This video report from the Mexican metropolis of Tijuana illustrates the manifold problems inherent in immigration reporting, particularly with regard to the New York Times. Followers of American Rattlesnake should be intimately familiar with the failures of the New York Times when it comes to giving an accurate, objective, and honest assessment of the problems that stem from our government’s post-1965 immigration policies. However, this sympathetic piece about the plight of illegal aliens “stranded” in Tijuana seems to touch upon every base of the Old Gray Lady’s wrongheaded approach to this subject.
Leaving aside the question of whether outstripping the Bush administration’s rather lackluster approach to immigration enforcement is a high bar to clear, the focus of the story is restricted to how deportation impacts the families of illegal aliens residing in the United States. The act of repeatedly entering the country illegally is dismissed by the reporter altogether when he describes those who,
…did little more than move to the United States illegally.
Pshaw! Is that all?! I don’t see why we should trouble them any further; let’s fast-track them to American citizenship. Why is it that the Times doesn’t seem to show the same level of leniency towards American citizens who commit the comparable crimes? I’ve yet to see a New York Times editorial or “analysis” that extols the virtues of Americans who violate traffic laws, no matter how inane they might be, or a think piece calling for those who have suspended licenses to be given a free ride by law enforcement officials.
Apparently, the only people who have families to take care of-or problems worth worrying about-are those whom the Times seeks to amnesty in perpetuity. Is it any wonder that Carlos Slim is such a large investor in this enterprise?
Hat Tip: The Silent Majority No More