When it comes to undocumented immigrants, I’ve heard every kind of insult there is. Not that I’ve grown used to it, but every time an immigrant commits a crime that draws national attention or a general election nears, I know I’ll hear the usual harsh critiques, blanket insults and nonsense about immigrants – particularly those coming to the U.S. from Latin America.
When he announced that he was officially entering the 2016 presidential race, Donald Trump won a different contest altogether by becoming the Hispanic community’s most hated man. He dethroned the likes of Joe Arpaio – the staunchly anti-immigrant Arizona sheriff who has been accused of racial profiling – and even conservative author Ann Coulter, who recently declared that Mexican immigrants are as dangerous as Islamic State jihadis.
There are no good wars – every one is just another indication of our inability to solve problems without violence. But the war in Iraq has been especially absurd because it was launched for the wrong reasons, has taken tens of thousands of lives – including the deaths of more than 4,000 American soldiers – and has left that country even more unstable and dangerous.