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This Comic Boldly Responds to Donald Trump's Immigration Logic

When Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump first proposed the idea of building a massive wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, his supporters cheered him on, pleased to hear that the GOP front-runner seemed to have a plan to combat illegal immigration.

Trump and other candidates argue that undocumented immigrants are a burden on the country's economy—that they take American jobs and cause a spike in crime (ATTN: has previously debunked this). However, there's more to the story, and part of that story involves a history lesson. America is a country founded by immigrants, mostly Europeans, who usurped the land from Native-born Americans.

This comic perfectly illustrates that point, revealing the hypocrisy of Trump's anti-immigrant platform.

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After Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue and eventually landed in America in 1492, European exploration and colonization of the land forced Native Americans into remote regions of the country, and when the tribes resisted, they were often killed—assuming they didn't die from diseases the Europeans introduced to the native population.

So when Trump, or any other politician, complains about undocumented immigrants who have allegedly "taken advantage of our valuable resources" or "endangered the native inhabitants," as cartoonist Ed Hall satirized, it is important to remember who the native inhabitants really are. More than 77 percent of Americans are "white," a racial category that includes anybody "having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa," according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

In 2013, a Native American interrupted protesters at an anti-illegal immigration rally in Arizona and quieted the crowd with his thoughts on who really has the right to complain.

"You're all fucking illegal," he told the crowd. "You're all illegal. We didn't invite none of you here. We're the only native Americans here."