Right here’s a bit a part of the trade that led to Crenshaw’s look on Hasan’s present.
Hasan opened the interview by ensuring to ask Crenshaw whether or not or not he accepted the outcomes of the 2020 election, and the Biden administration’s legitimacy. It’s a good query, contemplating what number of members of Crenshaw’s Grand Previous Celebration appear unable to seek out the braveness to make such a easy assertion. Crenshaw did agree that Joe Biden was the duly elected president. He’s obtained that going for him! Then Hasan opened the talk by first declaring that the information reveals the Biden administration “inherited” rising numbers of immigrants in search of refuge in our nation from the Trump administration. This, in fact, will not be the narrative being pushed by the GOP, which needs its base to consider that Donald Trump fastened immigration by being inhumane and now that Biden is in workplace, everyone seems to be coming to our southern border and being allowed to steal all your jobs, site visitors all your youngsters, and begin gangs.
Crenshaw started the best way individuals with out information start. “Yeah, I’m unsure the place you’re getting your information from,” he responded, going into the anecdotal data he has heard from “migrants” saying “Joe BIden invited them.” Crenshaw then stipulated that Biden’s reversal of Trump-era insurance policies, together with “actually importantly [sic], the asylum cooperative agreements with northern triangle international locations” is the true drawback. This pressured Hasan to really feel the need to unpack a collection of falsehoods that Crenshaw opened with. The primary is to clarify that the information Mehdi Hasan confirmed Crenshaw was compiled by the American Immigration Council utilizing Customs and Border Safety (CBP) information. This information reveals that the will increase in immigration-related apprehensions at our southern border have been happening for 9 months. For these of you doing the heavy-duty math at dwelling, Joe Biden took workplace about two months in the past.
Crenshaw, a one-trick pony, responds by making an attempt to say Hasan is denying the current surge in numbers since Biden’s election—one thing that Hasan will not be denying. Crenshaw’s transfer right here permits him to later pull a clip of him saying that, with zero context, which is able to then be utilized by Crenshaw and different proper wing echo chambers to say the interviewer was biased and untruthful.
Then Hasan confirmed Dan Crenshaw video of … Dan Crenshaw … from an entire week earlier than, saying that Joe Biden was not deporting individuals and was winking at potential asylum seekers and immigrants, secretly telling them to create a Republican-inspired fever dream caravan. Hasan factors out that greater than 70% of “individuals making an attempt entry alongside the Southwest border,” of our nation have certainly been deported away from the U.S. Crenshaw says he didn’t say that. The factor he simply watched himself say, on display, he stated … he didn’t say. This was from per week in the past. He has the identical goddamn haircut.
Then Crenshaw tried to pivot to saying that particular person adults aren’t the issue, they normally get deported (one thing he claimed within the clip wasn’t taking place in fact), it’s the youngsters and their households which might be the issue. Crenshaw then tries to tout the northern triangle cooperative settlement between Trump, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras however Hassan cuts him off, ensuring Crenshaw is aware of that we are going to get to addressing that idiotic coverage. However first, let’s make Crenshaw squirm by asking him to confess that the lies and rhetoric he and other people like Republican Voldermort Kevin McCarthy of California are telling the general public are certainly factually incorrect.
Crenshaw tries to clarify how information aren’t information as a result of there are secret influxes of 1000’s of immigrants sneaking by means of the cracks that don’t present up on the very fact sheets. It’s the most effective form of “information” the Republican get together has as of late: unverifiable statements of truth. Actually, regardless that ICE and the CBP have had their price range greater than double within the final 12 years, to virtually $5 billion, ICE is pressured to feed and take care of and drive round all of those immigrant households, as an alternative of patrolling our borders. I assume they aren’t in a position to do their jobs as inhumanely as individuals like Crenshaw and others would really like.
Hasan then strikes onto a extra delicate drawback for the Republican Celebration: Unaccompanied minors. Trump’s administration has used the Title 42 CDC Order, a public well being initiative, to disclaim 1000’s of asylum seekers refuge, underneath the guise of COVID-19 prevention. Whereas this inhumane act has been denounced by nearly everybody to the left of Donald Trump, Joe Biden has disappointingly but to finish it. Courts will proceed to seek out the legislation unlawful as it’s an virtually unattainable hurdle to beat for asylum seekers and flies within the face of most attorneys (together with Vice President Kamala Harris) understanding of our Structure and the powers of the Government.
From there, Crenshaw defined that Trump expelled unaccompanied minors in essentially the most humane approach doable. They had been all “meticulously” placed on constitution flights and handed over to their households, in response to Crenshaw. The lie right here is the self-esteem that oldsters are sending their youngsters to the border out of desperation—or within the conservative thoughts, out of some Machiavellian ploy to stay off of American welfare—however are additionally simply ready at an airport in Honduras or El Salvador or Guatemala for his or her youngsters’s return if issues don’t work out. It’s a really twisted logic that each claims that these households are so reckless that they’re prepared to offer their youngsters over to “drug cartels” and “smugglers,” and human traffickers, but in addition so loving as to be prepared for his or her little one to be chartered again to them safely by ICE.
Crenshaw went again to an outdated debunked declare he made in 2019 that upwards of 90 p.c of asylum claims weren’t “legitimate asylum” claims. Hasan identified that Crenshaw’s declare was bullshit, however Crenshaw has tried to argue the validity of his assertion primarily based on former Legal professional Basic Jeff Periods comparable claims from 2018. The character of Periods’ claims are solely true in the event you agree on Jeff Periods’ standards for asylum in search of which appear to solely be, you’re white and you’re actually on hearth whenever you present up at an border station.
However Crenshaw’s prattle about that is all in service of the magical resolution for asylum seekers that he says the Trump administration labored out with their triangle cooperation coverage whereas asylum seekers are taken again to the nation they’re in search of asylum from, after which allowed to use for asylum from these international locations. Attempt to not suppose too exhausting about that catch-22, you would possibly end up voting for Marjorie Taylor-Greene in the event you work that logic out. Hasan asks Crenshaw what number of of those legal-by-Crenshaw’s-estimation asylum seekers, utilizing this magical resolution Crenshaw is selling as coverage, have been granted asylum?
Crenshaw hems and haws a bit, saying he doesn’t have the statistics on him. Hasan makes certain he understands that the reply to what number of asylum seekers, despatched again to their nation of origin to use for asylum by the use of this legendary settlement between the U.S. and their host nation is … “zero.” As in none. Not a single one.
What Hasan is referring to is the easy proven fact that of the 945 asylum seekers the Trump administration despatched to Guatemala with the general public promise that they might have the ability to “legally” apply for asylum within the U.S. for them, solely 34 had been even in a position to start the appliance course of. In keeping with a Washington Publish report, of these 34, “16 deserted their instances,” whereas the remaining purposes haven’t obtained a choice from the U.S. concerning their possibilities for asylum. That makes the variety of asylum seekers who’ve efficiently obtained what conservatives take into account a “authorized” asylum in america, zero. This settlement, signed off on by Trump and his military of bigots has additionally been utilized to Honduras and El Salvador—although these two international locations have but to start the plan because of the international COVID-19 pandemic. Which implies that these two international locations have additionally been in a position to get asylum for zero individuals.
There has been a surge in migrant “apprehensions” on the U.S.-Mexico border since Joe Biden took workplace. That is what the Republican Celebration has latched onto as their solely speaking level that mimics a coverage. In fact, it is very important observe that the largest surge on the border came about over Might of 2019, effectively into Donald Trump’s inhumane and nugatory immigration coverage. You won’t have realized this because it didn’t get the conservative media protection that the faux “caravan” obtained the earlier yr—regardless that there have been considerably greater numbers of immigrants being documented at our nation’s southern border.
The Donald Trump administration did little or no to finish undocumented immigration into our nation. What Republicans did do, one thing that Crenshaw willfully ignored through the interview, was curb the one authorized immigration into our nation. It’s the right instance of a political ploy by a xenophobic set of pursuits.
Crenshaw could have the revered army distinction of being a former Navy SEAL, however his current political historical past is something however respectable. It is a man who the Republican Celebration has labored very exhausting to fabricate the phantasm of populism round. Throwing numerous cash behind a public relations marketing campaign to obfuscate the reality that Crenshaw solely has an elected place due to the tortured gerrymandering performed by the GOP to his district. Like his Republican cohorts Crenshaw has acted cowardly when introduced with the information of his involvement in shady character assaults on different former veterans.
Like many of the new breed of Republican politician, each time he seems in public, not on the propaganda channel like Fox Information or OANN he comes throughout at finest an ill-informed, and at worst, like the remainder of the corrupt management he’s attempting to place a contemporary face on.
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