As we come off the celebration of Easter, one of the headlines that became national news again emanated from Florida, when the state’s mini Trumpeto governor, anxious to prove just how much like his idol he is, chose the easiest target for political scapegoating: undocumented immigrants and those who show any love to them.
Ron Death Santis, a supposed Christian Catholic, is now pushing what the New York Times on April 10 dubbed the “Toughest Immigration Crackdown in the Nation.” He has moved beyond “banning the teaching of sexual orientation and gender identity from kindergarten through third grade” and banning books that tell Black history through his “S.T.O.P Woke” act, and has gone back to manipulating the state to “crucify” undocumented immigrants and those who help them.
Death Santis and his band of Pharisees are now set to push through bills in the state that will “expose people to felony charges for sheltering, hiring, and transporting undocumented immigrants; require hospitals to ask patients their immigration status and report to the state; invalidate out-of-state driver’s licenses issued to undocumented immigrants; and direct the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to provide assistance to federal authorities in enforcing the nation’s immigration laws.”
This is in Florida, a state that has been built by migrants. European colonists quickly decimated the Indigenous population, beginning with the arrival of the Spanish explorer and adventurer Juan Ponce de León in 1513 to become the first migrants. Later, whites from the South migrated there. The difference between then and today is simply 0.07–0.15 mm of epidermis and its pigment. If the new undocumented immigrants of today were of “no color” or “pale white,” we wouldn’t be having this discussion.
The new measures by Death Santis and his Chief Priests, according to the New York Times, “represent the most far-reaching state immigration legislation since 2010, when Arizona, a border state that was the nation’s busiest corridor for human smuggling at the time, passed a law that required the police to ask people they stopped for proof of immigration status if they had a reason to suspect they might be in the country illegally.”
Death Santis has already separately proposed eliminating in-state college tuition for undocumented students and beneficiaries of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA or Dreamers, who were brought to the United States as young children. This is, of course, on the heels of his kidnapping and transporting immigrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard.
I’m not sure what Bible Death Santis and his band of supposed Christians in the Florida legislature and the Republican party nationally read, but it’s sure not the same one I do.
On Easter weekend, a time when Christians celebrated yet again one of the greatest love stories of all time, its deeply upsetting to see what is happening in Florida. No right-minded Christian who truly understands what true Christianity is—love of God and neighbor—should stand idly by and let a man who worships at the Temple of Trumpeto, Ambition, Greed, and Power, just like the Pharisees who crucified Jesus, run rough-shod over all of us in this Sunshine State.
“What would Jesus do” is the question we need to ask ourselves. It certainly is not what we see being pushed by the Florida and GOP Pharisees, using the cover of Christianity to execute Saul-like tactics to destroy and crucify brothers and sisters who do not look like them.
Ron Death Santis is no Christian, and neither is his band of Pharisees in the Florida Legislature. Like Jesus cleared out the Temple, we need to expose Con Ron and his fake Christians for what they really are. The Most High God will take care of the rest and protect all his children—documented or not. Many like Death Santis have tried and failed. He will, too.
The same initiatives used to stop Arizona’s controversial anti-immigrant law, SB 1070, must be used against Florida as soon as the Fake Christians execute their xenophobic vendetta. Death Santis is using weapons against God’s people. But any diabolical assignment of the enemy will be returned to the enemy. Watch out, Mini Trumpeto, because you can bet God is watching you, too!
The writer is publisher of NewsAmericasNow.com – The Black Immigrant Daily News.