Thursday, August 4, 2022

NPR: "Talk of 'invasion' moves from the fringe to the mainstream of GOP immigration message"


NPR reports that "in Republican primary races this year, few issues have come up more in TV ads than immigration. And one word in particular stands out: invasion."  It is squarely into the mainstream.

"We're gonna end this invasion," Blake Masters, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Arizona, says in a campaign ad.

The word has also appeared in ads for Gov. Brian Kemp in Georgia, Sen. Rick Scott in Florida, and Kari Lake, who's locked in a close race in the Republican primary for governor in Arizona.

The invasion language is not new to attacks on immigrants.  Chinese immigrants were attacked for the "invasion" of the United States in the 1800s.  More recently, California Governor Petre Wilson, a champion of the state's Proposition 187, an anti-immigrant landmark, in 1994 sued the U.S. government over the "invasion" of immigrants.   President Trump, in words repeated by a mass murderer in El Paso in 2019, spoke of the immigrant "invasion." 


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