One of the reasons Trump’s xenophobia and anti-immigrant stance and policies is not a loser is because it is a somewhat complicated and intertwined issue by design. A black man called Politics Done Right and laid out his community’s reality which could flip loyalties. They could become Trump voters or stay home.
Does his anti-immigrant commentary have merit?
Sometimes anti-immigrant sentiments are not born out of xenophobia, but out of negative behavior, they bring into the community they integrate. This black man called in from New Orleans. He explained how many in his community view immigrants that entered their communities. In short, he feels many come in and do not adequately integrate and treats them as less than.
The New Orleanian made it clear that no reasonable person would endorse separating children from their parents. It is an immoral act. But he added, “I as an African American do not feel that that particular issue is a pressing issue for the interests of African Americans.”
The caller believes that throughout the country, immigrants are going into African American communities with enterprises and actively locking African Americans out of the market. He then says that many of the foreigners mistreat people in these places many times bringing over their country’s particular hierarchy that is incompatible with American behavior.
There is much to what the caller says. But one must not mitigate the behavior by shutting our doors. We can stop those behaviors by educating the new immigrants about what we will tolerate and what we will not in this country based on “our American” culture we’ve ALL settled on over the centuries of our existence. Most would likely abide, and those who refuse can find another home.
The caller was also concerned that the country could not afford immigration when the opposite is true. We need immigration to sustain our economy. The problem isn’t the inability to assimilate people but the inequity in the distribution of our resources where a few take more and more.
The immigrant isn’t our problem. Many of the issues the caller spoke about are correctable. In fact, the behavior isn’t restricted to immigrants at all. The question we must resolve is much more profound. It is about a plutocracy that robs us all while instigating division among us.
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