Friday, May 21, 2010

Chicago Tribune does not state Arizona law correctly, allows Obama rep statement without clarification.

Chicago Tribune, 5/19: "(DHS ICE head John) Morton said his agency will not necessarily process illegal immigrants referred to them by Arizona officials. The best way to reduce illegal immigration is through a comprehensive federal approach, not a patchwork of state laws, he said.
(Article has blaring headline about immigration crackdown in Illinois--right, sure. Remember George Bush? If he wouldn't crackdown on illegal aliens, certainly Obama won't do it).
  • First, the Arizona law is nothing more than a mirror of existing federal law. If that isn't good enough, "laws like it" will cover existing federal law. The Tribune allows an Obama official to say--well into his term of office--that he disregards current federal law, and lets this stand without amplification. The Tribune places this item at the tail end of the article-where many won't see it.
This is how the Tribune reporter himself described the Arizona law:
This is not correct. How can a reporter not know this? Police are not required-nor allowed-- to check people suspected of being illegal aliens. They are only allowed to do so if a person has been stopped for another violation.
  • Perhaps the Tribune reporter went to public schools and is not well educated.
For decades, elected officials ordered police NOT to ask for immigration status even if a crime, including murder, had been committed. This has been the case in New York City (where I live) for decades. Even when Rudy Giuliani was mayor-much to my surprise at the time. He did not want anyone's illegal alien status to ever be revealed. To me this is a crime against citizens who are not criminals and grounds for impeachment of any elected official. Do you get the idea now that elected officials are completely out of touch-even the ones labeled as "conservative?"

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