The first line of the classic rocksong “Bohemian Rhapsody (“Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?”) kept playing on my mind as I watched the Golden GlobeAwards last Sunday. “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the biopic about Freddie Mercury and the British rock group Queenwon best drama. Rami Malek, who won raves for his portrayal of the late Freddie Mercury was chosen as the best actor.
How ironic that the first line of Queen’s iconic song also describes how many Americans feel about the state of affairs in this country at this time.
“Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?”
Then on the same night as the Golden Globe Awards, Fox News anchor Chris Wallace argued with White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders about her use of“statistics” to make a case for the Trump administration’s position aboutthe “need”to build a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
“We know roughly, nearly 4,000 known or suspected terrorists come into our country illegally,” Sanders argued, “and we know that our most vulnerable point of entry is at our southern border,” she said.
Wallace may have found inspiration in“Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?” when he said: “Wait wait wait, I know the statistics. I didn’t know if you were going to use it, but I studied up on this. You know where those 4,000 people, where they’re captured? Airports. Airports. The State Department says there hasn’t been any terrorists that they’ve found coming across.”
The president has brought up the “urgency” of building the wall on the border by talking about terrorists crossing the border even when the State Department has said that there is no credible evidence that terrorists are coming to the U.S. from the border with Mexico.
The funding for the border wall has remained the sticking point between a stubborn president and the Democrats in the House of Representatives resulting in the partial shutdown of the federal government.
The news headlines now state:“Trump says he may declare national emergency over the US-Mexico border.”
In Trump’s mind, by declaring a national emergency, he believes that he can unlock money from other sources and bypass or avoid the need for approval from the Democrats.
Is this just fantasy?
It really appears that Trump is fighting for his political life and the case of building the border wall is his last effort for political survival. With the significant gain for the Democrats in the House of Representatives and with their renewed strength and fighting spirit, the showdown with Trump has indeed commenced.
Perhaps Trump is fantasizing about his MAGA (Make America Great Again) call and the border wall fantasy through the lines of another song from the Queen:
“We are the champions, my friends
And we’ll keep on fighting ’til the end
We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for losers
‘Cause we are the champions of the world”
How can the U.S.be great and be champions of the world when building the wall is more important for Trump than responding to the needs of the American people and the world at this time?
Trump sought the presidency by promising a fantasy. How many times did he tell the American people thathe will build a “great wall” of concrete-and-steel across America’s southern border using Mexico’s money? Thiswill not happen because it is not his call to have Mexico spend on the wall.
The biggest fantasy of all, the “great wall” is simply not the solution to the immigration issues facing this nation as Trump tries to make us believe. I just hope that his diehard supporters and followers will wake-up and realize that the wall is just a fantasy. Call it a grand illusion.
Jojo Liangco is an attorney with the Law Offices of Amancio M. Liangco Jr. in San Francisco, California. His practice is in the areas of immigration, family law, personal injury, civil litigation, business law, bankruptcy, DUI cases, criminal defense and traffic court cases. Please send your comments to Jojo Liangco, c/o Law Offices of Amancio “Jojo” Liangco, 605 Market Street, Suite 605, San Francisco, CA 94105 or you can call him (415) 974-5336. You can also visit Jojo Liangco’s website at www.liangcolaw.com.