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Analyzing the crisis of Mexican refugees in US borders + Video
The Fact, Se2 Ep17
Analyzing the crisis of Mexican refugees in US borders + Video
The 17th episode of The Fact series reviews the anti-migrant policies of Trump and the critical situation of Mexican refugees in the US in the presence of analysts from Germany and the US.
MWFpress - The 17th episode of The Fact series reviews the anti-migrant policies of Trump and the critical situation of Mexican refugees in the US in the presence of analysts from Germany and the US.

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The guests:
Michael Opperskalski
Political Analyst and Author
Germany

Michael Opperskalski

Randi Nord
Political Analyst and Founder of Geopolitical Alert
USA

Randi Nord

James Carey
Political analyst and editor in Geopolitical Alert
USA

James Carey


Questions asked at the conference:

1- what are the roots of Trump 's policy against migrations?
2- how much does American society endorse Trump's policy concerning this issue?
3- USA owes lots of its developments to immigrants so why we witness this much of support toward such decisions?
4- what happened to the wall that was supposed to be built on the border between USA and Mexic?
5- how is the situation of Mexican refugees on the border?
6- why don't we see any move from international organizations concerning this crisis?
7- what s the solution of this problem?


View full conference video on YouTube
Following is a summary of the questions and answers which are raised in this webinar.
 
Michael Opperskalski
Political Analyst and Author
Germany

How much does American society endorse Trump's policy concerning this issue?

In United States it is splitting the society even among the working class into those who are supporting the policy against the immigrants and those who have a policy of still open art.

How is the situation of Mexican refugees on the border?

I feel seriously fear that it's going to be an ongoing process because the US policy will not change dramatically in the very near future so people are going to continue to leave their countries and to run away and they will end up in those semi concentration camps. The other fact is that there is no real international pressure against it. There is no international organization that is seriously campaigning against it. Why? Because it is not in the interest of any serious force to get in direct confrontation with the United States. The so-called refugees were simply tools willingly or unwillingly of those forces who are destabilizing countries and regions. Therefore, I fear the demon train in crisis at the Mexican border and the so-
called concentration camps they will continue.

What is the solution of this problem?

I think it is very important to bring these and other issues like that to the media to the policymakers in Russia and China because they are superpowers and they can challenge the United States and they are the only one who can challenge the US.

Randi Nord
Political Analyst and Founder of Geopolitical Alert
USA

What are the roots of Trump's policy against migrations?

We separate Trump's actual policy decisions from what he's doing just to please his supporters. If we want to look at a policy perspective, we need to go back to NAFTA and look at what's happened in the years since NAFTA has been passed and the effects that it has. And proponents at the time argued that it would reduce immigration coming from Latin America but in reality it decimated the working class in the United States despite the increase we see in GDP.

What happened to the wall that was supposed to be built on the border between USA and Mexico?


Back in February Congress shut down trump's 5.7 billion dollar request to build it and that's what triggered the government shutdown that went on for several weeks. And then after that happened Trump decided to shift funds around into a Department of Defense account and I believe we saw him passed a few national emergencies and executive orders during this time that declared the border and everything happening at the border a national security threat and what's happening right now is he's trying to seek approval from the Supreme Court before the 2019 fiscal spending year lapses in September. At the same time Trump's already trying to please his supporters by spending all this money on the wall. It seems like the physical wall is on the back burner at this point until something changes politically.

What is the solution of this problem?

The solution is fairly simple but unfortunately we're nowhere near reaching this solution. The US needs to stop interfering in the affairs of Latin-American countries and every country for that matters. They need to remove sanctions on Venezuela and allow them to join the international market and Cuba for that matter. They need to stop threatening Bolivia and Nicaragua and allow these countries to self-determine and build their own economies with outside help but without strings attached and let them make their own decisions so that would slow down the need for people to flee these countries. Another thing they need to do is they need to reunite the families as best they can because we hear horror stories about children going missing and being adopted off to wealthy families in the US and their parents are sent deported back to Mexico or Guatemala never to hear from them again so those are two short-term solutions.


James Carey
Political analyst and editor in Geopolitical Alert
USA
USA owes lots of its developments to immigrants so why we witness this much of support toward such decisions?

It is popular with the part of the ruling class to have these people here that it's just not the part of the ruling class that's in power. At the moment Donald Trump represents a an open tone of xenophobia from the Republican Party, they used to pay lip service to it but it was a dog whistle to get racist voters who are you know Trump's base but they were never serious about say building a wall or like these mass deportations in the way that Trump voices it. It was the only outlet that a lot of middle class or even white working-class have. He said you can't talk about capitalism or the failures of these neoliberal trade deals so your outlet is to be angry at migrants or be angry at refugees. This is the only way they can have their criticism; these are the only people they have to blame. This is the only thing they see on TV that they actually feel affects them they don't have real economic anxiety.

Why don't we see any move from international organizations concerning this crisis?

Who exactly is going to hold the US accountable because I've never seen anybody at any international body that has the ability to do that. There have been things like reports by UNICEF condemning conditions on the border. There’s nothing that can really be done to hold them accountable unfortunately. I would say the best chance you have is the other pole of power making some type of fuss about it in an international body say Russia or China but there's not too much use for them to do that. The US would obviously was playing a thousand accusation back at them and it would go nowhere. The Western Human Rights machine is made to work exactly for the West. The International Criminal Court all these bodies they're made to protect the US and the US has said that if they ever do come after them it's over for them so I think they're just stuck in that situation.

What is the solution of this problem?

The media should shame the United States in every corner of the planet that it can because this country tries to drag every nation. The horrors of the United States should be broadcast worldwide that is part of the short-term solution.


It’s worthy to mention that this video conference is held regularly with several international subjects inviting various activists and analysts from different countries.

(see the archive of The Fact web conferences)
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