Historian Kevin Kruse attributed renewed interest in immigration towards an urgent GOP must find fault in President Joe Biden’s administration after Democrats managed to pass “a massive stimulus” and trigger an increase in COVID-19 vaccinations . “Honestly, I couldn’t tell you the last time I watched one of the Sunday morning shows on major networks,” Kruse said. “I mean, I can read Republican press releases on my own. I don’t need Chuck Todd to say ‘we’re gonna stop there’ at the end. ”
In a fitting example of how Kruse was on the spot, increased media coverage of immigration seemed perfectly in sync with a press release from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sent on Friday. In the statement, Abbott bragged about having “lambasted” the Biden administration for the conditions of the federally operated facilities for minors in Texas. “The Biden administration has been a dismal failure when it comes to ensuring the safety of unaccompanied minors crossing our border, ”Abbott said. “The conditions facing unaccompanied minors in these federally run facilities are unacceptable and inhumane. From a lack of clean water in one place to a COVID-19 outbreak in another, the Biden administration has no excuse for subjecting these children to these kinds of conditions.
Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas simply asked in response to the governor’s press release, “Do you care about immigrants?”
“The day before a white supremacist killed 23 people in El Paso (claiming there had been a “Hispanic invasion of Texas”), you sent a letter urging Republicans to “DEFEND TEXAS NOW” from immigrants and to “Take matters into your own hands,” “O Rourke added.
Former Mayor of San Antonio Julian Castro called House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on similar hypocrisy. McCarthy tweeted Monday: “What is happening at the border is more than a crisis. It is human grief. And it was created by the policies of President Biden. Castro replied, “In the last nine months of Trump’s presidency, there has been a 690% increase in the number of unaccompanied minors encountered by CBP. There was a 61% increase under President Biden. How come we haven’t heard a beep from you until now?
Sawyer Hackett, Castro’s senior advisor, criticized a Washington post article describing Biden’s more humane immigration policies as stepping back on “guardrails” to avoid ending up with “2 million people at our border”. Hackett specifically condemned the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), a Trump administration policy aimed at returning undocumented American immigrants to Mexico or out of states.
“I respect all journalists on this signature. But it is pure hot waste, from start to finish, ”he said. tweeted. “Let’s start with Biden’s ‘tear down the guardrails’ premise on immigration. The MPP is not a guardrail, counting (or limiting the number of immigrants who can apply for asylum) is not a guardrail, prohibiting children from seeking asylum is not a guardrail. Trump should be charged with human rights crimes for using Title 42 on children.
Hackett continued in a tweets thread:
Has Trump broken the brain of the media so fundamentally that the restoration of centuries of immigration law is seen as radical? Does it consider smart policy to tell an 8 year old that he is being referred to life threatening gangs?
Seriously, what better result: children in overcrowded establishments or 10,000 children expelled to support cartels? For the media, it seems that the best policy is “out of sight”. Where the hell was the outrage when Trump kicked out 13K children last year?
The article fails to mention a 700% increase in the number of unaccompanied minors last year by Trump and a 360% increase in the number of adult asylum seekers. He fails to seriously consider the fact that Administrator Trump has refused to cooperate with the transition – which is the most important factor here in the works.
The Democratic members of Congress named are involved in politics. Their talks criticizing the administrator offer no solution and add energy to the nativist and anti-immigrant sentiments that Trump has created. They claim expertise and seem fools. And it quotes Chad fucking Wolf.
The article cites the suspension of the construction of the walls, the protections for dreamers and the end of the Muslim ban as part of an “aggressive strategy” that contributed to a peak in meetings with the CBP. It does not mean anything.
The criticism of the message here is a reluctance to call the situation “a crisis” – a semantic debate fabricated by the GOP and the sympathetic media that is unnecessary and irrelevant. It starts by telling readers that Biden’s admin said ‘don’t come’, but every quote claims otherwise.
This is an editor-led story designed to show that The Washington Post is fair in its criticism from both sides. But he conveniently ignores what happened at the border last year – or what happened for 4 years under Trump.
Representative Veronica Escobar also criticized the immigration coverage of This Week ABC. “Welcome to El Paso @ThisWeekABC and @MarthaRaddatz,” she said in the tweet. “Skydiving to use El Paso as a prop while excluding local voices and Democratic lawmakers avoids focusing on the solutions we need. I encourage shows that visit here to uplift people on the ground who are working on solutions. “
ABC News chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz responded on Sunday with her own tweet. “Rep Escobar – with all due respect – I have spent a tremendous amount of time along the border over the years and have been here for 4 days on this trip so we can listen to local voices and see through ourselves. to have you on the show in the future, ”she said.