GOP Immigration Message Embraces Fringe ‘Invasion’ Rhetoric

Advocates worry the rhetoric will inspire another tragedy like the mass shooting in the El Paso Walmart.

GOP Immigration Message Embraces Fringe ‘Invasion’ Rhetoric

While the idea of an “invasion” was confined to the fringes of the immigration debate only a few years ago, in Republican primary races this year, the narrative has moved squarely into the mainstream, reports NPR. The word has appeared in campaign ads for Republicans like Gov. Brian Kemp in Georgia, Sen. Rick Scott in Florida, Blake Masters, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Arizona, and Kari Lake, who’s locked in a close race in the Republican primary for governor in Arizona.

Advocates worry the invasion rhetoric will inspire another tragedy like the mass shooting in the El Paso Walmart — or the shooting earlier this year in Buffalo, where the man suspected of killing 10 Black people was also motivated by the replacement theory.