The wall that Donald Trump has been pushing forth to deal with border security is trumped (pun intended) by the facts. As part of his political rhetoric, Donald Trump has been pushing forth a narrative that immigrants and a porous border is a danger to the US way of life. Fortunately, for those of us that know the truth, the facts continue to prove that Donald Trump is wrong. The real danger from terrorism and insecurity does not derive from the Mexican border, but rather from Europe. A border wall will not change that, no matter how much Donald Trump and his supporters continue to say that it will.

I previously showed you how that 9/11 terrorists entered the US through flights into the US from other parts of the world, most notably from Europe. As a matter of fact, not one of the 9/11 terrorists entered via Mexico. Most of them had the legal status to be in the US at the time they committed their acts of terror. Those facts have not stopped Trump, and his followers, from continuing the narrative that the US-Mexico border is the threat to the US. (link)

I also shared with you my analysis of almost one hundred terrorism-related criminal cases in US courts. Of the 94 cases I studied, only two individuals entered the US through Mexico and one from Canada. Of the 94 individuals charged with terrorism, only four were undocumented immigrants. The most important data point is that 75% of those charged are US citizens who were born in the country. (link)

None of these facts have stood in the way of the narrative that the US-Mexico border needs to be walled up. Today, let me add another inconvenient fact to the Trump immigration rhetoric.

As many of you know, on June 18, 2016, Michael Steven Sandford was arrested for trying to kill Donald Trump at a Las Vegas casino. Sandford tried to grab the gun from a police officer to kill Trump. (United States of America vs. Michael Steven Sandford; Magistrate 2:16-mj-443-GWF)

Sandford has been charged with “Act of Violence on Restricted Grounds”. According to the arrest affidavit, Michael Sandford had been planning to kill Trump “for about a year.”

Now here are the facts that Donald Trump and walling up the border supporters do not want you to notice.

Michael Steven Sandford is a British citizen who overstayed his visa. He is a white undocumented immigrant that attempted to kill a US presidential contender.

This does not fit the political rhetoric about sealing the border shut between Mexico and the United States. It also does not fit the narrative about insecurity at the border and thus it likely won’t be discussed by closed-border advocates.

This is because Sandford is not Mexican and thus it destroys the idea that the true threat to the US lies not from Mexico, but from Europe. To admit this will require having a real discussion about closing off immigration from Europe, instead of from Mexico.

But you won’t hear this from Donald Trump because the sad reality is that Donald Trump didn’t target Mexico and its citizens because he truly believes there is a danger, but because he doesn’t like Mexicans. That is the true underlining thing that drives Trump’s narrative about the dangers of the US-Mexico border.

Martin Paredes

Martín Paredes is a Mexican immigrant who built his business on the U.S.-Mexican border. As an immigrant, Martín brings the perspective of someone who sees México as a native through the experience...

8 replies on “Donald Trump gets Trumped by Facts About the Dangers of Immigrants”

  1. The more it is reported that the southern border is porus and more forgiving the more likelihood of terrorists crossing. As far we know terrorists have not be caught crossing, doesn’t mean there won’t be a first time.

    Terrorism comes in many forms. Drug trafficking, sex slaves, criminals, covert operatives. So yes we do need a secure border. Just as Mexico needs a secure southern border. Who knows who enters Mexico via the ocean as refuges.

    Times have changed and countries need to know who is entering their country and purpose.

    Does he hate Mexicans ? Only he knows for sure. Heck, with computer hacking, it’s been reported that Hillary disparages handicapped, blacks AND Mexicans. I’ve said it before, some disparage people for race, politics, religion, gender identity, heritage, region of US states and economic status. They do it among like minded people or at home. Yet announce to the world that they are very accepting of others or at least tolerant. So isn’t it hypocrisy when WE label others for doing the
    same thing?

    Are those cruel comments done out of hate, it’s cool, to fit in, anger ? Only the person knows for sure.

    Politicians say things all the time that shouldn’t be said, mostly because it’s expedient or is it hate ? Didn’t we just have a local politician made sure it was known that they went to see the Pope, now they have issues with the Catholic Church. Other things have been said or implied by the same politician. Is it hate ? Only they know.

  2. A country is its border, among other things. When millions of people disrespect that fact, something needs to be done about those people and about the border. Trump is the only candidate who is talking about this. November will tell if the electorate agrees with him. If it does agree and Trump become POTUS, what are you going to do?

  3. Why not include hillary’s “hate” comments too? She favored a walk, or physical structure, she disparaged Mexicans. Is this hate as you allege of Trump. How about a balanced article? I’ve never heard the word “hate” from trump’s mouth but I consistently hear you use the word “hate”! He favors LEGAL IMMIGRATION. How’s that hate. I favor LEGAL IMMIGRATION. does that mean I hate?

  4. Martin — It’s wrong to accuse Trump of racism. Your reasoning is not logical. It’s more accurate to say that 1) all terrorists do not enter via the Southern border and some are born here, and 2) officials do not know of a terrorist sneaking across the southern border. The border still needs to be secured. Just because a terrorist carrying a dirty bomb has not crossed the Rio Grande illegally does not mean it won’t happen. Or maybe one already has. It has nothing to do with racism. I could leave my door unlocked for one year and, if nothing happens, be satisfied that it’s safe. Then on the day 366, a crazy murderer walks in and wipes out my family and me. Sure there are other ways a murderer can enter the house, but why leave the door open?

  5. How does one wait in line to legally come into the country when they are fleeing from home? The poor huddled mass can’t wait in line while they starve while being exposed to the elements. Man’s law<God's law.

    1. The huddled masses can stay in Mexico or go to other countries. Why do they have to come to the U.S.? It’s hard to understand why everyone wants to come to the U.S. and wants to hate the U.S. at the same time. Make up your mind.

  6. Bark, bark, bark; no matter what facts or bones of reason are thrown to the Trump dogs, they continue to bark

  7. Pedro, perhaps you are suggesting that these dogs roll on their backs and pee, submission. Ain’t gonna happen.

    These dogs will continue to claim their turf and protect it.

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