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Former CBP leader joins hate group, officially

Recall that as the previous president’s pick at the time to lead the ICE agency, Mark claimed during a Fox News interview with frozen fish heir and white supremacist sympathizer Tucker Carlson in 2019 that he could look deep into the eyes of an asylum-seeking child while in U.S. custody and tell if they’d become a gang member. There’s no telling if Mark actually tried this, because ICE lies all time, and a lot.

I’ve been to detention facilities where I’ve walked up to these individuals that are so-called minors, 17 or under,” Morgan told Carlson, Politico reported at the time. Note the “so-called” wording. Because apparently it’s the asylum-seeking child who’s not to be trusted, not the former president who lied literally tens of thousands of times. “I’ve looked at them and I’ve looked at their eyes, Tucker—and I’ve said that is a soon-to-be MS-13 gang member,” he continued. “It’s unequivocal.” I mean, fucking yikes.

But just as fucking yikes is that even after the past five years of anti-immigrant bullshit spewed from the White House on down and back up and back down again, major media outlets have continued quoting anti-immigrant hate groups like FAIR and CIS on President Joe Biden’s immigration plans as if they’re legitimate organizations. They. Are. Not. 

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So FAIR is likely giddy at having Mark onboard, where they’ll try to take advantage of his former government job titles and such. Hey look, we have a former CBP and ICE official onboard. Quote us! Take us seriously! Let us share our barely disguised racist views on policy with your readers. But that facade of legitimacy depends on how much mainstream media takes it seriously, and the past couple weeks have seen outlets like the Associated Press, NBC, Bloomberg, and NPR helping FAIR in its effort. Can we please do better?

Immigrant rights advocacy groups like America’s Voice have also noted mainstream media echoing right-wing sensationalism about asylum-seeking families at the border. “We get it. The Trumpy right wing is praying for chaos under Biden and desperate to avoid a media narrative that blames Trump for the chaos,” founder Frank Sharry said. “What we don’t get is why some in the mainstream media are running with this narrative.”

“There have been upticks and downticks of border arrivals for decades,” Sharry continued. “Some of it has to do with push factors in countries of origin, and some of it has to do with U.S. policies. But with respect to U.S. policies, it seems four years of Trump and Miller might account for more of what is happening—or may happen—than three weeks of the Biden administration.” 




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