“Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday flew two planes of immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, escalating a tactic by Republican governors to draw attention to what they consider to be the Biden administration’s failed border policies,” the Associated Press reported Thursday. Meanwhile, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sent buses of migrants to the doorstep of Vice President Kamala Harris. Editorial cartoonists on both sides of the issue weigh in this week in the gallery.
In the lead image, Steve Breen of the San Diego Union-Tribune invites us to the Political Theater for “Immigration Night,” where a GOP elephant uses migrant families as props for a juggling act. Dana Summers takes the opposing view; a reporter asks Harris, “Kamala, do you still think the border is secure?” Cartoonists Michael Ramirez and David Horsey use imagery of the Statue of Liberty, but from different perspectives on her motto, “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses …”
The week’s other big story was Ukraine’s counteroffensive in the east of the country that sent Russia’s occupying troops into retreat. Cartoonists drew the Russian bear up a tree, chased by bees and with its mouth propped open by a Ukrainian flag.
Michael Ramirez captures the weight of inflation and a sagging stock market on Americans, despite a recent fall in gas prices.
Other news in the cartoons includes a proposal floated by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., to enact a nationwide abortion ban; a bill to codify same-sex marriage after the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade; continued mourning for the late Queen Elizabeth II; and one last poignant remembrance of 9/11.
Cartoons were drawn by Nick Anderson, Bill Bramhall, Dana Summers, Drew Sheneman, Walt Handelsman, David Horsey, Phil Hands, Joel Pett and Joey Weatherford of Tribune Content Agency; and Steve Breen, Mike Luckovich and Michael Ramirez of Creators Syndicate.