- Ingvard Ashby
Announcing his campaign for president in 2015, Donald Trump declared, “When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. … They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” Accepting the dubious logic that countries are responsible for “sending” immigrants, this still begs the question of whom, exactly, we are “sending” to Mexico. One of our Oklahoman exports, Luis Octavio Frias, made headlines recently when he was arrested in a suburb of Guadalajara, Mexico.
According to Associated Press, Frias, formerly an officer in the Blackwell Police Department, made the U.S. Marshals' 15 Most Wanted list in 2013 after he was accused of murdering his ex-wife Reyna by stabbing her 41 times in front of her children and fleeing to Mexico.
Some people crossing into Mexico from the U.S. are, we assume, good people, but considering the longstanding trope of America’s most wanted making a run for the southern border whenever Johnny Law comes calling, we’re probably lucky Mexico isn’t attempting to build their own wall at our expense. Trump made a case for declaring a national emergency using talking points — undocumented immigrants in “unbelievable vehicles” and “human traffickers” smuggling women with “Duct tape put around their faces” — taken from the fictional film Sicario: Day of the Soldado, released last summer. If we send a copy of Pink Floyd’s The Wall to the White House, maybe we can get him railing against walking hammers and talking asses.