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Category Archive: Immigration

Jul 18 2014

The Racist Trope of the Disease-Ridden Immigrant

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One of the most commonly repeated tropes in American history is the idea that immigrants come here and spread disease. It’s been used to oppose virtually every immigrant group throughout our history and now it’s being used by xenophobes once again to demand that 52,000 young refugees be sent back to Central America. Samuel Kleiner …

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Jul 17 2014

Miller: Refugee Children a Threat to Our Survival

As the right wing continues to freak out about the presence of about 50,000 kids who are refugees from Central America, Joe Miller, a former Senate candidate from Alaska and Tea Party darling, says that their presence in this country is a threat to our very survival!

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Jul 17 2014

The Death of Pat Buchanan’s America

In his latest column, old-school racist paleo-conservative Pat Buchanan declares that America is “no longer 1 nation, 1 people,” as if we ever were such a thing. But what he means by this is that we have too many brown-skinned people here now and he doesn’t like it one bit.

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Jul 15 2014

Gohmert: Texas Should Declare War on Immigrant Children

I didn’t think the right wing could get any more vicious and inhumane when it comes to those 52,000 immigrant children who have fled Latin America for our southern border. I was wrong. Louis Gohmert actually wants Texas to declare war against this “invasion.”

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Jul 14 2014

Michigan Wingnuts Flip Out Over Immigrant Kids

A non-profit in Vassar, Michigan is proposing to house up to 120 of the Central American immigrant boys for a few weeks until their cases can be heard by an immigration judge and some of the locals are absolutely losing their minds over it and spouting bizarre conspiracy theories.

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Jul 14 2014

King Thinks Billions of Immigrants Are On the Way

Rep. Steve King has a well-deserved reputation for being one of the loopiest members of Congress, ranking up there — err, down there — with Bachmann and Gohmert. And now he says that if we don’t send in the national guard to secure the Mexican border, we’ll have billions of immigrants coming here. And he …

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Jul 13 2014

Texas Wingnut Plays Armchair Psychologist

Larry Smith is a Republican candidate for Congress in Texas, with all of the twisted beliefs that post comes with. He also apparently thinks he’s a psychologist, diagnosing President Obama with a rare psychiatric disorder — but getting it completely backwards. Try to figure out this “logic.”

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Jul 11 2014

Cruz: Send Those Kids Back to Be Raped and Killed

Ted Cruz put on stark display both his insistence on making everything political and his total lack of human compassion by acknowledging that those Central American kids who’ve fled to the U.S. were facing rape and murder — but demanding that they be sent back immediately anyway.

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Jul 09 2014

Armed Wingnuts to Guard Border. This Will End Well.

A militia group in Texas is asking its members to guard private property on the Mexican border to keep out the people trying to enter the country. But don’t worry. They say they’re just there to preserve the peace, not to commit violence or anything:

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Jul 07 2014

The Diseased Immigrants Argument Returns

American history is replete with examples of xenophobes and nativists claiming that immigrants are bringing terrible diseases with them and infecting Americans. Now that absurd prejudice is being repeated as the right wing flips out and lies about the 52,000 children who have arrived on our borders in the last few months. Laura Murphy dismantles …

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Jul 03 2014

Gheen: Immigrants Want to Kill Your Families

William Gheen, the racist and xenophobic Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), did an interview with the Tea Party News Network and claimed that immigrants from Mexico are “invading” America and their goal is to kill you and your family. Yes, I’m serious, he actually said that.

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Jun 13 2014

Buchanan and the Perpetual Death of the West

How long can someone make the same dystopic prediction without it ever coming true and continue to get people to listen to them? In the case of the right wing, seemingly forever. For how long has Pat Buchanan been predicting the “death of the West”? Decades now. His latest:

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May 14 2014

Chamber of Commerce Demands Immigration Reform

There are many divisions within the Republican party right now, but one of the biggest is the division between the pro-business types and those trying to appeal to their largely xenophobic, anti-immigrant base. The Chamber of Commerce seems to be throwing down the gauntlet on the issue.

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May 09 2014

Open Immigration as Humanitarian Necessity

Freddie DeBoer has what I think is a great idea. Rather than using the military for “humanitarian intervention” around the world, why not open up our immigration policies to take in those who find themselves oppressed or in danger in other countries?

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Apr 12 2014

Jeb Bush Kills His Campaign Before It Starts

Jeb Bush apparently decided to destroy his chances of winning the Republican presidential nomination before he’d even decided whether to run when he made an entirely reasonable statement about why people often immigrate in order to help their families. Reasonable statements like this one do not help one in a Republican primary:

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