Brenton Tarrant, an Australian in his late twenties has claimed responsibility for the massacre of at least 49 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Associated with the killings is a 73-page manifesto that he apparently wrote to justify his actions.
The manifesto includes the admiration for President Trump, “whom Tarrant celebrated as ‘a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.” The President called the event “a horrible, horrible thing’ before quickly pivoting to the topic of immigration.’ People hate the word invasion, but that’s what it is,’ he said”
What Trump is calling an invasion of our southern border has led him to send regular U.S. troops as if to repel an armed force that is going to attack with tanks, planes and missiles. The reality is that the people coming to the border are mostly mothers, children and families seeking refuge.
The term “invasion” in this regard comes from the vocabulary of White supremacy to dramatize the “intruder” from the south that is coming on a reverse genocide mission. That the “invaders” are mostly brown and speak Spanish makes the point that there is a real danger that the White English-speaking race will be diminished further.
The other term extensively used by the detractors of the Latino community is “illegal aliens.” While I get the gist of what they are trying to say, it should be pointed out that no human being, regardless of immigration status, is “illegal.”
Also, the term when applied to our southern border is no longer descriptive of the situation. There is no illegality in coming to the border and even crossing it without authority if the intent is to seek asylum.
Sometime ago, Mexican citizens stopped coming across our border seeking employment. The birth rate in Mexico is such that it only replaces mother and father with no one left to come to the United States.
Most of the millions of undocumented Mexicans in the United States have been here for a long time. They are the ones that brought the Dreamers and have raised American citizen children that have led the way to elevating K-12 performance to the levels of the majority and are being admitted to colleges and universities at higher rates than anyone else in the country including Whites.
The border wall represents a political statement of a racist president that seeks to score points with a racist constituency. With an 80 percent approval from Republicans, the President also seeks to divide America into White nationalists against the rest of us.
With respect to immigration at our southern border today, there is another major difference between Mexican immigration and immigration from Central America. Mexican immigration legal and otherwise has been accompanied by a sense of heritage and belonging.
After all, half of Mexico was overrun by the Unites States and that left families on both sides of the border. In a sense, coming from Mexico the America is like coming home again.
The Central American plight that has cause large refugee communities along the border is largely attributed to American appetite for illegal drugs and the large amounts of money they pay for their fun. The violence this has caused by the gangs and cartels serving this appetite is devastating these countries and their citizens who must leave.
President Trump is taking advantage of the Central American refugee plight cause by his fellow citizens to make war and score political points. The Latino community must remember that at election time.