A recent poll confirmed what many of us have known for years, i.e., most Americans are clueless about immigration, but it didn't bother to explain why.
The answer is simple:
It is because those who occupy the nation's newsrooms have for years been acting more like parrots than professional journalists supposedly trained to ask critical questions of a federal government whose top priority is protecting Americans rather than those here illegally and who have stolen at least 7 million American jobs.
To put it bluntly, you have been mislead and deliberately deceived about this volatile public policy issue that is threatening to permanently damage the rule of law, our sovereignty, the nation's standard of living and the environment.
I recently posed a couple of pretty simple questions to two Wisconsin reporters representing newspapers in the eastern part of the state who had covered Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-1st) July 26 immigration town hall meeting in Racine. Their response? In so many words they said weren't interested in balanced journalism.
Here's the first reporter exchange:
Me: "The headline on your story says amnesty would keep our immigration system fair. Fair for whom?
"You say Ryan spoke of the "benefits to the workforce" that amnesty would bring; which benefits are those? Did you ask him for specifics?
"The unemployment rate in Racine is 8.4 percent, and the unemployment rate for blacks in this state is atrocious. Ryan wants to give work permits to 11 million illegal aliens and dramatically increase legal immigration. How would this help them or any of the 22 million Americans who can't find full-time work? Where in your story is there anyone who speaks for these jobless citizens?
"There is far more to this issue than stories about people 'waiting' for green cards or 'Dreamers' wanting higher education. Immigration is about jobs and depressed wages brought on by 30 years of mass immigration and failure to enforce our immigration laws. BTW, the next time someone in or out of politics tell you that our immigration system is 'broken,' ask them to explain 'how' and by 'whom.'
Reporter: "As to your questions, I believe they would be better addressed to the congressman’s office. Although he gave a very long and detailed presentation, I had neither the time or space to include every detail in a short newspaper article highlighting his visit."
And the second exchange:
Me: "Given that the subject matter here affects all Americans, why didn't you include the voices of those who support enforcement of our immigration laws that were created to protect American workers? Why are these jobless citizens treated as though they are not part of the equation?
"Is Christine Neumann-Ortiz and her amnesty allies the only voices to be heard here?
"Ryan is an open-borders advocate; what he is saying is that American workers should have to compete with anyone in the world who wants to work here. If anything resembling the Senate amnesty bill becomes law, 33 million work permits will be issued to foreign workers in the just the first 10 years. How would that affect the unemployed in Ryan's district? Are you aware of Wisconsin's high unemployment rate among blacks?
"Once again, I'm looking for an explanation as to why the media refuses to address how what would be the 8th amnesty since 1986 would affect the 22 million Americans who want a full-time job. Can you help me?"
Reporter: " . . .I quoted people who were at the event. This was not an all encompassing article on the issue."
And I'm going to bet that readers of this newspaper will never see an "all encompassing" immigration story from this reporter or anyone else on that editorial staff.
I'd love to hear from anyone whose local media have ever entertained these questions while "covering" immigration, including interviews with amnesty advocates in and out of Congress.
Such questions, as the old saying goes, are not rocket science, and you will get a greater appreciation for just how badly the media have dropped the ball in this new report from the Center for Immigration Studies that should be mandatory reading for all reporters and their editors, "Questions for Lawmakers on Immigration."
But smart money, sadly, says we shouldn't hold our breath waiting for the national media to change its one-dimensional reporting methods.