“Oscar El Blue” and “Paloma for Trump” were cheerleaders for brutal crackdowns. Now they’re stars in a new right-wing panic over the border under Joe Biden.
Jean Guerrero is an investigative journalist and author of Hatemonger: Stephen Miller, Donald Trump and the White Nationalist Agenda, forthcoming from William Morrow (HarperCollins) on August 11. Her first book, Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir, won the PEN/FUSION Emerging Writers Prize. Her writing is featured in The Best American Essays 2019. She contributes to NPR, the PBS NewsHour and more, and won an Emmy Award. Months before Trump’s family separations captured national attention, her reporting on the practice was cited by members of Congress in a concerned letter to DHS. She started her career at the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires as a foreign correspondent in Mexico and Central America. She was 2019 “Journalist of the Year” (Society for Professional Journalists, San Diego) and the California Chicano News Media Association named her one of the region's most influential Latina journalists.
Pro-immigrant advocates say that the Border Patrol video violates a 2001 law because it “contains blatantly false and misleading information.”
The Border Patrol video includes false and misleading headlines and a fictionalized murder set to horror-movie music.
The Department of Homeland Security is being led by right-wing radicals whose excesses are inflicting damage on their own cause.
The administration has retreated from its latest cruel plan, but international students feel unwelcome, lonely, and afraid as Miller’s allies prepare new shoes to drop on them.
Since Trump can no longer use a strong economy to argue for re-election, he’s going to rely more heavily on Miller and a crackdown on legal immigrants.