The vilification of immigrants and immigration has sadly become a recurring pattern in right-wing politics — from then-candidate Donald Trump’s golden escalator campaign announcement in 2015 to the “Muslim ban” and family separation — but it has reached new and shockingly cynical depths in recent weeks as the governors of several states have used vulnerable migrants themselves as political pawns.
American Oversight has been investigating. Last month, we began sending records requests to officials in Texas and Arizona seeking information about the migrant relocation effort. So far, we’ve already uncovered Arizona’s contract with a bus operator — and in light of this week’s developments, our investigation will continue and expand.
The Partisanship of John Durham’s Investigation
Even as one political stunt ramps up, another is apparently winding down. John Durham, the prosecutor appointed under the Trump administration to run a counter investigation to the Mueller probe, will reportedly complete a final report this year. Shortly after Robert Mueller wrapped up his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, Attorney General William Barr announced a new inquiry — one led by Durham that would examine the origins of Mueller’s investigation.
The Conservative Groups Who Funded the Arizona “Audit”
Records we previously obtained, reported on by Grid News, show the American Voting Rights Foundation (AVRF) — one of many organizations that channeled money to different efforts associated with the Big Lie — helped fund the Arizona Senate’s partisan “audit.”
Part of Investigation: