The desire for what Trump calls his “big beautiful wall” springs from the ugliest place in our national psyche. It’s a physical symbol of the policies spawned by the xenophobia and racism within America that he continuously stokes for his personal political gain. And it comes at great cost.
There is an economic cost, of course.
But primarily there is a terrible human cost, and not just at the border.
Thousands died in Puerto Rico in the months following Hurricane Maria due to the lack of critical aid, while Trump tossed them paper towels and racist tweets. Puerto Rico has still not received most of the funds allocated by Congress.
Despite our long history of welcoming evacuees of natural disasters, Trump is blocking Bahamian refugees of Hurricane Dorian. His reasoning? Black people fleeing the devastation of their homes without travel visas are likely to be “very bad people, some very bad gang members…” Which translates to not white. Just as it does at the border.
As long as Trump is in office, his racist rhetoric will continue to encourage hate. And his racist agenda will continue to eat away at the soul of this country. He must face impeachment hearings.