Amid a growing immigration crisis along the southern U.S. border, Democratic Party leaders have largely downplayed the situation as critics blame the Biden administration for exacerbating the problem.
For her part, U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX) appears to be placing the blame on former President Donald Trump while shifting the conversation to racism.
“Immigrants bringing disease”
She used this strategy in attempting to silence those who object to letting COVID-infected migrants into the country.
In recent days, conservative pundits have slammed President Joe Biden for his rhetoric and actions since taking office — particularly a policy reportedly allowing sick individuals to illegally cross the border.
Critics argue it is an incisive point that reveals the White House’s hypocrisy. While calling on Americans to scrupulously follow pandemic restrictions, the president has been unable to guarantee undocumented migrants entering the nation are clear of the virus.
Rather than respond directly to these concerns, however, Escobar resorted to sensational claims of institutional racism.
During a recent MSNBC interview, the Texas Democrat claimed that “old, racist tropes” about “immigrants bringing disease” would lead to acts of violence similar to a 2019 mass shooting in El Paso.
“That’s not who we are”
“The idea of immigrants bringing disease, that is an old, racist trope intended to inspire fear and hatred,” she said in reference to Trump. “He’s done it before. It is absolutely reprehensible.”
Escobar’s approach falls in line with the prevailing progressive sentiment that Americans have no legitimate right to oppose mass migration.
Recent reports suggest that Biden is allowing border patrol agents to release migrants into U.S. communities without issuing court dates. Such policies are resulting in renewed claims on the right that the Biden administration has effectively opened the border.
The Biden administration is not really bothering to justify its own behavior and is instead pointing the finger at Trump’s White House for leaving behind a “broken” system while denying that there is an immigration crisis at all. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is attempting to thread the needle between claiming that the “border is closed” and acknowledging that migrant children will not be turned away at the border.
In a recent statement, he declared: “We are rebuilding those orderly and safe processes as quickly as possible. But in the meantime, we will not expel into the Mexican desert, for example, three orphan children whom I saw over the last two weeks. We just won’t do that. That’s not who we are.”