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How Trump is building on Democrats' militarization of the border



You also talk about—that for many, many
years, first, certainly, throughout most of the early 20th century, there was a fairly
fluid situation at the border, people coming back and forth, with not a whole lot—there
was a Border Patrol established in 1924, but there wasn’t really the kind of constant surveillance or seizing of people and sending them back. Can you talk about the development of the
border wall mentality in more recent decades? When I was a kid, there was no fence. Migrants would come across the border—yes,
illegally, without papers. And we’re talking now in the ’60s and
early ’70s. Five years ago, when I was a kid, right. Thirty, 40 years ago, there was no border
fence. There were fewer border guards. People would come. They would migrate. They would work in the fields; they’d go
back home. And this was understood and known. Even though that people were entering without
inspection, without papers, people looked the other way, for the most part. I’m not quite sure what happened, what the
flashpoint was, that we started to militarize the U.S.-Mexico border, but all of a sudden
immigrants became criminal, and we wanted to wall ourselves off from them. We have more undocumented immigrants in the
United States than we’ve ever had, because it’s hard to get in. Now that people—when they finally do get
in, they stay. And they not only stay, they bring their families
in at a later time, when they can. So, we have this swelling effect because of
the way that we manage our borders. I don’t know that we’ve had a terrorist
that’s come up from Mexico. We haven’t had some sort of an attack from
Mexicans in the United States. And all of a sudden we have this sort of militarized
infrastructure. It’s somewhat of a mystery to me. I watched all of this happen, bit by bit. I actually think it’s a political construct. If I’m a politician and I want to run on
keeping you safe from these immigrants, I could look like a knight in shining armor. And I think that that’s what Trump and presidents
before him have done. There’s a portion of Clinton’s State of
the Union speech, his second one, his second year in office, that reads like Trump wrote
it. “We’re going to go after illegal aliens. We’re going to go after the criminals coming
across the border. We’re going to fortify the border. We’re going to build border walls. We’re going to hire more border guards. We’re going to keep you safe.” I’m actually paraphrasing, but that’s
the gist of his speech. That sounds like a Trump speech to me. Bill Clinton was the author, or at least his
administration was the author, of the border walls and the way that we manage the border
today. The laws that were set in place then are the
laws that Donald Trump is standing on today, and allowing him to do what he does. In 1994, we had a policy that was enacted
called the Border Patrol strategy of 1994: prevention through deterrence. “Let’s build border walls in front of
San Diego, in front of El Paso and a couple of other major cities along the border, and
let’s purposely force migration through the deserts and through the mountains.” That’s on purpose, because we’re going
to let the terrain take care of them. The Border Patrol knew that people were going
to get sick, they were going to be dehydrated—this is all in the document—and that they may
die. That is the policy that we have in place,
as well as the detention facilities along the U.S.-Mexico border. Everything was geared to the fact that we
were going to shake people up. They knew very well that they weren’t going
to keep people from coming, but if they did come, they were going to know that we meant
business, and they were going to take that message of deterrence back home. We can fast-forward 20 years-plus today and
see that it hasn’t worked.

23 Comments

  1. Abshir
    Abshir July 12, 2019

    I chuckle when conservative lament about Obama's immigration policies. But the reality is Obama deported more immigrants than any president ever. In fact, his administration have deported more than the sum of all the presidents of the 20th century.

  2. Gary Johnson
    Gary Johnson July 12, 2019

    Figures, but wasn't it nixon who started "get tough on crime" policy, do the crime , do the time, with longer tougher sentence?

  3. The Doge-Emperor of Dogekind
    The Doge-Emperor of Dogekind July 12, 2019

    Amy Goodman always switches sides.

    Make up your mind, old lady………..

  4. Iowarail
    Iowarail July 12, 2019

    They aren't going back home, they are a burden on the system. Take your fence down and let them stay at your home and on your insurance.

  5. Daniel Steel
    Daniel Steel July 12, 2019

    John Carlos Frey is being disingenuous, here.

  6. michael morrison
    michael morrison July 12, 2019

    Can we talk about Israel's border walls, or is that allowed?

  7. West Winds
    West Winds July 12, 2019

    All of these hot spots that Trump is creating all over the world is political theater to afford the Federal Reserve the cover to lower interests because the US economy is on the verge of collapse but Trump et al., are scrambling to stave it off until after the 2020, election. This is why one day he is threatening Iran/Russia and N. Korea, and the next day he is flip-flopping and back-tracking much to the confusion of most. If he is successful and able to stave off the complete economic collapse of the US economy, then when it comes he can use the US military and our police force across the country to do a complete take-over as the whole country will be totally vulnerable. In walling the immigrants out, he is also walling all of us in.

    Donald Trump has authorized interference in the legitimately elected governments of other countries, vetoed the diplomat of the UK in the person of Kim Darroch, is demanding the physical person of Julian Assange even though Mr. Assange is NOT a US citizen and the US has NO legitimate jurisdiction over him, has threatened Iran and North Korea both with war without the participation or authorization of the US Congress, and has had his daughter, Ivanka, sit in for himself in a recent G-20 meeting of heads of foreign governments even though she is a White House staffer and has no legitimate standing as an elected official. All of this is beginning to paint a picture of an incremental assumption of complete global hegemony in the form of a dynasty dictatorship with DJT as King of the World for anyone who is awake enough to connect the dots. We are in serious trouble.

  8. Birgit B.
    Birgit B. July 12, 2019

    THank You for this objetive and informative doku !

  9. Ohtha_ Irony
    Ohtha_ Irony July 12, 2019

    30-40 years ago we had no drug war and they enjoyed living in the country they were in. We systematically destroyed these countries and now we ironically want to keep them living in the horror show we created for them. We need to end the drug war, legalise to some degree and control drugs in this country and actually put and end the cartels by not allowing them to profit off us. Then they will have no reason to come here in the vast numbers they are coming in and we will have no need for a wall on our southern boarder.

  10. stillpaints
    stillpaints July 12, 2019

    He doesn't know what the flashpoint was? Really? Crack cocaine, you idiot!

  11. DB Cooper
    DB Cooper July 12, 2019

    Migrants are the opposite of illegal aliens

  12. Cyril O'Reilly
    Cyril O'Reilly July 12, 2019

    Bill Clinton was the best Republican in sheep's clothing the GOP ever had. The destruction of the Democratic party started with him.

  13. billytheweasel
    billytheweasel July 12, 2019

    By the way;
    After they tanked Bernie's poll numbers with their propaganda – CNN & MSNBC are giving Bernie air time…
    I HATE THE CORPORATE MEDIA!

  14. Christopher Haist
    Christopher Haist July 12, 2019

    My mom grew up in south texas before ww2, and back then there was literally no border control. Just a bridge to walk across. They would go over to mexico for dinner on the weekend.

  15. G Watsittoyaa
    G Watsittoyaa July 12, 2019

    You wont know if a terrorist came up through mexico cause the borders are so poor , idiot same goes for drugs.

  16. 666AXIS999 BENITO AL QUBT
    666AXIS999 BENITO AL QUBT July 12, 2019

    FREE THE KID,S NOW

  17. Mike C
    Mike C July 12, 2019

    Immigration is just a symptom of a larger issue,
    Global hegemonic domination.

  18. tony fat
    tony fat July 12, 2019

    Trump is a great man and president

  19. gmanon
    gmanon July 12, 2019

    I wouldn't be surprised if the hands of British are on this. Trump recently visited England and he was treated as a King even when all of them think poorly of his capabilities as a president.

  20. Paul B
    Paul B July 12, 2019

    END ALL BORDERS!

  21. KG9551
    KG9551 July 12, 2019

    I can tell you why Democrats like Clinton and Obama supported these tough on crime and immigration policies… because the private prison industry helps to finance the party. Always follow the money. The only group that benefits from wrongfully imprisoning thousands of people are the corporations that build and run those prisons.

  22. David Brown
    David Brown July 12, 2019

    a lot of Trumptards making comments.

  23. Charles Kesner
    Charles Kesner July 12, 2019

    Thanks for this US Corporate Media fails us.

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