Something that I found astonishing was how similar the current anti-Mexican immigration rhetoric and acts that the president of the United States has been involved in to that of the rejection that Chinese, Irish, and Italian immigrants, among others, faced in the past. Trump ran his campaign on and is currently executing these promises of closing borders to all refugees and his most notable plan of building a wall on the Mexican border of the United States. This attack on Mexican immigrants where Trump said, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” These intense accusations made by President Trump are incredible derogatory and antagonizing. This along with creating the wall will not stop illegal immigration, but will only strengthen the growing divide between Mexico and the US.
This recent executive order that President Trump signed has created uproar in the US and around the world. It is a concrete example of how immigration is being limited purely based on ethnicity and religion. The “Muslim ban” is being questioned for both its morality and legality. This xenophobia can be directly compared to that of the Irish, Chinese, and Italian immigrants back in the 19th century. An interesting side note; in my opinion this executive action will do the exact opposite of what Trump intends it to. This ban will only further antagonize the Muslim world and create more recruiting material for ISIS and other terrorist groups. The xenophobia that is being expressed by the US will permanently harm the entire world’s view of America and only cause problems down the road in American diplomacy.