Why Is Illegal Immigration A Big Republican Issue?
Last night, the Republican presidential candidates spent the first 25 minutes of their debate talking about the dangers of illegal immigration. Why?
During the time that Barack Obama has been President of the United States, the number of Mexicans living in the United States without legal authorization has dropped by 1.3 million.
There is no immigration crisis. There is no border crisis. There is no crisis.
Yet, the last Republican debate before Super Tuesday opened up with a lengthy debate of who would be toughest against immigration.
The reason for this astonishing discrepancy between reality and the GOP presidential candidate focus on illegal immigration is that the Republican Party is interested in pandering to an enduring racist fear of foreigners who don’t have light-colored skin.
When Donald Trump declared that “The United States has become a dumping ground for Mexico and, in fact, for many other parts of the world.”, he was merely recycling an old talking point from the Ku Klux Klan.
18 years ago, KKK Grand Wizard David Duke used the same line. He said: “The third world nations such as Mexico are dumping their chaff onto American shores at the highest rate in history.”
No matter when you ask them about immigration policy, American nationalists will always tell you that the USA is facing a crisis. That’s because they believe that the mixing of Americans with foreigners is a crisis. It’s because they believe that the mixing of Europeans with non-Europeans is a crisis. It’s because they have an agenda of racist hatred that remains at a consistent fever pitch at all times. They will keep on pushing that nationalist agenda because they know that the Silent Majority understands the code: English Only, White Only.