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Ron DeSantis’ horrific political stunt serves as a reminder that Republican policy is no longer about getting results, but about satisfying the most vile impulses of MAGA voters.

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Intention matters

I’m from Massachusetts, but I’ve never been to Martha’s Vineyard. I now live off the coast of Rhode Island, less than 100 miles from vineyards, so Ron DeSantis’ stupid and brutal attempt to dump humans on the island during the off-season is local to me The story – but it comes with important national lessons.

Apparently, the Florida governor’s cartoon assumption is that the Liberty Bay state congressman is as racist as the Republican MAGA base voters he’s trying to reach, and they’ll justify it with an angry reaction when a bunch of Latinos show up on their doorstep (He even sent a videographer, hoping to catch the steam the Vineyarders got.) This odd miscalculation probably didn’t help DeSantis much. In politics, as journalist Josh Marshall put it this morning, “sometimes weird is worse than wrong.” In any case, the show ended in failure: Locals fed and sheltered immigrants and sent locals Students in high school AP Spanish classes serve as translators.

I’m proud of how my fellow New Englanders responded to DeSantis’ stupid bragging rights. However, I consider myself an immigration hawk. I’m the grandson of immigrants from both sides of my family, and I cherish and celebrate immigration – but I also believe in law and order. I’m a young conservative working in Washington, and I cringed when Ronald Reagan signed the Simpson-Mazzoli Act, a 1986 amnesty that was supposed to solve most of our immigration problems. During the Obama administration, I gritted my teeth and, in my opinion, another amnesty was imminent.

(I’m also one of those people who thinks the term “undocumented immigrant” is Orwellian nonsense. The term is meant to elicit sympathy by implying that a person breaking US law simply lacks documentation. We can welcome people at the border , we can identify who needs asylum, we can fight human trafficking — we can do all of these things without using words. But that’s an argument for another day.)

At times, my frustrations with illegal immigration led me to take some pretty hard-line views, and I’d even say that by the early 2000s, I had become radical on the issue. As my colleague David Frum wrote in 2019:

Agitators do not rise by talking about irrelevant issues. Agitators rise by talking about issues that matter to people that more traditional leaders seem unwilling or unable to address: unemployment in the 1930s, crime in the 1960s, mass immigration now.

I’m still very fierce about border security: In 2019, I yelled at the TV during the Democratic presidential primary debate when Julián Castro talked about making unauthorized border crossings legal Angry at the idea that countries cannot make laws about their own borders. I guess that makes me a little bit like a Democrat today in 1996, when the party platform said, “We must maintain the rule of law. We cannot tolerate illegal immigration, we must Stop it… Washington speaks tough but doesn’t act. In 1992 our borders were better off non-existent.”

But DeSantis and Donald Trump convinced me not to support tougher policies. Why? Because intent matters. A policy implemented by a sadist is not a policy. It’s cheap political gratification disguised as policy that always does more harm than good.

Trump’s horrific separation of children is a case study of hate policy. When the Trump administration took office in 2017, it locked in a truth about illegal immigration: Sending families with babies and children back to their home countries is difficult for a number of reasons. Children are blameless, even if the traffickers who brought them and their parents to America are not.

Previous governments have detained and deported many of them.But as my colleague Caitlin Dickerson has shown in detail, the Trump administration is filled with a group of immoral and cowardly appointees who decide to stop illegal immigration by separating children from their parents, deliberately Pain for parents and children a deterrent in itself. This policy is not only cruel, but also very incompetently enforced, with no real plan to reunite these families.

Here we go again. Who came up with the idea of ​​letting immigrants fly around the country? Is this because Tallahassee has thought deeply about our immigration issues? Or is it because some Fox hosts might brag about having these libraries by sending immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard?

As it turns out, Fox chief blogger Tucker Carlson, came up with the idea in July.DeSantis, one of America’s thirstiest politicians, apparently saw an opportunity, so Florida taxpayers ended up paying people to send people – some of whom appear to be our asylum seekers should Hospitality – from Texas to Massachusetts. According to immigration attorneys who assist with immigration cases, someone (I think someone who worked with DeSantis or Texas Gov. Greg Abbott) appears to have lied to the 50-person group to lure Getting them on a plane, saying they’ll get a “surprise” with jobs and homes awaiting them – especially annoying in an already vomit-like industry.

I am against illegal immigration. But I am more against deliberately torturing other people – especially children. If my choice was the current mess or an immigration system run by ruthless opportunists like Ron DeSantis – a man dancing on chains and Tucker Carlson ) is rocking a racist street organ – that’s not even close: I’ll stick to what we have. I would never support anything in any way that would risk handing power to someone like DeSantis or his MAGA base.

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Speaking of local stories, yesterday, Boston Globe Interview with a man accused of murdering James “White” Bulger in prison.Bulger has been one of Boston’s most feared thugs for decades — and, in a twisted ending, deserves a movie inspired by his exploits (such as deceased and black mass), an FBI informant.

Boston, despite being a center of learning and culture, seems to transcend its importance as a crime movie location. Their grandfathers are classics that every generation should relive: friend of eddie coyle. This 1973 film, based on the 1970 novel by legendary Boston novelist (and former prosecutor) George V. Higgins, stars an aging Robert Mitchum and a young Peter Boyle. The plot isn’t all that complicated: it’s a noir study of a dirty ball in a dirty world. But it captures the post-industrial gray squalor of Massachusetts where I grew up, and while it’s not uplifting, it’s far more realistic than watching Jack Nicholson try to chew his way through a Boston accent.

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