Midterm Elections – Trump’s Desperate Attempt to Win the Mid-Terms

October 29 – The Migrant Caravan

A caravan of Central American migrants estimated to number at least 3,500 people left Honduras in mid-October and has advanced 250 miles into Mexico. But it is still nearly 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) from the US border.

Trump has previously claimed with no evidence that “Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed” in with the group

Trump announced on October 29, that the US will deploy more than 5,200 troops to the border with Mexico in what seems to be an attempt to further his anti-immigrant agenda of fear and division.

On October 31, Trump announced:

“We’ll do up to anywhere between 10 and 15,000 military personnel on top of border patrol, Ice and everybody else at the border. Nobody’s coming in. We’re not allowing people to come in.”

A deployment of 15,000 troops would be roughly equivalent to the size of the US military’s presence in Afghanistan, and three times the size of its presence in Iraq.

On October 31, Trump tweeted: 

Worst President ever - Sending troops to the border when the threat is 1,000 miles away and on foot.

Asked if the billionaire philanthropist George Soros was funding the caravan, as alleged by conspiracy theories, Trump responded:

“I wouldn’t be surprised, I wouldn’t be surprised,… I don’t know who, but I wouldn’t be surprised. A lot of people say yes.”

October 30 – Birthright Citizenship

President Trump promised in a new interview to unilaterally end birthright citizenship, dramatically increasing his hardline immigration rhetoric with a week to go before critical midterm elections.

Trump’s promise to end the right to citizenship for the children of non-citizens and unauthorized immigrants born on US soil came in an interview with Axios released Tuesday. The US constitution, which was amended 150 years ago, reads: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States.”

Trump did not say when he would sign the order, however the issue joins a number of actions intended to thrust the matter of immigration into the front of voters’ minds as they head to polls next week.

On October 31, following widespread condemnation of his plans over his potential attempts to change the US constitution, Trump tweeted: 

On November 2, Trump said that the additional troops he is sending to the border could treat migrants who throw rocks as if they were using firearms.

October 31 – Racist Campaign Advert

President Trump’s latest campaign ad featuring a Mexican immigrant, Luis Bracamontes who was convicted in April of killing two California sheriff’s deputies in 2014.

Trump’s latest ad featuring Bracamontes uses video of him in court with text overlays that say he “killed our people!” and claims that “Democrats let him into our country” and “Democrats let him stay.” That’s followed by footage of people who appear to be part of a migrant caravan pushing down gates, along with another immigrant’s interview and his alleged history of attempted murder. Text then appears asking: “Who else would Democrats let in?”

The advert is actually quite ironic considering that Bracamontes was first deported during the Clinton administration and then re-entered the US during the George W. Bush administration in 1998. Bracamontes was arrested on another drug charge in Phoenix but was released for “unknown reasons” under Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s custody. Bracamontes used an AR-15 assault rifle, which the Republicans have opposed to making illegal.

Trumps racist Luis Bracamontes advert

November 2 – Trump Wants to Limit Asylum Seekers

On Thursday Trump claimed that asylum seekers must arrive at official ports of entry to make a claim, this is a very likely to be legally challenged.

“My administration is finalizing a plan to end the rampant abuse of our asylum system. Under this plan, the illegal aliens will no longer get a free pass into our country by lodging meritless claims in seeking asylum. Instead, migrants seeking asylum will have to present themselves lawfully at a port of entry.”

In other news

Devin Nunes tweeted:

Someone should tell Nunes that the Republicans already hold the house…

Devin Nunes - Looks like Republicans have a chance to win house back

And finally with respect to the midterm elections….

Caveat Emptor - Let the buyer beware

This is voters’ first – and biggest – chance to send a message to Trump. Will they tell him - job well done, - or that there’s trouble ahead 

A caravan of Republicans are coming to take you healthcare and social security away. Be careful of the diseases they are carrying, like racism and bigotry!

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