Mr. President, Tear Down This Nonsense
Let’s make something clear. The vast majority of Americans don’t endorse or condone illegal immigration. We don’t support open borders. We recognize that unchecked, uncontrolled immigration is an objectively bad idea. We may not all agree on the best way to manage immigration, but we want it to be legal.
Nevertheless, your administration’s recklessly exaggerated narrative — a prepper fantasy in which drug dealers, terrorists, and gangs pour over miles and miles of land like a wide-angle shot from The Walking Dead — has burgeoned to the point of abject absurdity. The American public doesn’t believe you. You claim concern over drugs and crime coming across our southern border, but we know that illegal border crossings are at their lowest in over forty years. We have seen the statistics: the vast majority of drugs crossing the US-Mexico border are smuggled through legal ports of entry, with the most common method being commercial tractor-trailers. You have failed to show us any evidence that your wall-turned-fence would fix any of the problems you appear so worried about.
Tonight, you told us that a “physical barrier” is critical to keeping us safe from these problems we know have nothing to do with the border. We know better. Border agents already have metal fencing where it is needed. What they need now are the very things your party has denied over and over: better resources, more facilities to care for children and families, more immigration judges to handle asylum cases.
Tonight, you told us there is “a crisis of heart and soul” at the border. Do you know what we think? We see your wall for what it is: a political image designed to galvanize fear and loathing. You want us to look outward with suspicion, to see a physical representation of the racism and xenophobia you built your candidacy around. You think all Americans can be manipulated and controlled like the minority that elected you.
But we can’t be manipulated and we aren’t distracted. While you were preparing for your speech today, Americans learned that your campaign manager, Paul Manafort, funneled information to his Russian handler as Putin directed his government to mount its attack on our elections in your favor. Rick Gates, who has been cooperating with Mueller for almost a year, helped.
You don’t fool us with all this nonsense.
Tonight, you said the federal government is shut down for one reason and one reason only. That’s true, and that reason was sitting behind the Resolute Desk. You urged Americans to call our representatives in Congress and urge them to do the right thing. We would…only, we can’t, because their offices are shut down. But if we could, we would tell them to keep standing up to you. America deserves better than a bully who cares more about pleasing oligarchs, dictators, and corporations than about his country.
David MacMillan is a freelance writer, paralegal, and law student in Washington, DC.