2018-06-20

AT (After Trump): Fighting Disinformation on The Immigrant Child Separation at the Border (MotherWise)


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The disinformation campaign aimed at gullible right-wingers is a serious issue. Republicans on my page, on social media, in the comments of news articles are all repeating the same false information regarding the new border policy.
This is brainwashing, and it is successful. This is what happens when all credible news sources are called “fake news” by the White House, while the actual fake news is steadily consumed by right-wingers.
They keep saying “Well they shouldn’t come here illegally.” FALSE. Asylum-seekers are NOT HERE ILLEGALLY. Learn about asylum before trying to talk about this issue.
They keep saying “Clinton and Obama did this too.” FALSE. The policy of changing the penalty from a misdemeanor to 6 months to 2 years of prison time is NEW. It is implemented by Trump. Unaccompanied minors who crossed the border were previously detained and then released to family in the US. That is NOT the same policy as Trump’s new policy of arresting parents and taking their children. That’s why everyone “suddenly cares” — because it’s different and worse than before.
They keep saying “It’s easy to come here legally, they should just do it the legal way.” FALSE. It can take decades and thousands of dollars to come here legally. People fleeing violent war-torn regions often do not have those resources. It is not easy nor cheap, and the process needs to be changed. Learn extensively about immigration before trying to talk about this issue.
They keep saying “My ancestors came here legally, if they can do it, anyone can.” FALSE. None of us white folks are here legally, because we are on stolen land. Indigenous people — the rightful owners of this land — did not create these laws. Plus, immigration laws have changed drastically since Ellis Island. It’s similar to when baby boomers say “I bought a house on minimum wage, you can too!” Yes, Susan, things have changed since then.
They keep saying “These children are being taken care of! It’s like summer camp! It’s only temporary.” FALSE. There is no plan for reuniting these undocumented people. Read it again: THERE IS NO PLAN for getting these children back to their parents. It’s not like summer camp because there is no summer camp during which children are stolen from their parents with no plan to return them.
The general disinformation campaign has been happening since before Trump was put into power, but it has increased sharply since then. The goal is to create a compliant group of non-critical-thinkers who believe everything they’re told, without ever seeking to verify facts or sources.
Popular conservative news site The Drudge Report recently used a photo of Syrian children holding guns, pretended they were immigrant children trying to enter the US, and used it as propaganda to support Trump’s agenda. This is literal FAKE NEWS. But their followers won’t think twice about it and won’t try to check the source. Because critical thinking is dead for them. Fake news reigns. To the detriment of us all.

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