Rev. Al Sharpton is not happy about the situation at the southern border.
In an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” this week, Sharpton likely upset his liberal allies when he pointed out that people are “outraged” at the millions of illegal immigrants entering the country unchecked.
Sharpton made his remarks during an interview with Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), who helped negotiate the recent bipartisan deal on the southern border, which already appears like it is heading for failure.
He asked Murphy:
What is being done to get the public to really rise up in various states to say to their senators that they want to see the border issue resolved? I mean, you’re getting migrants beating up policemen in the streets of New York.
You’re seeing an influx of migrants all over the country that, frankly, have people outraged. Couldn’t there be some kind of public pressure put in the next couple of days in some of these senators’ states saying, ‘Why are you allowing this to continue?’ Because at the end of the day, senators have to deal with their voters.
After Murphy made the case for his bill and the topic moved on to the war in Gaza, Sharpton pulled the conversation back to the border and correctly described what is going on as an “invasion.”
But the border, I mean, we’re looking every day at the invasion of migrants, and they’re playing a time game with politics on this?” he asked. Couldn’t the pressure be put to bear in their home states?
Al Sharpton on MSNBC: “You’re getting migrants beating up policemen in the streets of New York… We’re looking every day at the invasion of migrants” pic.twitter.com/lqJy4wFqyS
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Such supposedly provocative language will undoubtedly be triggering to many on the left, with HuffPost just this week publishing a piece making the case that such rhetoric is deeply racist:
Once confined to the nativist far-right, this rhetoric of immigrant invasion has surged into the Republican Party mainstream since former President Donald Trump’s rise in 2016. All but one GOP governor has endorsed Abbott’s claim of an invasion. This rhetoric has been deployed throughout American history to fuel support for anti-immigration measures and most notably in the Supreme Court’s opinion upholding the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.
The problem with Texas’ argument that immigration amounts to an invasion is pretty simple: Immigration simply isn’t an invasion. This legal argument has been rejected by at least five appeals courts over the past 30 years, including as recently as 1997, also by the Fifth Circuit in a case brought by Texas, and is refuted by the statements of the Constitution’s authors.
Nevertheless, the disagreement indicates the growing level of frustration among parts of the Democratic coalition at the never-ending flow of illegals arriving in cities such as New York and Chicago.
Anger at the situation is particularly prevalent among many black communities, who are understandably outraged at the prospect of their tax dollars going toward funding the lifestyles of unknown individuals who continue to make a mockery of America’s legal system.
Over the past few months, leaders in New York, Chicago, and other sanctuary cities have pleaded with Texas Governor Greg Abbott to stop sending illegals their way.
Abbott, meanwhile, has confirmed the policy will remain until something is done to secure the border. “Texas has transported over 102,000 migrants to sanctuary cities,” he wrote on the X platform last month. “Overwhelmed Texas border towns should not bear the brunt of Biden’s open border policies. Our transportation mission will continue until Biden secures the border.”