Given the fact that Donald Trump became president in large part because of his attacks against Mexican "criminals" "rapists" and "drug dealers", it is not surprising that stirring up fears of increased migration at the Mexican border might become part of a strategy to return Trump, or some other Republican, to the White House in 2024. Nor is it entirely wrong to talk about a Mexican border "crisis" or "surge", as we are now seeing more and more often in the media.

During the Trump years, there certainly was a Mexican border crisis - a crisis of cruelty and human rights violations, if not actual Crimes Against Humanity, going by the names of "Family Separation" "Border Wall" and "Remain in Mexico", as well as many other actions by the Trump-Miller administration to try to close off the Mexican border entirely as part of a larger effort to shut down nonwhite immigration in general. But is it right to talk about the increase in migration through the Mexican border after Trump's eviction from the White Hose by a majority of American voters as a "crisis"?

Not so, in the opinion of Harsha Walla, a Canadian organizer, immigration advocate, author and founder of
No one is illegal, She sees a direct connection between the current concern over the increase in asylum-seekers and other migrants entering the US through the Mexican border and the recent killing of eight Asian women in Atlanta. The Guardian quotes her reaction as follows:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/07/us-border-immigration-harsha-walla

"I think they are deeply connected. The newest invocation of a 'border surge" and a 'border crisis' is again creating the specter of of immigrants and refugees ''taking over." The most seeming race neutral language - there's nothing inherently racist about saying 'border surge - is deeply racially coded. It invokes a flood of black and brown people taking over a so-called white man's country."

Walla continues:


"That is the basis of historic immigrant exclusion, both anti-Asian exclusion in the 19th century, which very explicitly excluded Chinese laborers and especially Chinese sex workers, and anti-Latinx exclusion, they might seem disconnected. But both forms of racism are fundamentally anti-immigrant. Racial violence is connected to the idea of who belongs and who doesn't. Whose humanity is questioned in a moment of crisis. Who is scapegoated in a moment of crisis."


To be continued in Part 2.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law