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Slideshow shines bright light on media's deceptive immigration coverage

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I've recently come across a marvelous slideshow created last summer by the Center for Immigration Studies that reaffirms a warning given to me by a friend who spent 32 years enforcing our immigration laws: If you want to learn about the immigration issue, don't read newspapers.

It's called The Life of Julia, Amnesty Applicant, and it reflects what is not to be found among the many scribes who take up space in the nation's vacuous newsrooms: critical thinking. Everything you thought you knew about the Senate amnesty bill (S.744) or, shall I say, what the media thinks you should know, is cleverly dissected by CIS.

Since it's passage last June, the bill that is officially (and laughingly) known as the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, the media have - without questioning their veracity - glommed onto a new generation of catchy immigration descriptors that supposedly reflect how certain miliquetoast politicians plan to fix our "broken" immigration system, e.g., "go to the back of the line," "pay back taxes," "learn English," "tough but fair," "get right with the law," and so forth.

After watching "Julia" who, thanks to our welcoming federal government, is permitted to search for a better life without fear of deportation, I think you'll agree that when it comes to reporting this extremely critical public policy issue your newspaper - to paraphrase a line from the late Chicago columnist Mike Royko - wouldn't make the grade as fish wrap.



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