Selective compassion: The Romeike family and the GOP’s immigration hypocrisy

Selective compassion: The Romeike family and the GOP’s immigration hypocrisy

One word can describe Republicans’ views on undocumented immigrants: dehumanizing. Not too long ago, Republican “religious” voters justified Trump’s horrible family separation policy for migrants, sometimes referred to as “kids in cages.” Trump had an obsession with harming migrants fleeing with their families who were trying to declare asylum at the Southern border. He openly suggested violent ideas:

Privately, the president had often talked about fortifying a border wall with a water-filled trench, stocked with snakes or alligators, prompting aides to seek a cost estimate. He wanted the wall electrified, with spikes on top that could pierce human flesh.

After publicly suggesting that soldiers shoot migrants if they threw rocks, the president backed off when his staff told him that was illegal. But later in a meeting, aides recalled, he suggested that they shoot migrants in the legs to slow them down. That’s not allowed either, they told him.

This hate rhetoric stems from the Nazi “Great Replacement” theory, claiming that Democrats are trying to bring in brown immigrants to dilute the power of whites. The utter lack of compassion for families fleeing violence, starvation, and oppression from their home countries is heartbreaking, but sadly, isn’t anything surprising or new. What did shock me was the right’s reaction to a recent story about an undocumented immigrant family, the Romeikes.

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