We should know by now it isn’t beneath the republican party to create a crisis by whipping up people’s fear and/or xenophobia.
Since it only exists to cut taxes on the morbidly rich, the only method the party has to get working-class Americans on its side is to create diversions, typically involving pitting (white) people against minorities (preferably dark-skinned or LGBTQ).
But as the Trump-era “Title 42” immigration order returns the US admittance process at our borders to pre-COVID pandemic status, republicans — and some Democrats — are stooping to disgraceful and dangerous levels to foment hatred and violence against asylum seekers at our southern border.
Some republican governors, like Texas’ Greg Abbott and Florida’s Ron Desantis, have gleefully packed newly arrived refugees on our border to northern Democratic states in stunts tailor made for right-wing hate media.
New York City Mayor, Democrat Eric Adams, last week decided to play his own round of Migrant Musical Chairs and ship asylum seekers previously shipped to his city to points north, notably New York’s Hudson Valley.
This presented republicans a fresh opportunity to spin a web of lies so deceitful, it almost defies reason.
Despite wrapping themselves in the flag and spewing platitudes about “supporting our troops,” republican lawmakers have, time after time, clearly demonstrated their disdain for military veterans.
Not knowing any humane way of accommodating the imminent influx of migrants coming up from the city, some Hudson Valley government officials are doubling down on a proven hoax that local hotels and motels are evicting homeless veterans to make room for busloads of asylum seekers.
Executives from Dutchess, Rockland, Sullivan, Greene, and Orange Counties declared states of emergency Friday despite several unhoused men coming forward with reports they and over a dozen others were recruited at a Poughkeepsie homeless shelter to pretend to be displaced veterans from the Crossroads Hotel in Newburgh.