The Republican Party Invents New Threat: Election Fraud by Undocumented Immigrants

In the same campaign ad, Mr. Vance goes on to say that Mr. Biden’s immigration policy also meant “more Democratic voters coming to this country,” explicitly stating that unauthorized immigrants are crossing and gaining access to the ballot. to support the left.

Trump himself made that false claim in 2017, claiming without evidence that between three and five million unauthorized immigrants had voted for Hillary Clinton. But the idea that immigrants, and specifically Latinos, enter the country illegally to vote Democrat has been a fringe trope on the right for years, said Mike Madrid, a Republican political consultant and co-founder of the Lincoln Project.

The difference is that purveyors of the idea have become much more “blatant and open,” he said. “It’s all part of this sense of an invasion and America lost and that the Democrats are trying to steal the election.”

The rhetoric about immigration began to heat up last year amid an influx of asylum seekers and migrants from Haiti, Guatemala and Honduras. In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott and local officials described illegal immigration as an “invasion” as Abbott revealed plans to finish Trump’s border wall.

It only intensifies with the midterm campaign season. Since January, Republican candidates in 18 states have run ads that mention the border and criticize illegal immigration, including Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan, according to AdImpact, which tracks ad spending. In the same period in 2018, that number was just six, with the majority of ads running in Texas.

At least one ad warns of an “invasion,” and others have echoes of the “great replacement” trope, a racist conspiracy theory that falsely claims that black and brown immigrants are being used by elites to replace whites in the United States. .

In Alabama, a Governor Kay Ivey’s re-election announcement shows a photo of Latinos at a border crossing wearing white t-shirts with the Biden campaign logo and the words “Please let us in.” If Biden continues to “send” unauthorized immigrants to the United States, Americans could soon be forced to learn Spanish, Ivey says, adding: “No way, José.”

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