The world is different today. Yet this particular form of difference will be disproportionately felt by groups that do not look like the man who has ushered in a new era of divisive politics and suspicion. These repercussions already reverberate acutely in Canada.
Public discussion is powerfully shaped by the images and ideas projected by politicians and the media about borders, security and incoming “floods” of migrants. Public responses are grounded in the visceral fear that the old and golden way of life is over and that we now live in uncertain and dangerous times. In particular, the bodies of migrants carry the burden of our fears and they have become useful in bolstering increasingly violent migration management regimes across the world.