By Jay Shooster
In an interview with Bloomberg on Monday, President Donald Trump argued that we need his border wall to fight human trafficking, which he described as “probably worse than it ever was in history, if you think about it.” He added it’s “a problem that you should write something about at some point.”
Trump’s reading of history disregards the transatlantic slave trade, but, I agree with him on this last point: More attention can always be brought to the problem, and I applaud any president for raising awareness about it. However, Trump’s focus on it belies the fact that his policies are only exacerbating the situation.. Although his executive order on human trafficking, which he signed in February, might suggest that he’s serious about the issue, Trump should be aware that his “America First” agenda–including aggressive immigration enforcement, the refugee ban, and disengagement from international institutions–has the effect of facilitating the enslavement of vulnerable people, in the U.S. and around the world.
- Written by Abdullahi
- Category: Opinion