Two mass shooting in a span of 21 hours. Two acts of terrorism and two violent demonstrations of hatred. The two states, Texas and Ohio where these two incidents took place are run by the Trump Republicans. The President called them acts of cowardice. The governor blamed mental illness and violent games, but the reality was once again ignored. The victims were innocent people, male, female, children, whites and nonwhites and those who spread hatred against innocent people were none other than the ones entrusted with the responsibility of protecting the nation.
With hateful speeches against Blacks, Hispanics, Muslims, people with leftist ideas, etc and with guns available in abundance, the possibility of attacks on vulnerable groups by hate mongers and their supporters always exist. On August 3 and 4, this possibility became a reality. The finger is pointed to the man who holds the highest office in the land, Trump. The President, since he assumed the office, has spoken words or issued statements in the form of tweets that incite hatred against anyone who does not share his views, and who challenges his softness towards white nationalists and supremacists. In Texas, the shooter, who walked into a Walmart in El Paso and opened fire on shoppers and employees, had a manifesto on his web page that described his action a response to the Invasion of Texas.
He wrote, “They are instigators not me as I am simply defending my country from cultural and ethnic replacement brought by an invasion. The shooter also wrote that he was disgusted with race-mixing and diversity in general and he held Democrats primarily responsible for that. He wrote that Mexican immigrants are a threat to the job market aIn the document, Hispanic people are denounced as “invaders.” The writer expresses disgust with “race-mixing” and diversity in general and blames Democrats, Republicans and “Corporate America” for continued immigration into the U.S. It claims Mexican immigrants are a threat to the job market, and accuses them of attempting to take over Texas. Referring to second and third-generation Mexican Americans, he argued that they should be sent back.
This is no different than what Trump and other Republican leaders have said by joining the chorus send them back in reference to four Congresswomen Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), a Somali American immigrant, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (Mass.)
The country has some over 11 million unauthorized persons of which 7.5 million are from Mexico and Central America. Seven millions of them are employed, mostly in construction and accommodation services.
The Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy estimates that unauthorized immigrants paid a total of $11.7 billion in state and local taxes in 2014, the most recent year of data, according to their 2017 report. Of which, $7 billion were paid in sales taxes and excise taxes, paid on specific items like gas sales and vehicle registrations. These workers contribute the most tax dollars to states with the largest populations: California, Texas, and New York. Other states that benefit the most from their tax money are Florida, Georgia, Texas, North Carolina, and Arizona.
The target of President’s hate is directed towards non-white immigrants especially those coming from Latin American countries. The number of Asians is about 1.8 million and the Europeans are .8 million. The President calls them illegal intruders, even though such people try to enter the US through checkpoints under the provision of the asylum seeker.
The president’s hatred against immigrants has motivated anti-immigrant sentiments among white nationalists who now deem it their responsibility to rid the country of all such people. It is believed that there are some 1050 white supremacist hate groups in the country. In Ohio, their number is 36 and in Texas 73. White supremacist groups focus on the inferiority of nonwhites and they include groups such as Ku Klux Klan, neo-Confederate, neo-Nazi, racist skinhead, and Christian Identity. Experts believe that the country is heading towards a race war.