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President Trump fuels immigration fears with new ad campaign

The video was described as “sickening” and “racist” by the Republican Senator from Arizona. 

Trump Syria

Donald Trump | by Gage Skidmore.Flickr

President Trump shared the 53-second clip on Twitter with the caption: “It is outrageous what the Democrats are doing to our Country. Vote Republican now!”

The clips show Luis Bracamontes, a Mexican citizen who killed two police officers back in 2014. However, critics of the President were quick to point out that Trump’s bid to blame the murders on Democrats were unfounded.

Bracamontes was deported 21 years ago under the Clinton administration but returned four years later when Bush, a Republican, was in office. He was deported again and returned the following year, still under the Bush administration.

Jeff Flake, a Republican Senator from Arizona, described the video as “a new low in campaigning” and “sickening”, according to CNN reporter Jake Trapper. Flake was just one of many critics speaking out against the ad, including University of California Berkeley professor Robert Reich, who said:

“This may be the most desperate and vile ad since Willie Horton. Trump and Republicans don’t want to talk about the fact that they plan to repeal the ACA, gut Social Security, Medicare, & Medicaid, and cut taxes even further for their donors, so they’ve resorted to fearmongering.”

Why is Trump’s rhetoric and fearmongering dangerous

President Trump has been using the US-bound caravan to entice fear among Americans, saying in an interview earlier this week that the caravan consists of “unknown Middle Easterners” and “criminals.”

A few days later, 11 Jewish worshipers lost their lives when a gunman opened fire at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The gunman later confessed that the caravan fueled his attack.

Details about the caravan

Yes, thousands of migrants and refugees are attempting to reach the border and yes, Trump’s administration may try to turn them back. Trump announced that US troops might be deployed to the US-Mexico border in preparation for the caravan’s arrival.

However, a few facts have to be taken into consideration. It is legal for people without papers to seek asylum at the US Border, and that right is recognised by domestic and international laws.

If they are turned away at the border, they risk losing their lives by returning home. Aljazeera explained that “caravans are an alternative to people smugglers.”

People travel in large groups, and even though the journey is dangerous, it’s safer than paying smugglers to get them into the country illegally.

Trump has since threatened to cut foreign aid if “countries along the route don’t stop the caravan.” The thing to remember though is that the goal of that aid is to improve conditions so that citizens of those countries won’t need to immigrate in the first place.

Mike Pence promised earlier this month that the US will continue to stand with migrants to fight against the corruption and strengthen their countries through economic growth.

Whether the US respects their rights remains to be seen.