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Donald Trump: Origins Of An Immigrant
The Origin of Trump
As the controversies surrounding Donald Trump, particularly his comments on immigration, Mexico, Syrian refugees, and the proposed deporting of illegal immigrants follows his Presidency, it turns out that the opportunity to immigrate to another country is what made Donald Trump who he is today.
The opportunity to immigrate is also the enabling factor for two of Trump's marriages including his current one, as is widely known.
How can a man who has prospered so well from immigration, and who has married two immigrants, hold such an intolerant view regarding immigration?
Trump's grandfather, Friedrich Drumpf was, in fact, deported from his homeland of Germany.
Is Donald Trump's condemnation of illegal immigrants, refugees and the subsequent threat of mass deportation the residual, generational effect of a man who's grandfather was expelled from his own country? Or is it just a coincidence?
Friedrich Drumpf, who was a German, left his home country in 1885 at the age of 16, traveling to America in hopes of a better life. Sound familiar?
Friedrich was a very ambitious and after several years had settled in Seattle and started some restaurants (which were most likely brothels). Friedrich Drumpf - who was now Frederick Trump after changing his name, then decided to head to Canada to make some cash in the gold rush
The Canadian Connection
Per an article in The Times Colonist, it appears that Donald Trump's grandfather gave roots to his future fortunes in Canada.
The author of, "The Trumps, Three Generations that Built an Empire," and Columbia University professor Gwenda Blair, Trump's grandfather started amassing large amounts of money in the Yukon during the Klondike Gold Rush.
It was during this time period that Frederick Trump began capitalizing on the hungry, thirsty miners, opening restaurants, saloons, and hotels.
There was also prostitution going on within those walls of hospitality. I dare say something like that is not entirely up to the moral standards of which Trump presumes to hold the Mexican people to.
Eventually, the Canadian Mounties started cracking down on the prostitution, liquor sales, and gambling that Friedrich had profited from, and quarrels with his partner started to intensify. The gold rush began to wane, and so Frederick Trump returned to Germany with his stash of profits and found a wife.
Unfortunately, during his time away from Germany, German officials decided that Frederick was a draft dodger, accusing him of trying to avoid his tax and military service obligations by leaving the country. They determined that Trump was to be deported on those grounds. His pregnant wife was deported along with him.
Trump then fled to the open arms of America, returning to New York, and worked as a restaurant manager and barber in Queens. Trump and his wife had two sons, Fred and John. Eventually, Fred Trump would take over the real estate investments that Frederick Trump had begun shortly before his death.
"...the population of immigrants who are not authorized to work legally in the U.S claim that Trump's hotels and restaurants hire tons of "illegals" in order to get the work done at a more inexpensive rate. If this were true, it would be a case of absolute hypocrisy."
One of the most interesting facts about Donald Trump that pertains to countries of origin - one of his favorite subjects - is that he wrote about his heritage in one of his books, "The Art of the Deal," and claimed his paternal family was from Sweden, not Germany. Apparently, that is what his grandfather had told the family.
Eventually, Trump admitted to the mistake and owned up to his German heritage. Donald Trump's mother, Mary Ann, was also an immigrant. She was born in 1912 in Tong, Stornoway, on the Isle of Lewis, off the coast of Scotland. She came to New York on Holiday when she was 18, met Donald Trump's father, Fred, fell in love, and never left. They married and she became a naturalized U.S citizen.
Donald Trump also married a woman from a foreign country. His first wife was Ivana Zelnickova, from the Czech Republic. They married in 1977, had three children together, and she became a naturalized U.S citizen several years later.
After divorcing Ivana, Trump married an American, Marla Maples, but after their divorce, he married his third and current wife, Melania Knauss. Melania is from Slovenia, and after marrying Trump, she had their baby in the same year she became a naturalized U.S citizen.
So, with all of this immigrating, baby-making, and naturalization going on, you would think that Donald Trump would be on the front lines in supporting those who choose to come to America for a better opportunity, perhaps falling in love and having babies along the way.
The fact that he says people, particularly from Mexico, are devoid of moral character, is not untrue of any segment of a population from any country. There are immoral people everywhere, from any country in the world.
In addition, there's not much proof that Donald Trump himself is of moral character. He is allegedly involved with the American-Italian mafia and has had numerous sour business deals and lawsuits against him. Probably the most telling is the way in which he treats those who disagree with him, hurling school yard insults left and right.
"After divorcing Ivana, Trump married an American, Marla Maples, but after their divorce, he married his third and current wife, Melania Knauss. Melania is from Slovenia, and after marrying Trump, she had their baby in the same year she became a naturalized U.S citizen."
This Video Features an Undocumented Worker Who Claims he Works at a Trump Hotel
Trump & Undocumented Workers
Another notable piece of information is that the population of immigrants who are not authorized to work legally in the U.S claim that Trump's hotels and restaurants hire tons of "illegals" in order to get the work done at a more inexpensive rate. If this were true, it would be a case of absolute hypocrisy.
Donald Trump claims he has no knowledge of any illegal hiring, and puts all the blame on his lower-level managers if there was any truth to the accusations. But as king of his castle, and a self-proclaimed expert at business, that's a hard pill to swallow. Trump should be aware of what is going on within his own businesses.
Most people know that many hotels and restaurants all across the country do hire illegals to work for lower wages to perform tasks such as washing dishes, cooking, waitressing, and cleaning rooms.
Trump would not be the first to engage in hiring illegals to do the dirty work. But if you're going to deny it, threaten to deport the very people you allegedly hire to work for you under the table and run for president, then you'd better know what you're talking about.
Certainly, if you are an illegal and a criminal, then it's understandable that one should expect deportation. It's the way in which Trump is getting away with generalizing all Mexicans as no-good, dirty parasites that make matters a bit sticky. But, as we have seen in history, there are people who have been willing to follow a leader into discrimination, war, or even genocide.
"Remember, remember always, that all of us, you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists"
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
It just doesn't seem to make any sense that Donald Trump would put so much time and energy into alienating immigrants, illegal or legal.The reason behind targeting the Mexican immigrant population, specifically, seems to be some sort of "Trump" card designed to rally already existing feelings of resentment that many Americans have towards immigrants in general.
Certain types of people in America really do seem to feel as though America is being invaded and that their very existence is being threatened. We see this sentiment rising with the Syrian refugee crisis and recent "Muslim ban" as well.
The thing is, most of the people who attend or attended Trump's rallies have parents and grandparents that came from other countries, many legally, and perhaps some illegally, depending on what immigration laws were at any given time throughout history.
There's no dispute that if countries have laws, then people immigrating to any country should, ideally, abide by the laws and chain of command. For Donald Trump to threaten to deport millions of people based on the opinion that they don't deserve to be here - considering Trump's roots and the fact that members of his own family felt they had a right to stay here - is a shining example of hypocrisy at it's best.
Now that Trump has been elected, will he have what it takes to lead a country that is a melting pot of race, culture, and opinion?
"Certain types of people in America really do seem to feel as though America is being invaded and that their very existence is being threatened. We see this sentiment rising with the Syrian refugee crisis and recent "Muslim ban" as well."
Food for Thought - Deportations are indeed happening, and even reached a record high in 2013
"In recent centuries, millions of people came to this land to pursue their dream of building a future in freedom. We, the people of this continent, are not fearful of foreigners because most of us were once foreigners. I say this to you as the son of immigrants, knowing that so many of you are also descended from immigrants."
- Pope Francis
© 2015 Michelle Zunter