightmare", for each such undocumented immigrant. It's as if those countries where they come from, and to which they would be deported were... oh, I don't know... shithole countries? After all, if it would be such a "nightmare" to be deported back to those countries, what does that tell about those countries? The media is inadvertently calling those countries nightmarish, and going there one of the worst inhumane punishments in existence. And they don't even realize what they are doing.

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