Cubans are treated as a special case because of the conservative fear/hatred of communism + the fact that Cubans are basically the only Latin@s in this country that consistently vote Republican
If you’re a refugee and your plight doesn’t resonate with conservatives’ greed, fear, or desire to warmonger, then you’re out of luck.
Last week, Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) wrote a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with a dire warning: Some of the child refugees streaming across the southern border into the United States might carry deadly diseases. “Reports of illegal immigrants carrying deadly diseases such as swine flu, dengue fever, Ebola virus and tuberculosis are particularly concerning,” Gingrey wrote. “Many of the children who are coming across the border also lack basic vaccinations such as those to prevent chicken pox or measles.”[…]
…As the Texas Observer points out, when it comes to measles, children in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras are more likely to be vaccinated than children in the United States. None of those countries have recorded an outbreak of measles in 24 years. Kids in Marin County are more at risk.
Gingrey has long-standing ties to the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, a far-right medical group that opposes all mandatory vaccines. The organization touts access to Gingrey as one of its membership perks. (The AAPS has, incidentally, taken the lead in pushing the idea that migrant children are disease carriers.) In 2007, he wrote an amendment that would allow parents to block their children from receiving HPV vaccines, which are designed to combat cervical cancer.
LITERALLY HOW I FELT ABOUT EVERY ASSHOLE WHITE PERSON WHO CAME WITH LEGALIZE WEED SIGNS AT MAY DAY TODAY IN LOS ANGELES.weed being illegal actually keeps a lot of families apart. It’s not just about “im a stupid teenager who wants to smoke”. Legalize both
Very good point. The war on drugs has been deeply harmful to African Americans in particular. I think the original poster was commenting more on brogressives who only seem to support liberal policies that largely benefit them in some way.
— President Obama when asked why he isn’t making a visit to the border during his trip to Texas today.
It takes a special kind of coldhearted bastard to make this claim.
This isn’t really a “new” conservative meme. It’s a variation on a very old one. Falsely portraying children as being older or more mature than they are is a typical conservative tactic that is meant to justify dehumanizing treatment, especially of POC. Compare this erasure of these child refugees to how they kept insisting that Trayvon Martin was a grown man instead of a teenaged kid (as if shooting an adult in the same circumstances is somehow better?).
This is a tactic of last resort since it’s so transparent. They know people are more likely to want to help children than adults and so they do their best to bury pictures like this:
It’s all part of the same systemic attempts to squash any shred of sympathy the average person might have for black and brown children. Why? Because some rich white asshole’s taxes might go up.
A Border Patrol agent reads the birth certificate of Alejandro, 8 — the only thing he brought with him as he and others crossed the Rio Grande near McAllen recently. Alejandro is one of more than 52,000 minors traveling without parents who’ve been caught crossing the border illegally since October.
Seventy-five years ago, the St. Louis, a German trans-Atlantic liner carrying 938 Jewish refugees, was turned away from the United States and forced to return to Europe. U.S. law didn’t allow them sanctuary.
Writes author and former Dallas Morning News reporter Christine Wicker: “The St. Louis is famous now as a failure of compassion that haunts American history. Today we are preparing to send 45,000 children back to Central American countries controlled by drug cartels that routinely torture, rape and kill children who refuse to work for them. So routinely are children menaced that their families sent them away, alone, across thousands of miles on just the slimmest of hopes that they might be safe. U.S. law doesn’t allow them sanctuary.
“They walked through some of the most hostile, hot, barren, dangerous country in the world. They were sent by poor families so terrified for their safety that they paid many thousands of dollars and entrusted their children to criminals hoping they might arrive in America and be safe.
“Our hearts are not touched by these children. We want the law enforced. This is our country. Ours. And we don’t have to share it. Not now. Not 75 years ago.
“Yes, these are children whom we’ll send back to be raped, maimed and killed. They aren’t our children. Our children are precious.”
Photo: New York Times