Donald Trump ran on the political platform that immigrants are destroying the country. He has made the cornerstone of his presidency the building of a wall along the U.S.-México border to keep America safe from immigrants like myself. Trump is still peddling the wall and he has attempted to demonize Muslim’s by imposing a travel ban on some of them and by attacking cities that embrace immigrants. To Trump and his supporters, America would be better off if immigrants, like myself, were expelled from the country. But lucky for Hispanics, and immigrants, like myself, were expelled from the country. However, there is still a Democracy, with checks-and-balances, imposing sanity to a chaotic and hateful Trump administration.

As many of you know, the Trump Administration wants to end so-called “sanctuary cities” under the guise that they make the country unsafe. To their credit, most notably the State of California and other political jurisdictions, have embraced openly the notion that they embrace immigrants by refusing to cooperate with federal officers intent on deporting as many immigrants as possible and using taxpayer monies to help defend immigrants in court. To counter this, Donald Trump imposed an executive order threatening to pull all federal funds away from jurisdictions that did not declare themselves as not a sanctuary city.

On Monday, November 20, 2017, the checks-and-balances clearly told Donald Trump that he is wrong once again. U.S. District Judge William Orrick ruled that “the defendants are permanently enjoined from enforcing Section 9(a) of the Executive Order against jurisdictions they deem as sanctuary jurisdictions. Because Section 9(a) is unconstitutional on its face, and not simply in its application to the plaintiffs here, a nationwide injunction against the defendants other than President Trump is appropriate”.

This was a permanent order and it follows many other rulings curtailing Trump’s hateful politics against immigrants since he took office.

The Trump administration continues to insist that immigrants are bad for the country, although judges and voters have told him otherwise. It is likely that the Donald Trump administration will contest this latest ruling, as he has the others and will likely tweak the executive order in hopes of passing it through judicial scrutiny.

Meanwhile substantial legislation remains illusive as the Trump administration continues to try to impose draconian measures counter to the ideals under which the country was founded. ObamaCare, or the Affordable Care Act, although the lynchpin of the GOP and of Trump remains the law of the land because even Trump’s own party cannot stomach supporting the ill will and hateful politics that the Trump administration as it is now known for.

As a reminder, the Trump Wall will not be built but millions of taxpayers’ monies will be used nonetheless to create the illusion of a “magnificent” wall dividing U.S. and México. How’s that for making America Great Again? Or, was it Make America Poorer through hateful politics?

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...

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