Right-wing media outlets and personalities have been sending fundraising emails using the white nationalist trope that undocumented immigrants are invading the United States through its southern border. The emails have also said that “the Left has launched an all out war on America’s sovereignty,” claimed that undocumented immigration is “quintessentially barbarian,” and praised President Donald Trump for being the “only one standing up to do anything about it.”
The claim that undocumented immigrants are invading the United States has been a white nationalist trope for years. Its toxic use has escalated under Trump’s presidency and was recently echoed in the rhetoric of the alleged mass shooter who killed at least 22 people on August 3 in El Paso, TX.
Media Matters documented that Facebook allowed Trump’s reelection campaign to run over 2,000 ads that referred to immigration as an “invasion” between January and February of this year. Nine other Republican politicians have also run Facebook ads using the invasion rhetoric in the last year. Fox News personalities also frequently fearmonger about an immigrant “invasion” and push the white supremacist “great replacement” theory.