Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Warns of Immigrant “Invasion,” Mirroring Language Used by El Paso Shooter

In Pennsylvania, immigrant rights advocates welcomed a second bus of asylum seekers to Philadelphia sent by Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott. Abbott says Texas has bused a total of over 13,000 asylum seekers to “sanctuary cities,” including Washington, D.C., and New York. Since Abbott was reelected in November, he’s intensified his hate speech against immigrants, recently comparing the arrival of thousands of asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border to an “invasion.” It’s the same term used repeatedly by the white supremacist gunman charged with killing 23 people at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, in 2019 — the deadliest attack on the Latinx community in modern U.S. history.


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