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    Why Blame Trump or the GOP? Anti-Immigrant Hate Coming From Everyday Americans


    Donald Trump is taking heat for his suggestion that he will deport 11 million illegal immigrants. Why?
    Whether you agree with his view or not, Trump is just tapping into the anger 50% of the voters have for illegals.
    Now, maybe Trump exaggerated the number of deportations by Hoover, Truman & Ike in the most recent Republican debate. But who's actually counting over on the right?

    None of that (the truth) really matters that much over there.
    People are mad; some people.
    And they don't like immigrants because they believe they are taking jobs Americans could have.
    They think that illegals are costing us money.
    And they are.
    It costs money to deport them, to house them, to feed them.
    So, why all the hate? Are we not a country of immigrants?
    Hoover, Truman & Ike did deport millions back to their country. Some they deported were actually legal Americans.
    These people were often left without water or food and 88 of them died in the desert from heatstroke.
    Trump, when asked said his deportations would be more humane.
    Does he mean like the 2 million plus deportations we see that President Obama has implemented since he took office?
    This is one thing that Obama has done that those that hate immigrants have liked that the president has done; even though they won't give him credit.
    From the NYT:
    "With the Obama administration deporting illegal immigrants at a record pace, the president has said the government is going after “criminals, gang bangers, people who are hurting the community, not after students, not after folks who are here just because they’re trying to figure out how to feed their families.”
    But a New York Times analysis of internal government records shows that since President Obama took office, two-thirds of the nearly two million deportation cases involve people who had committed minor infractions, including traffic violations, or had no criminal record at all. Twenty percent — or about 394,000 — of the cases involved people convicted of serious crimes, including drug-related offenses, the records show."-[NYT]


    So who should be hating who here?
    Some blame immigrants for taking their jobs.
    People are upset that Obama had to ask Congress for $3 billion to house thousands of underage children that crossed our border to escape certain death from wars and political upheavals in their own countries.
    Many came from south of Mexico where drug cartels murder innocent people regularly.
    Who has caused much of this political upheaval?


    When Bill Clinton passed NAFTA, subsidies were taken away from Mexican farmers that allowed them to compete with the large agricultural farms in the US and in Mexico.
    No longer able to earn a living on their own farm, they sold the land to large companies and looked for work in the US.
    Our trade agreement caused much of the problem we see today.
    So, what we did is to take away our friend's means of making a living and now refuse to let them come here to earn money to feed their children.
    Seems misguided to me, but then many don't know the real cause.
    So they hate immigrants.
    Maybe the lack of jobs for Mexicans and Americans has been caused by our own Congress and President when they pass trade bills.
    Why is no one hating bad trade agreements and calling for more worker protection in new agreements like TPP?
    Many misunderstand who these agreements help. They believe that the TPP and NAFTA was 'good for America'.
    But these trade agreements never are good for workers as we see the results of years of failed trade policy now at our borders.
    Our failed foreign policy has brought more immigrants to Europe from war torn Syria.
    People don't want to leave their homeland unless they are forced by circumstances beyond their endurance.
    What we see Trump advocating is what he sees many Americans want. He can read a room better than most.
    As outrageous as his proposal is to some of us, he's not alone in suggesting that this is the only solution.
    He has millions of people who support his belief that 11 million hard working people from south of our border need to go back in order to make things better for the remaining people in America.
    It won't. It never has.
    What we need is a dose of truth from our elected officials and media.
    Trade deals caused this disaster.
    Americans have themselves to blame for the immigration problem. They are to blame for there not being enough good paying jobs here in the US.
    We select our leaders and then fail to hold them accountable for their refusal to honestly address the issues that cause our problems.
    War, as an economic model, has never worked for the majority of Americans- just a few that own stock in Ratheon.
    And more security at the fence isn't going to stop people from fleeing from economic disaster and fear of death.
    Thoughtful solutions are out there.
    But until we can stop, learn, listen and then act; we won't see those solutions.
    So let's learn something from what Trump is saying.
    We have real problems that we can solve but not by yelling at one another and building a taller wall.
    Obama has deported more illegals than any other president.
    Trump's policy would just be continuing what Obama has already been doing.
    We need to look at the real reasons why Americans don't have the economic prosperity we used to enjoy.
    Our Congress and federal government has allowed our jobs to be outsourced.
    Let's blame them and force them to change this.
    And let's stop deporting families that are actually here to help all of us.
    After all, we are a nation of immigrants; all of us.

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