Grotesque Behavior From Ron DeSantis Towards Immigrants

Over the recent past, we have witnessed more than our share of truly awful partisan moments. We saw a disabled journalist mocked, Gold Star families maligned, a POW with lifetime injuries ridiculed, and the Memorial Wall at the CIA demeaned.  While it would be wrong to think the reasons for our national disgust could not grow, we could be excused for not thinking it would be as grotesque as it turned out to be this week.

Using a pot of money, $12 million in public funds, Florida moved some immigrants to another state. The aim of Republican Governor Ron DeSantis is not to aid, comfort, or assist people who have come to our nation seeking a better life, but rather to pump up his name and harsh brand of conservatism for a national bid for the presidency.  If seeking to embarrass officials in other states by abusing men, women, and children who are at the mercy of our nation now what constitutes ‘leadership’ in the modern GOP, well, Lord, help us all.

This week the shameless display of flying about 50 immigrant Venezuelans to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts set the bar for deplorable behavior at the lowest level yet. There was no notice given to state or local officials or equally important to aid organizations who could have helped to support these people.  It was reported the immigrants were picked up in Texas where they had been staying and then flown through Florida.  The funding for this despicable treatment of people was from a ‘slush fund’ in Florida, money not appropriated for the purpose to act with recklessness or with a desire to harm others.  Yet, DeSantis was doing exactly that very thing.

Not to be outdone for wretched behavior, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has also sent busloads of people to cities around the country. But come Sunday these self-righteous men will bask themselves in evangelical fervor and pretend to have a slice of decency in their lives.  But what they really have demonstrated outside of church is the absence of Christian values.  No one uses vulnerable human beings as political pawns.  It is grotesque.   

People come to this nation for economic and safety reasons. The fact is there will be much stress and upheavals in Mexico and Central American countries in the years to come. Some of it will be created by climate change and while there are those who will pretend that is not a ‘real concern’, it is in fact, already contributing to immigration. Reports from places such as the Northern Triangle (Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador) underscore weather changes are happening as drought becomes prevalent. As such, challenges with farming mean people are leaving. Add in drugs and the misery they cause in these counties, and factor in natural disasters, and failed governmental leadership and it is no wonder people flee in an attempt for something better.  You and I would do the same.

There remains a duty for politicians to craft a reasonable immigration bill that will afford our nation’s border security.  That has long been a point this blog has made clear.  One of the reasons that such legislation is not forthcoming or sent to the president’s desk is that we do not have common-sense redistricting. During the past decade, 70% of the Republican members of the House had less than 10% Hispanic voter base in their districts which means there was nothing required of those members to act.  They felt no pressure to work for the higher national interests or do the heavy lifting required when it comes to immigration reform. 

Some Republicans are, in fact, the reason two all-encompassing bills failed to be enacted.  For the record, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 passed in the Senate on May 25, 2006, on a 62-36 vote. The bill included provisions to strengthen border security with fencing, vehicle barriers, surveillance technology, and more personnel; a new temporary worker visa category; and a path to legal status for immigrants in the country illegally if they met specific criteria.  Then-President George W. Bush commended the Senate “for passing bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform” and said he looked forward to working with both chambers. But the bill was never taken up by the House.

Then in 2013, a bill backed by Democrats and 14 Republicans, called the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act passed the Senate on a 68-32 vote on June 27, 2013. It rotted in the GOP House. In 2018 Dreamers were being held hostage by the GOP congress. 

Republicans have shown they will not ante up to pass meaningful immigration policy but will harm and abuse others to make for partisan tensions. The horrible behavior of DeSantis along with his band of aping followers this week underscores the need for good immigration policy to trump loud boorish partisanship.

9 thoughts on “Grotesque Behavior From Ron DeSantis Towards Immigrants

  1. Cornelius_Gotchberg

    “Over the recent past, we have witnessed more than our share of truly awful partisan moments.”

    Howse about firebombing, brick-n-molotov cocktail throwing, shooting of congressional members, attempting to murder supreme court justices; but The Gotch guesses that’s different…

    Anywho, back to the subject.

    (bolds/caps/italics mine throughout)
    “(Immigration Attorney R. Andrew) Free found himself at a political event where the president was present.

    “Reluctant to disrupt the scene, but unable to let what he had seen go unspoken, Free struck an uneasy compromise with himself. He politely shook hands with the president, then mentioned his visit to the detention centers. Close them, Mr. President, he begged. ‘IT’S WRONG,’ Free said. ‘AND IT’S GOING TO BE A STAIN ON YOUR LEGACY.’

    ”The president was unmoved. ‘I’ll tell you what we can’t have,’ he told Free. ‘It’s these parents sending their kids here on a dangerous journey and putting their lives at risk.’ Then he moved on down the line, shaking hands with his supporters. Admitted Free: ‘I was dumbfounded.’

    ”Free’s poignant tweets, written a couple of weeks ago (06/18/2018), stirred a firestorm of thousands of responses — mostly, it appeared, because THE YEAR HE WAS DESCRIBING WAS NOT 2018 BUT 2015, AND THE PRESIDENT HE WAS REPROVING WAS NOT DONALD TRUMP BUT BARACK OBAMA.

    ” ‘A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK THAT ALL THIS STARTED WITH TRUMP,’ Free told the Miami Herald last week from his Nashville office. ‘IT DIDN’T …‘ ”

    The Gtoch

  2. Cornelius_Gotchberg

    ”We used to stand as leader and friend to free people and people seeking freedom.”

    Children ALREADY HERE are too fat, or starving to death (depending on the narrative du jour), aren’t well-educated enough, don’t get adequate health care, won’t have the life expectancy/economic opportunities of their parents.

    Speaking of the the parents: they have wage stagnation, no savings, poor job prospects, are two days away from the dole themselves, the ones that aren’t already homeless will be by the end of the month, ad infinitum ad nauseum.

    And the good ol’ U.S. of A. is expected to take on mucho mas that will need services several orders of magnitude greater?

    The Gotch isn’t a math/macro-economics guy, but he learned a looooong time ago that, harsh as it appears, picking up strays isn’t a viable long-term strategy, regardless of how deftly it ramps one’s Messiah Complex endorphins.

    How much longer do you believe the leader and friend to free people and people seeking freedom can afford to continue as:
    *the world’s free haberdasher,
    *the world’s free clinic,
    *the world’s free landlord,
    *the world’s free smorgasbord,
    *the world’s free babysitter,
    *the world’s free mental health provider,
    *the world’s free jobs training/placement provider
    *the world’s free educator,
    *the world’s free transportation service,
    *the world’s free police force,
    *the world’s free disaster relief repository, etc., etc., etc.?

    And to a world that hated us long before Hope-n-Change delivered us from evil?

    Welp, hated us right up until their time of need, [Jeopardy intermission muzak] and, incuriously, commenced hating us right after their empty hat had something in it.

    Free (frē) adverb:

    At _The_Expense_Of_Others

    The Gotch

      1. Let us not forget what happened this week. The folks in Martha’s Vineyard rallied to provide food, shelter, clothing, etc. Those asylum seekers went to Cape Cod where further help was given. The real side of humanity was demonstrated by the people of the nation.

    1. The fact is that we need more immigrants and our nation simply needs to have more brown-skinned folks in our communities. The reason is simple demographics and economics. Too many business people in every state and every sector of the economy are short of workers. And this is no a pandemic outcome, rather this shortage has been going on for many, many years. Consider 2020 data that shows at least one in nine men between 25 and 54 years old, and one in five between their early 20s and mid-to-late 60s, isn’t working – conservatively, three times the comparable figure in 1960. The non-working does not represent one category of man, although those without college degrees are disproportionately represented. In some areas where poor whites live opioids is a real problem that translates into worker shortages. So yes, we need a comprehensive immigration bill and we simply must have the GOP rise to the occasion and govern with Democrats, as I know some wish to do as the votes on this post underscored. Secondly, we need to have leaders talk about the need to have more workers in our nation. If our males can not work, the jobs still must be completed. Immigrants are a source of employees many businesses wish to employ.

  3. Cornelius_Gotchberg

    From the WSJ:

    (bolds/caps/italics mine throughout)
    “New York Mayor Eric Adams, who presides over eight million residents, said Wednesday that his city is nearing its breaking point after receiving about 10,000 migrants since May. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker declared a state of emergency Wednesday and authorized National Guard troops to help out after a mere 500 migrants made it to Chicago. Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser has also declared an emergency.

    El Paso Looks Like A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY After Border City Is Overrun By Migrants

    And these Lefty Mayors/Governors declare States Of Emergency with what amounts to a rounding error?

    The Gotch believes they protest too much…..

    Anywho, leave the everLUVin’ coup de grâce hypocrisy to the epically disgusting, monumentally corrupt Hillarity, who breathlessly slobbered that the Martha’s Vineyard transfer of a whole 50 people was LITERALLY HUMAN TRAFFICKING.

    Perhaps she’s angry that she, the Former Serial Sexual Predator-In-Chief, and the Clintonista Slush Fund weren’t able to commodify this suffering like they did in Haiti…..?

    The Gotch

    1. You have not mentioned the two comprehensive immigration bills with bipartisan support in roughly the past decade that the GOP torpedoed…yet have a strong opinion on the topic of this post. So, might this just be politics? You seem to protest too much too.

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