“[Abbott] just grabs different things that fall under a larger anti-immigrant theme that he seems to have built his re-election campaign on,” Saenz told the Center for Public Integrity. It is very true. Abbott and former Governor Rick Perry racked up billions of taxpayer dollars for supposed border initiatives over nearly two decades, with little to prove. Apart from political victories, of course.
“Now, that said, if it’s a thoughtful decision, maybe it’s because [of] this replacement theory, Saenz continued in the interview. “The replacement theory is based on increasing numbers. Thus, children are somewhat an indication of the growing number of adults in the future. So to the extent that he has thought about it, perhaps it is consistent with this racist replacement theory that has spread in some Republican circles.
But all that, really. The replacement theory was picked up last year by New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, the third House Republican. Following a deadly mass shooting at the hands of a white supremacist in Buffalo last month, Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has repeatedly refused to speak out against the racist belief. A survey conducted by the Southern Poverty Law Center and Tulchin Research before Buffalo found “substantial support” for the theory among the GOP electorate.
“By the way, Stefanik is also not trying to redeem himself by speaking out against white nationalism,” wrote Joan McCarter of the Daily Kos. “Instead, she said the Buffalo terrorist attack should not be politicized. This is what they also say about the Uvalde massacre which claimed the lives of 19 schoolchildren and two teachers. When they say things shouldn’t be politicized, they mean they don’t want you to point out what they encouraged.
Saenz told the Center for Public Integrity that when some schools posted possible Plyler v. Doe offences,”just one letter. Usually, violations are not meant to be violations, so once they come to their attention, schools change them. Indeed, in some cases, it is just a lower level employee who decides alone to require a social security number. He said that when former education secretary Betsy DeVos claimed in a hearing that school districts could decide for themselves whether to admit undocumented students, “she immediately had to backtrack, but even that kind of irresponsible comment has an impact.”
“The Supreme Court has made it clear that children, regardless of their immigration status, have a right to an education,” US Immigration Council policy director Royce Murray said in 2018. But now, in 2022, it is a very different and soulless Supreme Court. politicians who tout the same vile rhetoric used by racist mass murderers know this.
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