We constantly hear politicians blame migrants for Covid-19 increases. But is there any truth to these claims? No, there is not. We hear about immigrants at the border and some of us automatically think of covid. We should take these claims with a grain of salt, especially when made by right-wing politicians like Ted Cruz, Gregg Abbott, and Ron Desantis. At the same time, these very same politicians put the lives of their own constituents at risk by discouraging the use of masks and disregarding CDC guidelines.
In this first episode of the Border Boys Podcast, Leo the Lawyer talks about immigrants, covid, and this recurring myth that migrants are causing increases in covid rates. The truth is, this increase has far more to do with rates of vaccination than rates of migration, even if there has been an increase in migrant apprehensions in the last few months.
Right-wing politicians have made a serious of false or misleading claims, blaming migrants for the increase in covid rates. See Austin-American Statements Article. The reality is, these claims are common in history. The Smithsonian released an interesting article, showcasing how this is anything but new. Immigrants have consistently taken the brunt of the blame, being used as scapegoats by those in power. See Smithsonian Article.
When we can recognize that even if migrants are contributing to covid cases, they are not the primary cause of the disturbing increase in cases, we remain more connected with reality. When we understand how history repeats itself, and that right-wing politicians are exploiting their constituents to create distractions and blame an easily-blamable group, we are less likely to fall for the BS. Please do your part and encourage others to get vaccinated, since that has been the true cause of the increase in cases.
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