November 16, 2022

This morning, despite earlier denials that this was indeed his plan, Greg Abbott, the wizened little nominal governor of Texas, dropped a busload of immigrants in my city this morning. Via the Philadelphia Inquirer:

A bus carrying about 38 immigrants sent from Texas pulled up outside 30th Street Station in the cool fog of Wednesday morning. The bus was sent by Gov. Greg Abbott in what he said was an effort to bring the challenges of the border to northern cities.

Immigration advocates in Philadelphia called the bus ride a cruel trick played on innocent people who are legally in the United States.

These little dropoffs are part of the mean frat boy mentality that permeats the Republican party. "Oh look, let's dump these people on the liberals! Ha ha, aren't we clever?" (They're the kind of people who think it's normal to haze high school football players by shoving broomsticks up their ass, but that's another story.)

It's what people who don't know how to govern do instead of the hard work of solving problems. God willing, this will come back to bite him in the ass -- because after all, this is Philadelphia:

“Time and time again, immigrants are used as tokens to advance the political agendas of individuals who have no interest in our communities’ wellbeing,” said Juntos advocacy group executive director Erika Guadalupe Núñez. “Governor Abbott’s busing efforts serve as a ploy to wreak social discord and spread misinformation over the human right to seek asylum and what it means to be a Welcoming City. We will not be fooled by his efforts.”

Mayor Jim Kenney pledged the arrivals would be treated with dignity and respect, and shared a “How you can help” briefing, which can be read here. “It’s disgusting that Gov. Abbott’s administration continues to implement their purposefully cruel policy using immigrant families as political pawns,” the mayor said Tuesday.

F*ck Greg Abbott. Oh yeah, and f*ck the Astros. See you next year, assh*les.

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