You’ve probably seen reports that the southern border of the US is out of control, with masses of potential immigrants flooding into the US, including terrorists and people who have Covid-19.
This is a coordinated PR effort to smear Joe Biden, and almost everything you’ve heard is propaganda, or at least misleading. For example, is there a new surge of migrants trying to cross the border? That’s misleading. The number of migrants seeking asylum has gone up, but it does that from time to time. It went up like this twice during Trump’s presidency. This is nothing new and certainly not abnormal or due to anything that has changed since the election. In fact, the numbers went up at the end of Trump’s term.
Next Republicans started spreading the lie that the immigrants trying to enter the US are terrorists, or have Covid-19. But there is no evidence of either of these. This is like Trump claiming that Mexico was sending rapists. According to the director of immigration studies at the conservative Cato Institute “The notion that the Southwest border is open to terrorists is ludicrous.” Besides, it is far easier for terrorists to come into the US by air, and then overstay their visas, you know, like the 9/11 terrorists did. There has never been an act of terrorism in the US from a terrorist who entered through the southern border.
Even worse, an article in The Independent presents good evidence that the pro-Trump labor union of the Border Patrol officers is coordinating with Republican politicians to create a fake crisis at the southern border. “This is a planned, coordinated attempt to sabotage the Biden administration.” This same union was coordinating directly with the White House during the Trump administration, to gin up fear about immigrants.
This is how propaganda is created and spread, by creating fear and repeating it over and over again.