Trump Says Chinese Migrants Are in U.S. to “Build an Army”

( – Chinese immigrants are coming into the United States in higher numbers, and Donald Trump has his own beliefs about why they might be coming to America.

Wang Gang, a Chinese immigrant who came to the United States illegally two months ago has been on the hunt for a job since he arrived in the country. He stands in New York City’s Flushing neighborhood to wait at corners for potential employers to pull up. Wang, along with dozens of other men, swarm the car in hopes of getting hired by someone working at a construction site, on a farm, as a mover, or anything else they could get that pays.

Wang has had no luck getting a job even standing outside waiting for hours and coming up to many people. This scenario is what many Chinese immigrants claim they’re doing when they come to the United States. However, Donald Trump has tried to paint a different picture of these Chinese men by saying that they are a coordinated group of “military” men who are planning an attack on America.

Trump has alluded to this conspiracy multiple times over the years, and it is a talking point that is spreading on social media.

Says Trump, “They’re coming in from China and they’re all military age and they mostly are men.” He continued, “And it sounds like to me, are they trying to build a little army in our country? Is that what they’re trying to do?”

Asian advocacy organizations are worried that this narrative will bring more harassment and violence toward the Asian community. Asians in the United States have already faced this kind of backlash during the pandemic.

Cynthia Choi, co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate and co-executive director of Chinese for Affirmative Action said, “Trump’s dehumanizing rhetoric and blatant attacks against immigrant communities will, without question, only fuel more hate against not only Chinese immigrants but all Asian Americans in the U.S.”

Choi continued, “In the midst of an already inflamed political climate and election year, we know all too well how harmful such rhetoric can be.”

Gregg Orton, national director of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, spoke out, saying that many Asians are being controlled by fear and that some are even afraid to take public transportation.

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