Two years ago, many Americans thought it implausible that a candidate with racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-environmental ideas would ever be elected president. But when it comes to Donald Trump, we were wrong. And we’ve been wrong repeatedly.
MEXICO CITY — Recently I asked Andrés Manuel López Obrador if he wanted to become president of Mexico, although we all know the answer. “Yes,” López Obrador replied confidently, “and the third time’s the charm.”
If things don’t change soon, Enrique Peña Nieto’s presidency could become the bloodiest since the Mexican Revolution. The official statistics on homicides in Mexico are staggering. But even more outrageous is the breakdown of justice in the face of the carnage.
We can now put a number on the level of fear undocumented immigrants are experiencing. Since Donald Trump’s inauguration, authorities have deported at least 5,441 migrants who have no criminal record, according to The Washington Post. This is more than double the number deported during the same period last year under the Obama administration.
Enrique Peña Nieto, the president of Mexico, is very frustrated these days. The public is refusing to acknowledge, much less applaud, any of his accomplishments. For instance, authorities in Italy and Guatemala recently arrested two former Mexican state governors who went on the run after being accused of widespread corruption. Peña Nieto took credit for their capture, yet Mexicans welcomed the news with suspicion, criticism and memes on social media.
Some lessons just never sink in, even after 500 years.
President Trump has made up three tall tales to criminalize, criticize and reject immigrants in the United States. These stories are full of lies, but he’s repeated them so often that many Americans have started to believe them.
Donald Trump scares children. I’m not exaggerating. Last week, I heard kids saying they’re frightened that the new president will deport their parents from the United States.
People keep asking me how I’m doing, as though I’ve suffered a death in the family or been struck by a terminal illness. I understand why, and I’m grateful for the concern: President Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant proposals are materializing one after another — and he’s been in the White House for less than a month.
If you want to build a fence around your house, ask your neighbors to pay for it and see what happens. Obviously, that’s an outlandish, irrational request — but that’s exactly what President Donald Trump is asking of Mexico.