With today’s executive orders and those expected later this week, President Trump is following through with policies that match the ugly bigotry of his campaign. These orders will only deepen the wounds of division that Trump promised to heal.
Like the skyscrapers that bear his name, a wall at the southern border will be nothing more than a monument to Trump’s vanity. And it will be a testament to Congress’s failure to enact meaningful immigration reform. It will waste billions of dollars at a time when the number of unauthorized immigrants from Mexico is actually declining.
Our nation is stronger when we stand together against hate and discrimination. But instead of upholding fundamental American values, Trump is enacting policies that amount to state-sanctioned bigotry and that divide people along racial, ethnic and religious lines. We’re a better country than that.