Like nearly every member of the mainstream media, Avila "covered" the immigration issue from the perspective of the illegal alien. There is a term for this sort of coverage: "Boilerplate" or, if you prefer, "sob sister."
Avila has since moved on; he now works for the U.S. State Department doing whatever former journalists do for our bloated federal government.
His successor, Tony Olivo, picked up where Avila left off and in the latest parroting of how life has given illegal aliens the short end of the stick, Olivo details the disappointment of Luis Barcenas who has decided that Mexico now offers more opportunities for a "better life" than Chicago.
Barcenas' story begins this way:
"Luis Barcenas still recalls the terror of being kidnapped at gunpoint while driving a truck on a Mexican highway 14 years ago, a traumatic two days that compelled him to move his family to Chicago in search of a better life."
Barcenas came here on a tourism visa and like many of the nearly half the nation's 11 million illegal aliens, he deliberately overstayed knowing that the U.S. government has far better things to do than enforce its own immigration laws that were created to protect American workers.
Touching, yes? But when was the last time you read an immigration news story about an American citizen that begins along these lines:
"After 20 years in the general contracting business, John Doe closed his doors because his local competitors undercut him by hiring illegal aliens."
"Doe now stocks shelves at Wal-mart, one of three part-time jobs he works in order to help provide for his family."
I have no problem with reporters chronicling the hardships endured by people everywhere trying to improve their lot in life, but I would like to see far more news coverage of those who do it playing by the rules. I especially would like to see the same amount of ink given those American citizens forced by their own government to compete with cheap, foreign workers in a dismal job market.
For example, while 20 million Americans are unable to find full-time work, is anybody in the media at all upset over the the fact that 7 million illegal aliens are being permitted by the sorry Obama administration to keep their non-farming payroll jobs in the construction, manufacturing, transportation and service industries? Aren't Americans also entitled to search for a better life, or is this something now reserved only for the foreign-born, especially those here illegally?
So who's covering that agenda? Certainly not today's reporters and editors who willingly carry water for those among us who will stop at nothing to undermine the sovereignty of the American people, millions of whom are foolish enough to believe that we are still a "nation of laws."