The Ostensible Immigration Crisis, Explained

Just how far has the American Government detached itself from reality? 

Trump has decided to believe that a group of migrants who made their way from Central America to the US symbolizes the danger that American immigration is in. Ironically enough, Trump went on to state that “caravans ” are coming, and that violence is waiting to enter through the US because of the weakness of the US immigration laws.

In reality, according to a US customs and Border Protection report, illegal migration was at its lowest level on record last year. This recorded low has merely nothing to do with the Trump presidency at all, as it has been declining for twenty years now. The number of Border Patrol apprehensions along the southern border has dropped by 80%. 

In Mexico, more Mexicans were leaving the US before Trump than entering. A Pew Research Centre study claims that from 2009 to 2014, 1 million Mexicans and families went back to Mexico and 870,000 arrived in the US.

As for Central Americans, more than 1,000 migrants were fleeing gang violence and repression, and most of them were women and children. A small portion of them, 200, are expected to apply for asylum in the US, and past administration suggests that a quarter of them will be accepted.

This is the reality of the supposed immigration crisis. The truth is, Trump uses theatrics and false facts in each and every one of his policies to deter people from the truth. Hence ‘fake news’. It didn’t matter whether what they said was true or not, because it distracted people. It is a powerful political tool to blur the line between fact and fiction. This is a tactic used in politics called perception management.

Blurring the lines between fact and fiction became American politics. It didn’t matter if what you were saying was real, but how it made your opponent look. As the midterm elections approach, which are not looking too good for Republicans, Trump decides to create an immigration crisis. He describes them as threats to the US, and creates more fear and anger. Meanwhile, his new tax laws are becoming unpopular, healthcare is becoming out of control after the partial and confusing repeal of Obamacare. Not to mention the investigation with Robert Mueller. 

Nothing unites people like fear. For Trump supporters, nothing creates fear as much as immigration. Trump seems to want to inflame these fears before the midterms as a political strategy. According to a study by the National Academy of Sciences, Trump voters in the 2016 election were more passionate about voting for him for the same of status anxiety – not economic anxiety. This points to that same fear of atrophying power in a chaining society. Another analysis by the Public Religion Research Institute had a similar finding, that believes “fears about cultural displacement” were a key to understanding the motivations of Trump voters.

Trump, who is known to fabricate and uncreate realities, built his society of supporters on chaos and confusion. Creating fear in a society, whether it is immigration or economics, makes a society easier to control. When it comes to knowing the facts vs. the fiction in a Trump society, that has simply become irrelevant. To Trump and his supporters, the truth just doesn’t matter. Trump-times are bizarre times, where exceptional events keep occurring that seem to completely undermine the stability of American society. Pulling apart the facts from the fictions may just be too much to ask of the American President, but as a society we can’t forget that history is not what happened, but what remains when everything else is forgotten.

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