Editorial cartoons from September 18, 2022: Immigration policy, Russia’s retreat, economic suffering

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“Florida Governor Ron DeSantis flew two immigrant planes to Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday, escalating a tactic by Republican governors to draw attention to what they see as the administration’s failed border policies. Biden,” the Associated Press reported Thursday. Meanwhile, Texas Governor Greg Abbott sent busloads of migrants to Vice President Kamala Harris’s doorstep. Cartoonists on both sides of the issue are weighing in on the podium this week.

In the lead image, Steve Breen of the San Diego Union-Tribune takes us to political theater for “Immigration Night,” where a GOP elephant uses migrant families as props for a juggling act. Dana Summers takes the opposite view; a reporter asks Harris, “Kamala, do you still think the border is secure?” Cartoonists Michael Ramirez and David Horsey use images of the Statue of Liberty, but from different angles on his motto, “Give me your weary, your poor, your huddled masses…”

The other big story of the week was Ukraine’s counter-offensive in the east of the country which sent Russian occupying troops into retreat. The cartoonists drew the Russian bear in a tree, chased by bees and with its mouth open by a Ukrainian flag.

Michael Ramirez captures the weight of inflation and a depressed stock market on Americans, despite a recent drop in gas prices.

Other news in the cartoons includes a proposal floated by Sen. Lindsey Graham, RS.C., to enact a nationwide ban on abortion; a bill to codify same-sex marriage after the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade; the continued mourning of the late Queen Elizabeth II; and one last poignant memory of 9/11.

The 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.

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