Editorial cartoons from September 26, 2021: Texas migrant crisis, Democratic internal struggles, debt limit showdown


More than 15,000 Haitian migrants converged under a highway bridge in Del Rio, Texas, creating another crisis for President Joe Biden. Editorial cartoonists took to the mixed messages from Washington: Welcome and go home.

Critics seized on images of immigration officers on horseback grappling with migrants harshly. Immigration advocates said the administration was wrong to deport asylum seekers without a hearing. At the end of the week, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced that the bridge had been cleared.

Biden also tried to save his national agenda as Democrats in Congress fought over an infrastructure bill and Republicans said they would not agree to raise or suspend the debt ceiling, which will be reached in mid-October. On the foreign policy front, Biden angered France, our oldest ally, by making a deal to supply Australia with nuclear submarines in partnership with the UK.

Cartoonists also commented on resistance to the Covid-19 vaccine, comparing refusals to shipwreck survivors fleeing lifeboats; the ethics of giving Americans booster shots, as people in many low-income countries have not yet received their first dose; the reopening of air travel to vaccinated Europeans; Biden speaking at the United Nations General Assembly; the iron fist regime of the Taliban in Afghanistan; Space X’s “ego-tourism”; and the largely maskless Emmy Awards.

The cartoons were drawn by Nick Anderson, Bill Bramhall, Dana Summers, Drew Sheneman, Scott Stantis, Walt Handelsman, David Horsey, Phil Hands, Joel Pett and Joey Weatherford of Tribune Content Agency; and AF Branco, Mike Luckovich and Michael Ramirez of Creators Syndicate.

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