Trump’s gambit

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 1/5/2019 12:32:11 PM IST

 Shutdown in the US happens when Congress fails to pass sufficient appropriation bills or continuing resolutions to fund federal government operations and agencies, or the President refuses to sign into law such bills or resolutions. The present shutdown is the third partial shutdown of the United States government began at midnight EST on Saturday, December 22, 2018, and has crossed over to the new year as of January 5, 2019. US president Donald Trump has refused to budge from the $5 billion that he wants from Congress in order to build the wall across the border between the US and Mexico. Trump had promised to build the wall in order to prevent influx of lakhs of illegal Mexican immigrants. He believes that Mexican immigrants are mostly criminals involved in drug trafficking from Mexico or carriers of drug cartels. Trump had used harsh and derogatory words to describe Mexican immigrants as thugs, rapists and murderers. Trump’s opinion find description in most Netflix movies on narcotics that show Mexicans as brutal murderers, rapists and violent criminals. The point is whether these are what Trump thinks Mexicans are? Anyway, the border wall is almost the same that India has with Bangladesh. Mexicans have a long and deep involvement with American history. Mexico is the top origin country of the U.S. immigrant population. In 2016, 11.6 million immigrants living in the U.S. were from there, accounting for 26% of all U.S. immigrants. The next largest origin groups were those from China (6%), India (6%), the Philippines (4%) and El Salvador (3%). A majority of recent immigrants of Mexican origin living in the United states are thought to be undocumented, leading to a contentious policy debate concerning the collateral consequences of this particular type of immigration. Indeed a narrow majority of US natives indicate a belief that Mexican immigration increases crime in the United States. It therefore not simple to give judgment on the character of all Mexican immigrants without proper evidence. A similar opinion exists among many in the north east about Bangladeshi immigrants. A report from Democrats on the Senate Appropriations Committee, which was released ahead of the partial shutdown, said 9 out of 15 federal departments and “dozens” of U.S. agencies would close. As funding runs out, more agencies are closing. The shutdown is in its 14th day. Trump has vowed to reject any measure that does not provide funding for his proposed US-Mexico border wall. Although surveys at first showed more Americans blaming him for the shutdown than Democrats, later polling showed the fault more evenly split. And the voters he cares most about, his core conservative supporters, are more enthusiastic than the public at large. He has told people that “my people” love the fight, and that he believes he is winning. Not only are national security hawks cheering him on to defend a porous southern border, but so too are former presidents who he says have secretly confessed to him that they should have done what he is doing. Also, not only do federal employees accept being furloughed or forced to work without wages, they have assured him that they would give up paychecks so that he can stand strong. Despite his growing unpopularity with the media, Trump’s stock is rising among public because the economy has picked up and more jobs are being created. Perhaps there is a method and design to all his idiosyncrasies.

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