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Democrats and progressives decided, for months, to turn a blind eye and ignore the border crisis because Biden is president. Those who used to take pictures of themselves crying in front of the cages fell silent as soon as the new administration arrived. But now they are back to talking about the border. The reason: the border patrol has taken us back to “the days of slavery.”
As soon as Biden became president, the border was filled with migrants who soon overwhelmed the capacity of the authorities. For months we have seen horrifying images, even of months-old children abandoned by “coyotes,” and none of it impressed progressivism.
Politicians, activists, and journalists have Biden’s back and are unable to talk about the perverse incentives this administration create so that thousands of migrants, even from as far away as Haiti, are now camped out at the border. Even journalists were silent when this administration prevented them from entering to report on what was happening in the migrant detention centers.
But now something has happened that they do want to pay attention to. With progressives, it’s not the “what” but the “who” that matters. The terrible things we have seen for 8 months at the border should not be talked about because the government is clearly to blame. But some photos that have gone viral this week, which when seen in a quick and careless way, appear to show border patrol agents whipping black Haitians.
What have Democrats and progressives seen? An opportunity to divert attention to the patrol’s alleged abuse and racism. Before long we will see them calling for the defunding of the border patrol…
Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters has said that border patrol agents riding horses to control migrants are trying to “takes us back hundreds of years to what we witnessed in slavery.”
When you look carefully at the videos it seems clear that at no point have the agents hit the migrants with whips. In fact, there are no whips, what they are holding are the horses’ reins. But the truth does not matter. The progressives are happy, they can finally talk about the border again — their silence was already looking very strange — and use the issue to blame everything on the border authorities and pretend again that they care about the migrants.
Biden is not to blame for anything, he’s just a warm old man who eats choco-chip ice cream. The border patrol, on the other hand, not content with not letting all migrants pass, now dares to stop them by force when they try to enter illegally. So much racism!
Vanessa Vallejo. Co-editor-in-chief of El American. Economist. Podcaster. Political and economic analysis of America. Colombian exile in the United States // Vanessa Vallejo. Co-editora en jefe de El American. Economista. Podcaster. Análisis político y económico de América. Colombiana exiliada en EE. UU.