In the most dangerous and destructive use of the anti-immigrant Big Lie yet, two Trump-supporting Republican governors whose states have the worst Covid-19 infection rates in the nation because of their own denial and refusal to take effective action against the pandemic are now falsely blaming immigrants at the US border for "importing" the disease.

As a direct result of the refusal of Governors Ron DeSantis of Florida and Greg Abbott of Texas to take necessary steps to control the spread of the dangerous Delta variant of Covid-19, such as requiring wearing masks in the schools, the pandemic is raging in their two states. Instead of trying to control it, the two governors are using the pandemic to support their racist anti-immigrant agenda.

The Guardian reports as follows on August 12:

"As the Delta variant drives a fresh surge of Covid-19 cases in the US, some of Joe Biden's most high-profile and ambitious critics on the right are pushing a false narrative, to blame the president's policies at the US-Mexico border, which will allow some migrants to enter the country to apply for asylum.

Florida's Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, who has warned schools they could have their funding cut if they mandate mask-wearing, accused Biden of "helping to facilitate" the spread of the coronavirus.

And Texas's Republican governor, Greg Abbott, who has tried to ban masks in schools and stop aid organizations transporting migrants, talked of the "importation of Covid-19" by migrants. Many hospitals in both states are overwhelmed and vaccination rates are relatively low."

The Guardian then goes on to state the truth about the spread of Covid-19.

"In contrast, public health experts pin the Delta surge in the US overwhelmingly on unvaccinated US residents, not migrants, and the trickle of people without entry papers who are admitted are generally tested for Covid-19 and given hotel room to quarantine if they test positive."

The same paper also reports:

"The number of arriving migrants is far too small to be driving the enormous increase in cases across the US, said Dr. Joseph McCormick, a professor at the University of Texas and former CDC epidemiologist, even including people who evade CBP controls and enter the US without the authorities' knowledge."

To be fair, Governor DeSantis is now urging Floridians to get vaccinated. But he has stopped short of requiring vaccinations in any circumstances and is actively trying to prevent the schools from requiring face masks for their returning children.

How many American citizens in Florida and Texas will die unnecessarily because of their governors' use of Covid -19 as an opportunity to spread yet another Big Lie in pursuit of a racist anti-immigrant agenda, instead of protecting the residents of their state?

As the father of a daughter in Florida who is now trying to recover from Covid-19 contracted because of her refusal to get vaccinated, and as the grandfather of a boy who recovered after contracting Covid-19 in his Florida school earlier this year, I also have a personal reason for asking this question.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law
Harvard College A.B.
Harvard Law School LL.B