If there’s one thing the Trump administration has a knack for, it’s designing increasingly heinous plans to whip up support among the president’s racist supporters. As this presidency bounces from one incoherent agenda item to the next, the pulsating racism is the only real constant. It launched Trump into the Oval Office and he’s betting that it will keep him there.
Now, Politico is reporting that officials in the Florida counties of Broward and Palm Beach have been informed by the federal government that there are plans to release hundreds of undocumented immigrant families each month into the two communities, without anything in place to provide food or shelter for them.
The release operation will have no specified end date and is a blatant attempt on the part of the administration to weaponize immigrants and engender hatred towards them. At the same time, it allows the GOP to foist the responsibility for caring for these immigrants onto Democrats. Trump and his cronies want to use struggling families as pawns in their vile machinations, reducing real living people to props.
“The blatant politics, sending them to the two most Democratic Counties in the state of Florida, is ridiculous,” said Democratic State Senator Gary Farmer.
Democratic State Representative Evan Jenne is also opposed to the mass release plan and condemned it as “fiscal punishment” but says that Broward County will do everything it can to help any migrants who end up getting released there.
“He has been threatening this for a while, and I’m sure his voters will think it’s a great idea. We will do what we can to help them, I’m sure with no help from the federal government,” said Jenne, displaying the compassion that is so notably missing from the Trump administration.
Broward County’s Democratic Mayor Mark Bogen echoed Jenne’s sentiments:
“This is a humanitarian crisis. We will do everything possible to help these people. If the President will not provide us with financial assistance to house and feed these people, he will be creating a homeless encampment.”
Bogen also suggested, perhaps in a tongue-in-cheek fashion, that Trump-owned properties should be used to shelter the released migrants.
“In my opinion, the people that we can’t find shelter for and will become homeless, I would suggest that we bring them to the Trump hotels and ask the President to open his heart and home as well,” said Bogen.
The administration’s plan makes two things abundantly clear: Trump sees undocumented immigrants as less than people, and he cares only about pandering to Republican voters. He is all too happy to penalize Democrats, a mark of stunning partisanship unmatched by any previous presidents.