Donald Trump just loves to make the dubious assertion that were it not for him, no one would be talking about immigration in the 2016 race for the White House, but he fails to realize that the reason people are talking about it now is based largely on the ridiculous and offensive statements he has made about Mexican immigrants being drug dealers and rapists.
Now, however, someone who truly understands the issue and is sensitive to the needs of people on both sides of the border visited and provided a counter-argument filled with logic to put up against Trump’s hate and vitriol.
Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders told a crowd of supporters in Nogales, Arizona:
“As I have traveled around this country and talked to immigrant families, and particularly Latino immigrant families, I am struck by the fear and sadness that grips so many of them. Fathers or mothers or both sent out of the country having to leave their minor children with relatives or guardians here in the United States. A U.S. service member whose spouse was deported. A 12-year-old boy who longs to be reunited with his mother. This human suffering has got to end. That is why I am here today.”
Senator Sanders then took direct aim at Donald Trump, and his words were the perfect antidote for the months of lies from the New York real estate baron:
“I would hope that all of us are rightly appalled by the divisive bigoted and xenophobic comments of people like Donald Trump. Trump’s labeling of Mexicans as rapists and criminals repulses all Americans of good will. Mexico is our neighbor, which we have extremely important relations with. To insult an entire nation is not befitting of anybody, let alone a candidate for president of the United States.”
Sanders also quoted Pope Francis and added a touch of genuine spiritual import to the moment:
“Pope Francis has said we should be building more bridges, not more walls. Pope Francis is right.”
No doubt that if Trump is asked to comment on the remarks from Bernie Sanders, he will resort to some sophomoric personal attack such as trying to label Sanders a communist. But the truth remains: We need to hear more of what people like Bernie Sanders have to say, and much much less of Donald Trump.
Watch Senator Sanders speaking at the border:
This article was originally published by the same author at BipartisanReport.com.