Palumbo: Not In My Backyard

Remember Peter Palumbo, the Rhode Island state representative who famously called Jessica Ahlquist an "evil little thing"? Well he just wrote a letter to the governor of that state saying that while he has sympathy for those 52,000 child refugees, he doesn't think we should do anything to help them -- at least not in his state. … [Read more...]

The Non-Existent ‘$50 Million Federal Resort for Illegals’

They say truth is the first casualty of war and it's proving true in the right wing's war on 52,000 child refugees -- and on common decency. Jim Hoft, the infamous Gateway Pundit (often referred to as the Dumbest Man on the Internet), published a piece with the headline: "FEDS TO OPEN $50 MILLION RESORT FOR ILLEGAL CHILDREN – Complete With Tennis Courts, Sauna & Pools." Guess what? It's a lie. … [Read more...]

HUMANE Act Gets It Exactly Backward

As you've probably read by now, American immigration law deals with unaccompanied minors from Mexico differently than those from non-contiguous countries. Mexican children can be sent back immediately by a border patrol agent, while those from non-contiguous countries have to have a hearing before a judge. A new bill in Congress does the exact opposite of what should be done to fix that. … [Read more...]

WND Suddenly Cares About Religious Non-Profits Getting Taxpayer Funds

The Worldnetdaily has suddenly decided that they're troubled by religious non-profits getting government funding, but only if those religious charities are taking care of refugee children -- you know, the 12-year olds with ebola coming here to rape white women and vote Democratic. … [Read more...]

Jon Stewart vs Louis Gohmert

Jon Stewart takes on the right wing's freakout over 52,000 child refugees who have entered the country over the last few months, especially the incredibly stupid Louis Gohmert and one of his loopy House floor speech. This is funny stuff. … [Read more...]

Armed Bigots Protest Refugee Children in Michigan

The same group of xenophobic bigots who held their own meeting last week to throw a fit about the possibility of 120 child refugees being housed for a few weeks in Vassar, Michigan while they await an immigration hearing just held an armed march in that town to protest the same thing. … [Read more...]

Rios: Treat Refugee Children Like Lepers

Sandy Rios of the American Family Association knows just what Jesus would do with those 52,000 child refugees at our border: He'd quarantine them like lepers. I'm sure that's exactly what he meant by "whatever you do to the least of these, you do unto me also." … [Read more...]

Tribalism and the Myth of the Diseased Immigrant

As we watch the right wing unconscionably attack thousands of child refugees who have come here for safety and opportunity, partly with the old trope about diseased immigrants, Jesse Singal notes that this reaction is based on tribalism and fear of the other that is deeply ingrained in us. … [Read more...]

The Bus Full of Refugees That Wasn’t

Adam Kwasman, a Republican state legislator now running for Congress in Arizona, is one of those far right politicians who is simultaneously demanding that all of the refugee children be sent back immediately and that Obama is to blame for the mistreatment that led them to come here in the first place. And he has an anecdote to prove it: … [Read more...]

The Racist Trope of the Disease-Ridden Immigrant

One of the most commonly repeated tropes in American history is the idea that immigrants come here and spread disease. It's been used to oppose virtually every immigrant group throughout our history and now it's being used by xenophobes once again to demand that 52,000 young refugees be sent back to Central America. Samuel Kleiner recounts some of this vile history: … [Read more...]

Miller: Refugee Children a Threat to Our Survival

As the right wing continues to freak out about the presence of about 50,000 kids who are refugees from Central America, Joe Miller, a former Senate candidate from Alaska and Tea Party darling, says that their presence in this country is a threat to our very survival! … [Read more...]

The Death of Pat Buchanan’s America

In his latest column, old-school racist paleo-conservative Pat Buchanan declares that America is "no longer 1 nation, 1 people," as if we ever were such a thing. But what he means by this is that we have too many brown-skinned people here now and he doesn't like it one bit. … [Read more...]