By: Matthew Mantzouranis
When Donald Trump announced that he was running for President on 16 June 2015, he announced that he was going to build a big wall along the U.S.-Mexican border. His intent is to keep illegal immigrants from coming into the United States. This has obviously sparked a huge debate between Trump supporters and many of those who are either uninformed or simply, politically correct.
What is racism?
In my previous article, “Political Correctness Gone Wild,” I talked about how those who are politically correct usually retreat to their safe spaces and smear the opposition as a racist instead of engaging in a conversation about important and even sensitive issues. Just to clear the air – and slam those who are too politically correct to understand the meaning of the term – I am going to provide everyone the definition of the word “racism.” According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, racism is “a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.” An example of racism is if one took in the fact that FBI statistics show that African-Americans commit the most amount of crimes in the United States and made a statement saying that “[All] African-Americans are criminals.” In this case, one is assigning characteristics to a particular race.
What did Donald Trump say that sparked controversy?
“The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everyone else’s problems…When Mexico is sending their people, they are not sending their best…They are sending people who have lots of problems and they are bringing those problems with us. They are bringing drugs, they are bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some I assume are good people…They’re sending not the right people…It’s coming from more than Mexico. It’s coming all over South and Latin America, and it’s coming probably…probably from the Middle East. But we don’t know because we have no protection…It’s got to stop fast.”
-Donald Trump on Illegal immigration
Donald Trump exclaimed that many illegal immigrants coming from Mexico and other countries to the United States are bringing in crime, drugs, etc. He also added that many of those criminals in particular happen to be rapists. Hence why – later in his speech – he mentions that he wants to build the wall.
Let us re-examine what racism means but from a much simpler text, “Poor treatment of or violence against because of their race. The belief that some races of people are better than others.” If one carefully pays attention to what Mr. Trump said, he is not saying that he is trying to keep Mexicans, Southern and Latin Americans out. He also did not say that all Mexican, Southern and Latin Americans are criminals, rapists, and drug dealers. He was singling out all of the illegal immigrants that come from those areas and more; not those who wish to legally immigrate to the United States. Anyone from any country outside of your own can be an illegal immigrant. He also added that many of those illegal immigrants are bringing in crime – such as rape – and drugs. Now, over the next few sections of this article, I will prove why Donald Trump’s statements are true.
It would obviously be a bad thing if Donald Trump made up information in order to try and limit the amount of people entering the country but it is completely different when what Mr. Trump said is actually true. Even if some illegal immigrants seek better lives in the United States, how could one determine the good from the bad without screening them? You are essentially letting in people who you do not even know or know where they are actually coming from. Much like how Ben Carson said in regards to bringing in Syrian refugees, “If you had 4 Syrians outside your house, and you know that at least 1 of them is a terrorist but there is no way for you to tell which one of them it is…you don’t let any of them into your house.” Meaning even if there are innocent people amongst the bad, why risk your own safety when there is no way to tell whether or not you are letting in criminals/terrorists. Even though terrorism and illegal immigration is a touchy comparison, its contents hold true since improper or lack of screening can bring in god knows how much crime within your country. Over the next few sections of this article, I will explain how Trump was not only telling the truth about illegal immigration but also, explain why having a secure border is common sense.
Is the U.S.-Mexican Border even secure?
There are some cases where the border fence is too small but there is an even bigger problem: the lack of a border in some states. Unlike the Berlin Wall or the Great Wall of China, the ‘wall’ that is currently in the United States is not really a wall. According to locals in Southern Texas, “a border wall suddenly ends. Its final post sits in a dry cornfield half a mile from the nearest bens in the Rio Grande River, the actual border with Mexico. It would be easy to walk around it.” Many anti-Trump supporters claim that there is already a border in between Mexico and the United States but the reality is that the wall in between the two countries is currently unfinished and just too small to keep illegal immigrants out of the country. According to the Secure Fence Act of 2006, the United States was supposed to finish building a secure fence/wall but is within 100 miles of finishing it. Republican Presidential candidates prior to Donald Trump insisted that they would finish the wall but as one could see ten years after the fact, it has not been completed. In the next few sections, you will see why this is very problematic.
Illegal immigration has always been a problem in the United States but it was never taken seriously until Donald Trump brought it up. In January, Obama tried to pass legislation that would “protect millions of illegal immigrants from deportation.” Keep in mind that many other countries deport illegal immigrants like India, Iran, Libya, even Mexico themselves, etc. because illegal immigration is in fact, an illegal act.
As one may know, it costs tax payers’ money to keep and put criminals in jail. Vera researchers have discovered that “the average annual per-inmate cost was $31,286…the annual price to taxpayers was $39 billion.” It seems fair that pay for criminals within your own country to go to jail but is it fair to pay your hard-earned money to jail people who are not even from your country like say, illegal immigrants? According to the Bureau of Judicial Statistics, “73,665 [is] the number of inmates in state and federal prisons who are not U.S. citizens.” How is it fair to tax hardworking citizens for over seventy-three thousand criminals who are not even citizens of the United States? If illegal immigrants were barred from entering the country, American citizens would only have to pay money to put American criminals in American jails instead of random criminals from all over the world.
Keeping an open border where illegal immigrants can easily cross the border is not safe for American citizens. When you are the commander-in-chief of your country, one of your main goals is keeping you own people safe; not constantly putting them in danger. According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, “177,960 [was] the number of undocumented immigrants deported last year who were convicted criminals.” So not only are illegal immigrants freely crossing the border but many of them are already convicted criminals. How does that keep American citizens and even legal American immigrants even remotely safe?
This next point will touch upon the incompetence of current President Barack Obama and his former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. In between 2009 and 2011 – in what is now known as Operation Fast and Furious – the Arizona Field Office of the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) had “purposely allowed licensed firearms dealers to sell weapons to illegal straw buyers…to track the firearms as they were transferred to higher-level traffickers and key figures in Mexican cartels.” In other words, the administration was supplying guns to criminals within Mexico to track Mexican drug cartels. That somewhat makes sense right? The problem is that this plan miserably failed and resulted in more problems for the United States.
As the U.S.-Mexican border continues to be an open hazard for American citizens, another tragedy struck on 24 July 2015. Sixty-four year old Marilyn Pharis was asleep in her California home on July 24 until, according to Santa Maria police, “Victor Aureliano Martinez, 29, and Jose Fernando Villagomez, 20, allegedly broke into her home…sexually assaulted her and beat her with a hammer.” Martinez and Villagomez were both illegal immigrants who had illegally crossed the U.S. border earlier in that week. Unfortunately for Pharis, she died on August 1.
What makes this case even more disturbing is that Victor Aureliano Martinez was arrested two weeks prior to the murder for possession of methamphetamine. In addition to that, he was arrested in Santa Barbara County four times dating back as early as 2009. He was arrested for driving without a valid license, possession of illegal drugs, misdemeanor battery. Given his history of crime in the United States, how could Martinez possibly commit more crimes within that same country? Because the border is not secure. If the border was secure, do you think that many illegal immigrants would still be able to commit multiple crimes in the United States? But of course, incompetent leaders like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton do not believe in keeping American citizens safe.
On 14 December 2010, U.S. Border Patrol agent, Brian Terry and others were patrolling Santa Cruz County, Arizona – which is just eleven miles from the Mexican border. Terry and other Border Patrol agents came across five illegal immigrants. After the border patrol guards “fired non-lethal beanbag guns, the suspects responded with their own weapons, leading to a firefight…Terry was shot and killed.” Brian Terry was killed by same – now illegal immigrant – set of criminals that Obama had provided guns for. Instead of keeping his own people safe by securing the border, he armed criminals with guns who then crossed the border to shoot border security. Since the border is still not secured, many of these same criminals are wandering around the United States as President Obama is now refusing to deport illegal immigrants regardless of whether or not they are criminals.
Mexico is well-known for the growing, processing, distribution of various illegal narcotics like cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamines. Ever since the 1970s, “Mexican drug cartels have easily recruited Mexicans and Central Americans seeking better lives in the United States to carry the contraband north…when these people succeed in crossing the border, they may choose either to continue to transport drugs for the cartel of to remain in the United States illegally.” One could make the argument that many illegal immigrants enter the United States seeking better lives for themselves and/or their families. But when “thousands of illegal immigrants are involved in drug trafficking,” why risk bringing in more drugs which does more harm than good in the United States when you are not even screening illegal immigrants?
When illegal immigrants choose to stay in the United States to continue helping Mexican cartels, one could assume that some of them are caught in the process. In this case, the word “some” is a completely understatement. According to Pete Kasperowicz of the Washington Examiner, “In 2013, 1,123 illegal immigrants were sentenced on convictions of simple possession, and made up 55.8 percent of those cases. In 2014, 1,681 illegal aliens were sentenced, and they made up 74.1 percent of the total.” Illegal immigrants make up more than fifty percent of all drug trafficking convictions. Not to mention that according to data from the United States Sentencing Commission, “of the more than 2,200 people who received federal sentences for drug possession in fiscal year 2014, almost three-quarters of them were illegal immigrants.” In 2014, almost seventy-five percent of all federal sentences for drug possession happened to come from illegal immigrants.
Let us take a step back and examine the fact that the majority of all drug-related crimes in the United States are caused by illegal immigrants. Now ask yourself, ‘Why have an open border?’ An open border would continue to allow thousands of illegal immigrants to enter the United States, and distribute more illegal drugs; more illegal immigrants commit more drug-related crimes than actual American citizens within their own country. Over three hundred and twenty-three million people live in the United States, and over two thousand illegal immigrants distribute drugs in the United States. Notice how the United States contains almost one hundred and sixty thousand times more citizens than the amount of illegal immigrants associated with Mexican drug cartels within the same country and compare that to the fact that those same illegal immigrants are associated with almost seventy-five percent of all federal sentences in the U.S. for drug possession. Hence a big wall along the U.S.-Mexican border would limit the amount of drugs entering the United States.
Since racism is the “Poor treatment of or violence against because of their race. The belief that some races of people are better than others,” there is no logical reason to believe that Donald Trump’s remarks about wanting a secure border makes him a racist. There is not even a finished border in some states such as Southern Texas. There is also plenty of crime that illegal immigrants are committing in the United States that the Obama Administration not only refuses to fix but to some extent, even caused – Operation Fast and Furious. Not to mention that illegal immigrants have been charged with more drug-related offences in the United States than actual American citizens themselves. Given the fact that what Trump did not single out a particular race to be responsible for all illegal immigrants and everything that he said during his speech has been proven to be true, how could that be racist?
Many of the people who refuse to acknowledge these problems are those very same politically correct individuals who demand to be left in their safe spaces so that the real world does not hurt their personal narrative(s). Those politically correct individuals who refuse to acknowledge the problem – like President Obama and current Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton – only endanger the lives of citizens within their country. Many anti-Trump supporters try to make the argument that there are more criminals in the United States than that of which illegal immigrants bring into the country. But ask yourself: if you were the President of the United States, wouldn’t a secure border not only decrease crime in the United States and keep your own citizens safer in the process? Not to mention that it is not worth risking the lives of millions of innocent American citizens by allowing people into your country without screen checks, knowing who those people are, where they are coming from, etc.