Donald Trump is no fan of illegal immigrants.
In fact, he seems wholly prepared to shoot at them from now on, which is why he’s ordered the deployment of more than 5,000 U.S. troops to the southern border, where the President expects a clash with a caravan of Central American migrants.
Or maybe he doesn’t. Maybe he’s using the caravan story as a political gambit aimed at rallying the base ahead of the midterms. If he can convince everybody that the U.S. is being “invaded” by drug dealers and gang members, well then maybe he can help the GOP retain the House. I doubt it, but I suppose it’s worth a shot – figuratively and literally, because if that caravan ever does reach the border, it is highly likely that the ensuing chaos would lead to U.S. troops discharging their weapons.
The “best” case scenario is that the migrants end up in living in tent cities. Just ask Trump, who told Fox the following in an interview that aired on Monday evening:
Nothing could wrong with that plan, right?
In any event, Trump cranked up the aggressive anti-immigrant rhetoric even further on Tuesday when, in an interview with Axios, the President said he’s all set to sign an actual executive order ending birthright citizenship.
“It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don’t,” Trump bluntly declared. When pressed on whether he’s serious, he told Axios that “it’s in the process”. “It’ll happen”, he added, “with an executive order.” Here’s the clip:
Who knows whether this is actually “in the process” or not and needless to say, this would set in motion an extremely contentious legal fight, but if he goes this route, it will represent an extraordinary escalation in the administration’s immigration policy, which is already seen as cruel at best and inhumane at worst.