U.S.-Mexico border expert on the problem with Trump's immigration approach
Ever since Donald Trump announced that he was running for president in 2015, he has emphasized that enhanced security along the Mexico border would solve issues of crime and drugs entering the United States. Fast-forward to 2019 and the president has...
According to Lavario, Trump is oversimplifying the issues by conflating immigration, border security, and the smuggling of illicit goods as interchangeable and the same problem. Lavario explained that there's not a "cure-all policy" that Congress could pass that could address the root of every issue.
Marcotte and Lavario are both El Paso natives and offer explanations on why Trump's border wall would wreck the multicultural communities built between border cities in Texas and Mexico. "We're stronger and we're better when we have this kind of diversity and biculturalism," Lavario noted.
Instead of a border wall, Lavario recommends this. "We need to have a constructive and real dialogue and discourse and not use it as a political lightning rod, like we have been for the past 400 plus years."
Watch the video above to hear why Trump's border wall is not a "magic wand" for solving border security. And check out the full episode to learn more about how Trump damaging rhetoric is affecting Americans with Mexican heritage who live in border cities.
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