2 Years After El Paso Massacre Of Latinos, Anti-Immigrant Sentiment Festers

Two years ago this week, a gunman in El Paso, Texas, killed 23 people in a Walmart — most of them Latino.

Aug 3, 2021: El Paso, Texas, is remembering the lives lost when a gunman opened fire inside a Walmart two years ago. But years later, political tensions over immigration persist. An article in the Dallas Morning News dives into the issue and highlights the expansion of gun laws in the state. María Ramos Pacheco, one of the authors of the story, joins CBSN with more.

The white man charged with murder allegedly told police he drove 11 hours to the U.S.-Mexico border city with the intention of targeting Mexicans. He reportedly complained about a “Hispanic invasion” of Texas and warned that the U.S. was in the process of a “cultural and ethnic replacement.”


That language echoes the writing of an infamous and influential white nationalist who died at age 85 just weeks before the El Paso massacre. John Tanton was an eye doctor from northern Michigan, but he was better known to some as “the architect of the modern anti-immigrant movement.”

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd speaks with Mark Potok of the Center for Analysis of the Radical Right.


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