President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is using a broken immigration promise to milk money out of vulnerable senior citizens.
A Facebook ad targeting the elderly on Tuesday resurrected a threat Trump made on Twitter last month that Trump himself nipped in the bud.
“Democrats have let the illegal immigration problem get so bad that closing the border may be the only way to protect our families and communities,” the ad read. “If Mexico doesn’t immediately stop ALL illegal immigration coming into the United States through our Southern Border, I will be CLOSING the border, or large sections of the border, next week.”
Trump’s ultimatum was initially buried in a tweet storm in which the president blamed Democrats for failing to tackle immigration reform. Nevermind that Republicans, until January, had total control of the federal government for two years.
This is nothing short of a scam – and an unsurprisingly lazy one at that.
Mexico has not and cannot stop “all illegal immigration,” nor is applying for asylum – which many people coming into the United States are attempting to do – a crime. In fact, the US is required by international law to accommodate individuals and families seeking refuge from violence and persecution.
On April 4, however, Trump backed down from his threat, instead giving Mexico a “one-year-warning.”
“We’re going to give them a one-year warning, and if the drugs don’t stop or (are) largely stopped, we’re going to put tariffs on Mexico and products, in particular, the cars … and if that doesn’t stop the drugs, we close the border,” Trump said.
Then he admitted that shuttering the border will never happen.
“I don’t think we’ll ever have to close the border because the penalty of tariffs on cars coming into the United States from Mexico, at 25%, will be massive,” he said.
Facebook has allowed the deceptive ad to remain active, leaving many to question if the social media giant is serious about cracking down on scams and fake news.
Journalist Judd Legum, who noticed Trump’s latest grift, explained why Trump is preying on old people.
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And therein lies the problem.