In today’s current affairs we see Donald Trump trying to propel his making Making America great again!’ campaign in order to bring about change in America. Trump may perhaps be one of the few presidents to have openly declared that America is on a decline and whilst he may be ruthless or lack diplomacy in a majority of his speeches, some do believe he is the much-needed change. Since 2017, since becoming the 45th U.S. President, Trump openly has started to make many changes which he believes will change the fate of a declining America.
Even though, the times may have changed, current affairs indicate that certain stereotyping and discrimination still exists in many parts of the world. Trump’s agenda to making America great again stems from president Ronald Reagan’s presidential campaign decades ago, who had stirred patriotism within the electorate and used the economic climate as a springboard for his personal success. Whilst this is admirable to some, current affairs indicate that since Trump’s succession to the presidential office, coupled with such campaigns, have received many controversial backlashes. Some of the initiatives that Trump has embarked on, have hit a chord or two with the public. One particular agenda that affected many was the travel ban Trump instituted on several Muslim-majority countries, which then had to be revised again once it posed legal challenges.
Another initiative that has been a part of the Trump’s Making America Great campaign is the construction work that is set to take place soon on the American-Mexican borders. The almost 2000 mile Trump-Mexico fence was given a legal greenlight quite recently and Trump aims to put this border in place to avoid the influx of illegal immigrants. Whilst it may take about 3 and half years to be completed, Trump believes having control of such borders would reduce the crime rates, drug-use and sexual crime like rape. Trumps explicitly stated one time that Mexico’s best are not coming in through the borders and rather America is attracting those who are drug dealers and rapists, thus increasing the crime rate. Current affairs indicate that this has been received with many mixed reactions and whilst there have been many protests about the Trump-Mexico fence, it would now appear that all Trump now requires to make this happen, is to find the monetary backing. Ironically the judge himself who gave the verdict was of Mexican heritage which was quite shocking to many.
In 2015, it was noted by the BBC that more than 1500 immigrants were entering Hungarian borders illegally. In order to combat such intrusions into their borders, a border fence was built to control this being the Hungary-Serbian borders. The government, in a radical attempt, had gone so far as to only allow a maximum of 10 individuals into their borders legally which some deem as harsh. The initial fence borders were cut into by human traffickers and to ensure that this would never occur again, the border fences were fortified with electrical wiring, heat sensors and cameras, costing Hungary almost close to 1 billion euros. Their argument primarily is that a majority of the illegal immigrants coming into their borders are from areas like Iraq and Syria. Perhaps it is in actually fact the Islamist activities and volatile nature of those middle eastern countries which unnerves countries like Hungary. In fact, Hungary’s primary reason for the institution of such a fence was to limit the intake of Muslims coming across their borders. Fears of this increasing terrorist activity in their country have motivated these initiatives as well.
Whilst the Hungarian fencing has improved illegal immigration issues, this has two sides to it and many have now used this as a part of their argument when campaigning for the institution of the Trump-Mexico fence as they believe that if it is something that Europe has embraced, that it would not seem far-fetched for America to embrace it as well. However, Robert Molnar, the mayor of Kubekhaza in Hungary argues with this initiative that most Mexicans and those from the South Americans are predominantly Catholic, indicating that Molnar believes their faith to be the reason as to why they are less of a threat. This has sparked a huge amount of debate as whilst Molnar feels justified in having such a fence in Hungary, he questions the validity of Trump’s own reasons for building the wall.