After reading this piece in the Mexico Daily News titled, "TX governor Greg Abbott declares ‘invasion’ of migrants at US-Mexico border" and then coming across this one, I felt even more convinced than I already was that the purpose actually IS to incite anger, anxiety and dread on people who look like me.
I'm in the count of campaign ads making me feel as though “people do not want me here in the United States.” I would even say that these external political pressures have formed me as a person and advocate.
I am in full agreement that anger, anxiety and dread are important responses for studies to track in light of voluminous social science research, including my own, that finds a deep sense of alienation and not belonging when discriminated against. Much of this gets manifest structurally in limited opportunities, poorly-funded schools, disparate achievement on standardized test scores, uninspiring curricula, not being represented in either the presence of teachers of color, culturally enriching materials, and the everyday politics of dismissiveness.
I hope and pray that someday soon, what's happening along the U.S.-Mexico border gets framed as the humanitarian crisis that it is and that relations with our neighbors to the south get normalized so that we can enjoy greater peace and positive inter- and well as intra-group relations.
Getting there requires our leadership to address the root causes of migration that reside back home whether it be Mexico, Haiti, Venezuela, Honduras, and so on. It involves ethical partnerships, equitable policies, an infusion of material resources to promote development in weaker Central and South American countries, expanding human rights, and binational institution building.
Instead, immigrants get casually objectified and regularly dehumanized, treated like political piñatas as part of the gamesmanship of politics today. What we need is good and effective leadership that will lead the way forward with a progressive vision the "huddled masses yearning to breathe free" without which we must sustain this oppression that has literally weighed on us for decades.
As we approach the November election Americans are overwhelmed with the amount of campaign ads flooding their television and social media feeds. It is estimated that by election day over $9.7 billion will have been spent on campaign ads. Between January 6, 2021, and August 7, 2022, 2 million ads aired on national television alone.