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With President Trump's request to deploy National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, the xenophobic, ill-informed and factually-errant President Trump has expressed for years takes on a new life. Is it time to finally make serious strides in stopping a man hellbent on damaging the United States in the eyes of the rest of the world for his own sake?
Much to the surprise of nearly everyone (though no one admittedly should be surprised), President Trump has taken immigration into his own hands and asked that National Guard troops be deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border as a means to curb illegal immigration and ... drugs, or ... whatever the hell else Donald Trump thinks is a pertinent reason to send National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border. Honestly, it's so hard to tell what motivates the President to do almost anything he does. This is especially true on immigration, since apparently, President Trump's efforts have decreased illegal border crossing to an (albeit "UNACCEPTABLE") "46 year low" as of April 5, 2018, despite that, as of April 4, 2018, "numbers of illegal border crossings [have risen] from 40-year lows last April, back to previous levels," according to DHS Secretary Kristjen Nielsen.
It seems the Trump Administration has ruptured the space-time continuum. The mental gymnastics needed to get through a 24-hour period of this procession of perplexity are truly remarkable.
Contradictory illegal border crossing tallies aside, within the context of President Trump's immigration rhetoric, this call to deploy National Guard troops to the southern border is another disturbing event in an already disturbing presidency. The United States' relationship with Mexico is strained as it is and an effective "militarization" of the border between the nations only serves to throw kerosene on an already raging pyre. Further, there's nothing to indicate things won't get worse from here, so this development asks a salient question: much like a border between nations itself, where will the line be drawn when it comes to the hyperbolic sentiments and precarious actions of a capricious, maladjusted Commander-in-Chief?
When will enough be enough? In just over 14 months, Trump has found himself sinking in quicksand while in complete denial of it, and has used his position to create a list of headlines and think-pieces that will likely be used by future Presidents as a nonpartisan blueprint of what not to do and by future scholars and students as a timeline of the most troublesome period in the history of the American presidency. With a request to deploy National Guard troops to the southern border, Trump's xenophobia has taken on a new life, and when combined with a potential trade war that may do to the total American economy what Brownback did to Kansas, the fears of a Trump presidency are escalating in realness and the road forward is continuing to darken.
In 2016, during a show in Mexico City, Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters performed the song "Pigs (Three Different Ones)" from the Pink Floyd album Animals to an enormous, engaged crowd. As the song's coda hit its stride, the backdrop behind him morphed from vibrantly colored images of President Trump's likeness defaced to a litany of his most disparaging and disgusting comments, before tapping into what was then, and may still be, the most common sentiment in Mexico:
"Trump, eres un pendejo."