|CRIMSON TAZVINZWA, AIWA!NO!|Early this year, President Trump ‘marking one-year-in’ at The White House signed a national security memorandum establishing a “National Vetting Center” aimed at stricter vetting of those looking to enter the US. The promise and the results came pretty quick: The separation of parents and children at the US-Mexico border phenomenon isn’t just cruel and inhumane – it’s ridiculous isn’t it?
The presidential memorandum gave the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies six months to establish the center, which administration officials said is intended to streamline vetting and improve the flow of information between various federal agencies. The ‘Presidential policy promise‘ and consequent outcomes came pretty quick: The separation of parents and children at the US-Mexico border phenomenon wasn’t/isn’t just cruel and inhumane – it is and will ever be ridiculous. Right?
In the same vein and at the same time however, Mr.Trump freely disparaged US immigration laws, claiming that “not another country in the world has the stupidity of laws that we do when it comes to immigration.”
“MS-13 recruits through our broken immigration system, violating our borders. And it just comes right through — whenever they want to come through, they come through. It’s much tougher now since we’ve been there, but we need much better border mechanisms and much better border security. We need the wall; we’re going to get the wall. If we don’t have the wall, we’re never going to solve this problem. And I’ve gone to the top people. Many of these people are at the table right now, including this group. And without the wall, it’s not going to work …;” Remarks by President Trump at Law Enforcement Roundtable on MS-13; February 6, 2018
The statement sounds familiar. Yes it is. Pretty similar remarks to alarmist; hysterical claims – those made four-years earlier from this side of the pond by ‘our own’ non other than the then Defence Secretary Michael Fallon – “In some areas of the UK, down the east coast, towns do feel under siege, [with] large numbers of migrant workers and people claiming benefits, and it’s quite right we look at that.”This was in October of 2014. We actually haven’t gone far; have we?
Michael Fallon, the defence secretary, has claimed British towns are being “swamped” by immigrants and their residents are “under siege”, in an escalation of the emotive language being used by Tory ministers calling for a renegotiation of the UK’s relationship with Europe. In terms reminiscent of Margaret Thatcher in the 1970s, he said that in some areas of the UK, large numbers of migrant workers and foreign people claiming benefits should be subject to some form of restraint – or risk dominating the local population.