Michele Bachmann continues her disgusting and blatantly racist campaign against Latino immigration with some appalling statements during a conference call with an anti-immigration group last week. She wants a 100% tax on money they might send back to their families — but only in Latin America.
“When are we going to get serious and really deport and deport right on the border?” Bachmann asked.
“Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, those countries are laughing at us because they’re making money with their corrupt governments in conjunction with these international criminal cartels, they’re all making money and kickbacks,” she said. “What I believe we should do is have a 100 percent tax on remittances, the money that illegal aliens send back to these countries.”
Let’s start with the ridiculous reasoning before we get to the racism. Does she think Latino immigrants who come here send money back to the governments or to criminal cartels? No, they send money back to their families, who are often desperately poor. What that has to do with corrupt governments or cartels is beyond me. And why only those countries? This is how immigration has worked for the last two centuries, including European immigrants to the United States.
Greek, Italian, Polish, and Irish immigrants, among many others, did the same thing, came here to establish themselves, sent money back or saved money to bring other members of their families over here. They often built businesses and then helped set up their family members in other businesses. This is an immeasurably good thing, both for them and for the country (just imagine how much less interesting just the food culture in this country would be without it). But she only wants to prevent that in “these countries,” meaning Latin American countries. Funny how it’s just fine when white people do it, but not when dark-skinned people do it.
“What we have to recognize is this truly is a war against the American people,” she added.
I’m so fucking tired of hearing this talk of immigration being a “war” or an “invasion.” These are people coming here to make a better life for themselves. They’re not an invading army, for fuck’s sake.