The Racist Trope of the Disease-Ridden Immigrant

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 recounts some of this vile history:
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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 those claims:
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Arpaio Clone in GA Resigns After Racist Text Messages

The police chief of Grantville, Georgia has made no secret of his admiration for fascist Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, even sending some of his officers to Maricopa County, AZ to learn from the Jedi master. That police chief has now resigned after it was revealed that he sent racist text messages to his officers:
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