WATCH: 5 reasons why Donald Trump should actually love immigrants

Donald Trump is the last person who should be demonizing immigrants. Here's why

By D. Watkins
Published February 10, 2017 12:00AM (EST)

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

– Emma Lazarus

The above is a passage from "The New Colossus," the famous poem engraved on the side of our Statue of Liberty, which is supposed to solidify America as a safe place for all — a place where you are supposed to be able to arrive and truly experience freedom and prosperity in this nation of immigrants.

I don’t think so.

Let's just ignore the fact that that history is significantly false, as my ancestors came in shackles and chains to work, and fast forward to 2017, as our so-called president, Donald Trump, is using every opportunity to proclaim that our country is in grave danger.

Immigration, immigration, immigration — that seems to be the only word Trump and his team of stooges know. As if his team of multimillionaires and billionaires don’t make money off of some of the very countries they demonize?  Trump alone has had products made in China, Honduras, Vietnam, Bangladesh and, yes, Mexico, yet he kind of conveniently leaves that out when he's giving speeches. I guess it doesn’t tie into all of the “I’m bringing jobs back!” rhetoric.

Today on the Salon 5, we are going to give you a range of reasons why Trump should love immigrants — from the fact that he likes to marry and make kids with them to his relationship with Mike Pence and Kellyanne Conway, two people who have to be immigrants because they look and act they are from another planet.

D. Watkins

D. Watkins is an Editor at Large for Salon. He is also a professor at the University of Baltimore and founder of the BMORE Writers Project. Watkins is the author of the New York Times best-selling memoirs “The Beast Side: Living  (and Dying) While Black in America” and "The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir." His latest book, "We Speak For Ourselves: A Word From Forgotten Black America," is out now.

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