TW: violence, racism, & death
Instead of working to pass the “Dream & Promise Act” or “Farm Workforce Modernization Act,” NBC News reporters Jacob Soboroff and Morgan Chesky are reporting that 19 Republican Senators are set “to ride up and down the Rio Grande on @TxDPS boats outfitted with multiple .30 caliber machine guns.”
The “threat” that they are play-act “patrolling” against? Vulnerable kids seeking refuge in America.
Here are some of the reactions from immigrants and advocates who are disgusted by this stunt:
The political stunt to end all political stunts; innocent children seeking a better life faced off by US senators riding machine gun boats delivered by the governor who's trying to distract from rising COVID numbers and a disastrous response to a storm that killed 100 Texans. https://t.co/6tcp7TE65q
— Aaron Reichlin-Melnick (@ReichlinMelnick) March 26, 2021
I wrote yesterday the Republican border visit was going to be a stunt: https://t.co/EWljYKRVXl
It's a stunt: https://t.co/dwmk2enPYi
— Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) March 26, 2021
these Republicans are fucking stunt queens
their stunts are dangerous and evil and cruel
but they show us who they are https://t.co/BR2aroA0qq
— Joe Sudbay (@JoeSudbay) March 26, 2021
This is the problem – it is not a war zone. https://t.co/UDCKTKSH8T
— Allen Orr Jr. Esq. (@allenorresq) March 26, 2021
Yesterday a 9-year-old child died crossing the Rio Grande.
The child’s mother and sibling were found by CBP unconscious alongside them.
Imagine the desperation it takes for a mother to cross a river with her children. These are the human beings people are using to fear monger.
— Sawyer Hackett (@SawyerHackett) March 26, 2021
…because Republicans believe migrants, specifically brown & Black migrants, are criminals. They are racist. Why is this a surprise? https://t.co/YiElQI9urR
— Jenn Budd (@BuddJenn) March 26, 2021
Yesterday CBP reported that they found a mother and her three- and nine-year-old daughters unconscious on an island in the Rio Grande. The older daughter died.
— Ben Orlebeke (@ben_orlebeke) March 26, 2021
Here’s how it goes. Dems make promises on immigration reform. Then Rs create this fake border security crisis. Dems introduce legislation and say, oh we have some Rs on our side. Then Rs come back and say, we want more “security”. Then Dems compromise. Rs end up voting no anyway.
— Erika Andiola (@ErikaAndiola) March 26, 2021
Imagine being a 10 year old and fleeing violence, relying on compassion & care from adults. Imagine if we would see the children at the border as such – children. What if we had courageous leaders who were fixated on solutions instead of pointing fingers. We have to do better.
— Reyna Montoya (@ReynaEMontoya) March 26, 2021
These are children.
It’s shameful they continue to push the narrative that these children are a ‘threat’ when they are simply seeking protection. https://t.co/xjGmgv7kOQ
— KIND (@supportKIND) March 26, 2021