Fixing Problems That Don’t Exist

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January 29, 2017 by Chris Kite

The first week of Donald’s Trump Presidency proved he is the person we saw during his campaign. He is a liar. He is a bully. He is a racist. He is incompetent. He has completely wrong ideas about what is wrong with America.

His two most overreaching and wrong headed executive orders his first week were his ban on travel from seven Muslim countries and his executive order to start building the wall along the Mexican border. Both are being challenged. The immigration ban appears to be illegal since The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 banned all discrimination against immigrants based on nation of origin. The wall cannot be built without congress appropriating money.

On the immigration ban, he strangely left out the countries where the 9/11 terrorists came from. Of no coincidence is that he has or has had business interests in most of the predominantly Muslim countries left off the list. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t support a ban on immigration of Muslims from any country. But if he were truly worried about Islamic terrorists, why wouldn’t he include all predominantly Muslim countries. Finally, there is the refugee ban. Refugees have proven to be very, very unlikely to create a crime problem. Crimes of any kind by refugees are rare. Terrorism attacks are even more rare. Since the 9/11 attacks, there are not been any fatal attacks by immigrants from the nations included in the ban. Quite simply, it is a problem that doesn’t exist.

As far as the wall, it is again solving a problem that doesn’t exist. Illegal immigration from Mexico is down. Illegal immigrants are far less likely to commit crimes than American citizens based on statistics. Additionally, overall, the illegal immigrant population in this country has been decreasing.

Maybe Donald Trump should focus on real problems in this country. Maybe he should be worrying about the millions of Americans that still don’t have healthcare. Perhaps he should be worried about improving mental healthcare. Perhaps he should focus on implementing nationwide background checks for all gun purchases.

It is no surprise, but only one week into his job, he is proving to be exactly what most of us feared.

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