Fox News hosts and guests have been relentlessly pushing the myth of the diseased immigrant, falsely claiming that refugees from Central America are coming here with things like polio (seriously?) and every other disease they can list. Some of them do, of course, show up at the border sick, but mostly with minor things like respiratory infections and injuries from the journey. Tucker Carlson’s guest, Buck Sexton, offered up this nonsense:
BUCK SEXTON: On one front, you just have now the increase in very serious medical cases. And this is problematic in a number of levels. You have people who are showing up, as we know, there are already two children who have died in custody. They were ill when they entered custody but there many people that are now coming into border patrol custody, in most cases or many cases they are surrendering so they are actually, actively seeking out border patrol. Knowing that they are going to get medical services. They’re actually having to set up now screening facilities, frontline screening facilities for border patrol to deal with people showing up who have H1N1 flu, scabies, a whole list, a whole litany of different communicable, very serious diseases that they have to be treated for, by the way, courtesy of the taxpayer, that often requires taking them to the nearest hospital which takes one or two, depending on the sector, border patrol agents to accompany them to the hospital. All of this of course paid for by Uncle Sam. Then you also have to deal with the drain on resources.…
And now what’s happening is border patrol is being turned into a de facto Red Cross on our border for people who are coming up with serious illnesses, diseases, people who are eight or nine months pregnant. This is happening in increasing numbers every month.
No, it’s actually at its lowest levels in 50 years. And every single immigrant group that comes here gets hit with this same accusation. You know the only ones it’s ever been true of? The British colonists who came here and slaughtered the Native Americans. The lies never change, they just get recycled and used all over again when the next group of immigrants comes here, and the accusation is made by those whose ancestors faced the same lies and bigotry when they arrived.
And hey, let’s just let them suffer and die instead. I mean, it’s not like they’re actually human beings or anything, amirite? I mean, look at their skin — it’s not white like real human beings are. And you know what? I bet Sexton considers himself a devout Christian, while he ignores all of the verses in the Bible that command people to treat foreigners as you would your own family. I’m sure he’d be fine if his family was just left to die so they don’t have to spend any of that precious taxpayer money.
I bet he’s also fine with all manner of brutality in our foreign policy. He probably thinks there’s plenty of money for war. Use that taxpayer money to kill people, not to help them. That’s what Jesus would do, isn’t it?