On April 22nd, a headline from The Texas Tribune caught my attention, as it confirmed exactly what I thought was behind the move by the state’s governor to tag and force Black and brown immigrants onto buses and ship them out of his state and far away––to New York and Washington, D.C.
The headline screamed: “Judge in Texas border crackdown accused of using racist slur against migrants.”
The story was about an 80-year-old conservative judge named Allen Amos, who was tapped by Kinney County, a rural border county with hard-core conservative leadership, to oversee a large group of the migrants they say are trespassing under Abbott’s border security initiative, Operation Lone Star.
A defense attorney told the State Commission on Judicial Conduct that Judge Amos told her the migrants weren’t “your regular wetbacks,” according to a copy of the complaint obtained by The Texas Tribune.
“They have phones and clothes and all kinds of other things,” Amos reportedly said in July to defense attorney Emily Miller, whose complaint was first reported by The Daily Beast.
The racist comment from a judge sums up exactly why these so-called Bible-thumping, gun-loving Christians, who have said abortion should not be allowed because it’s “murder” per the good book, have no problem in turning their backs on the hungry, poor, and homeless and forcing them on what can only be called neuvo slave ships.
Which begs the question––would they be doing this if the immigrants pouring over to seek asylum were from Europe? We all know what that answer is regardless of whether it’s an uncomfortable truth to face.
We also saw it play out last year when Ukrainian refugees walked right in and into the welcoming arms of a prepared system that let them breeze right ahead to the head of the line.
No such option for Black and brown anywhere who have become the new chattel in the latest chapter of the MAGA political handbook.
The MAGAites are happy to cheer on Texas as it deports the “invaders” to New York and D.C., to make a point to President Joe Biden and so-called Liberals. The result as we see is a straining of resources all around in these cities with an already existing homeless crisis, and a system that is definitely unstainable. We cannot continue this way with no real solution.
Not that Abbott cares or is trying to negotiate any. Oh, no. Emboldened by his “God” Donald, and supported now by several Southeast Texas counties, including Orange and Hardin, Abbott is happy to show how much of a tough “ole boy” from the South he is.
The action shows exactly how The Donald has normalized racism and xenophobia in America. The right’s new “God” has given them strength to voice racist comments openly and act upon what they always wanted to––stopping the Black and brown “invaders” by any means necessary.
Who cares what Jesus would do?
The writer is publisher of NewsAmericasNow.com – The Black Immigrant Daily News.