Right-wing provocateur Ann Coulter seemed to suggest Monday that the United States shoot migrants at the border in the same way Israelis had shot Palestinian rioters in Gaza.
What: “Can we do that?” Coulter wrote on Twitter, linking to a New York Times article about Israeli troops killing at least 58 Palestinian who were rioting near the border of Israel and the Gaza Strip earlier in the day. Meanwhile, the United States Embassy was formally relocated to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, on the 70th anniversary of the formation of Israel.
It was not the first time Coulter, who has long been a harsh critic of illegal immigration, has suggested shooting migrants trying to enter the United States without authorization. In an April interview with radio program "Right Wing Watch," Coulter suggested it would send a warning.
“I mean, unless they’re going to shoot one and send a message to the rest,” Coulter told host Lars Larson. “If you shoot one to encourage the others, maybe they’ll learn, but otherwise, we’ll see, we’ll see.”
Why: With President Donald Trump's administration pushing a strict immigration regime, the debate over who should be let into the country has become supercharged in American politics. Some right-wingers, including Trump, have used nativist and downright xenophobic rhetoric to advance their policy prescriptions.
For their part, liberals have responded with outrage. However, some have argued it is worth recognizing the legitimate concerns at stake which until recently were shared by many Democrats and liberals, who sought to protect the American worker.
For example, shortly after launching his presidential campaign in 2015, Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, deemed the idea of "sharply" increasing the amount of immigration permitted to the United States a corporate scheme, or "a Koch brothers proposal." After facing harsh criticism from the left, he largely steered clear of the issue.