Fear In America: From ICE Raids To Racist Tweets

Fear In America: From ICE Raids To Racist Tweets

5:35pm Jul 15, 2019
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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, officers prepare for morning raids to arrest undocumented immigrants in 2018 in New York City.
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The Trump administration planned to target thousands of undocumented families this weekend, according to The New York Times. But as of Sunday evening, there was little evidence of the large-scale effort President Trump had promised.

Instead, the president took to Twitter.

The president appears to have referenced Democratic Reps. Ayanna Pressley (MA), Rashida Tlaib (MI), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY) and Ilhan Omar (MN).

The suggestion that four congresswomen should “help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came” was an ugly reminder of the racist comments and implications that have long been a part of the president’s political strategy.

President Trump postponed these ICE raids once before, suggesting he would wait “to see if the Democrats and Republicans can get together and work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border,” according to CNN.

What should we make of the climate of fear these threats — both of raids, and of the suggestion that four congresswomen of color should go back to where they came from — have fostered?

Produced by Bianca Martin.


Jonathan Metzl, Professor, Sociology and Psychiatry, Vanderbilt University; author, “Dying of Whiteness”; @JonathanMetzl

Leslie Berestein Rojas, Immigration and emerging communities reporter for Southern California Public Radio in Pasadena, CA; @Multi_American

Franco Ordoñez, White House correspondent, NPR; @FrancoOrdonez

Lori Lightfoot, Mayor, Chicago; @chicagosmayor

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