Truth in Immigration
During the past few months, people have been bombarded with information on illegal immigration. The result has been to raise enough fear and paranoia that many want this community to become Fortress Green Valley; fending off the bloodthirsty, disease-ridden hordes crossing our borders.
Word spread quickly inside the windowless walls of the Elizabeth Detention Center, an immigration jail in New Jersey: A detainee had fallen, injured his head and become incoherent. Guards had put him in solitary confinement, and late that night, an ambulance had taken him away more dead than alive.
As if Katie Couric didn’t already have enough problems.
Weighed down by record-low ratings at the anchor desk of “CBS Evening News,” and by reports suggesting she will leave that post two years before her multimillion-dollar contract expires, Couric now has civil rights groups — mostly Hispanic — on her back.
And for good reason.
Reporter Lisa Falkenberg recently wrote a column comparing the perceptions of undocumented immigrants to the realities. We applaud Ms. Falkenberg for her efforts in bringing some truth to the matter. MORE
Leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus dispatched a letter Friday to Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes complaining that the network’s news coverage is slanted against immigration and has adopted the rhetoric of outspoken CNN host Lou Dobbs. MORE
It is no surprise that Pope Benedict’s call for “reasoned, responsible, and respectful dialogue” has angered Lou Dobbs and Tom Tancredo. As main contributors to the current anti-immigrant atmosphere in the United States, what else would we expect from them? MORE
Colorado Representative Douglas Bruce insults Mexican migrant workers, saying he did it to bring up the issue of "illegal immigration." He may face ethics hearings that could result in reprimand, censure or expulsion from the legislature. MORE
Truth In Immigration understands that the goal of fostering a rational immigration debate cannot be achieved alone. We applaud the efforts of various organizations to bring reality to all the distortions, from providing vital academic research on immigrants to exposing the increasingly anti-Hispanic rhetoric coming from some media sources.
On April 7, 2008, Katie Couric and CBS Evening News took a page from the Lou Dobbs playbook in presenting a misleading and inaccurate portrayal of the role of immigrants in U.S. society. In this report, Ms. Couric and CBS News fall well short of the journalistic standards set by former CBS News anchors Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite.
National Public Radio recently re-aired an interview done by public radio show This American Life featuring the personal account and struggles of an undocumented student studying chemistry at UCLA. Douglas McGray of the New America Foundation reports.
A Halloween party hosted last October by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) chief Juliet Myers made headlines last year when it was revealed that Myers, as part of a judge panel, awarded the prize of "most original costume" to a Homeland Security Department employee who dressed in prison stripes, dreadlocks and dark makeup.
Anti-immigrant group ALIPAC knowingly uses false facts regarding a school altercation to disseminate its anti-immigrant and anti-Latino message.
Saying the nation’s immigration system is broken, Pennsylvania’s largest grower of fresh-to-market tomatoes announced late March he will no longer produce the crop because he can’t find enough workers to harvest it. MORE
Otero County settled a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, two groups representing Chaparral, N.M., families whose rights were violated during border security operations last summer. MORE
Fringe border vigilantes along with extreme nativist activists have made violent acts and threats towards Latino and immigrant communities a frightening reality. MALDEF court victories in two such cases are illustrative of what we can do about it. MORE
Providing high-quality public education to all U.S. children, regardless of their immigration status, is beneficial to all Americans as well as being required under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.
Educating all children is good public policy and a wise use of tax dollars. Well-educated persons are able to contribute more to society by earning more in wages, paying more in taxes, receiving fewer public benefits, and experiencing better health.
False statistics on immigration have influenced some lawmakers to push for anti-immigrant legislation. In today’s posting, a South Carolina newspaper catches a state politician using "fuzzy statistics" from a leading anti-immigrant organization. MORE
Comedian Drew Carey currently hosts a series of mini-documentaries called The Drew Carey Project on Reason.Tv, a new online project of the Reason Foundation. Here's a recent video the Project produced on the immigration issue.
In March 2008, José Genao and a friend went to a Rhode Island heating equipment supply store to buy a spare part for his boiler. While the owner, David Richardson, searched his inventory for the part, Genao and his friend began speaking to each other in Spanish. As Mr. Richardson was ringing up Mr. Genao’s purchase, he demanded to see the customers’ Social Security cards.
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