The Irony In Trump’s Deportation Crackdown

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The Statue of Liberty

It is ironic that the grandfather of the man who wants a nationwide crackdown on illegal immigrants and a “big, beautiful wall” along the country’s southern border had an ancestor that struggled to avoid deportation after arriving in America.

Trump’s Grandpa Had Immigration Troubles

Trump’s grandfather, Friedrich Trump, is the author of a letter in which he begged a German prince not to force him out of his homeland for failing to complete the mandatory military service he forgot about twenty years earlier. Trump’s ancestor had also forgotten to report his immigration plans to German authorities before leaving.

In that letter, the older Trump tearfully begs the Regent Prince of Bavaria not to deport him from his homeland. He makes a case that he became a rich man in the U.S. and he has many businesses there. Friedrich argues that his deportation would be “very, very hard for a family” and lead to “great material losses.”

Ironically, many decades later, his grandson became a U.S. president that is poised to deport every undocumented immigrant he can find. When Trump’s team were asked what about the inscription on the Statue of Liberty, they replied it shouldn’t be taken literally as it is a piece of revisionist poetry.

Trump and Immigrants

President Trump often portrayed some illegal immigrants as rapists and killers, which encouraged white supremacists and Neo-Nazis to spread their views nationwide. However, Trump’s grandfather was an immigrant too, who came to America at the age of 16 in the hope of a better life.

His home country, though, didn’t want him back when he returned, so authorities tried to deport him. In a desperate move, he penned that letter to the Bavarian prince to allow him to stay. The Prince was not impressed, and he had to return to New York.

Even more ironic is that Trump’s immigration rules would have prevented his grandfather from returning to the U.S.
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