Accuracy in Media

Once again, the Obama administration is deceiving the courts, and the American people, about its plans for amnesty for millions of current and future illegal aliens. And to make things worse, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Treaty, for which President Obama is seeking fast-track authority, would, according to Dick Morris, writing in The Hill, “override national immigration restrictions in the name of facilitating the free flow of labor.” And in this instance, whether wittingly or otherwise, Republicans are lining up to support the President in the name of free trade.

The proposed free trade agreement would undermine Congressional oversight over immigration, adding more power to the presidency, Morris argues. Pair this development with President Obama’s push to legalize illegal immigrants as U.S. residents, and this could become a dangerous policy combination.

Immigration reform is often presented by the media in terms of the human cost, and the alleged inhumanity in not allowing these persons to stay in the United States. The liberal media therefore, delight in pointing to any evidence they can find suggesting hypocrisy on the right on this issue and ignore the blatant abuses by the Obama administration in pursuit of his amnesty agenda.

News coverage of the recent hearing before the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ignores the fact that the Obama administration misled a lower court judge, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen, about the implementation of the Department of Homeland Security’s, and therefore President Obama’s offer of “temporary legal status to millions of illegal immigrants, along with an indefinite reprieve from deportation.” The administration claims it is acting with prosecutorial discretion, and that it should be able to prioritize the removal of illegal immigrant criminal elements.

The reality is that illegal immigrant rapists and murderers are being released by this administration, and that arrests and deportations of that group have declined, as well.

The administration has acted deceptively. “For three months while the lawsuit was pending and Judge Hanen was reviewing briefs and holding hearings and conference calls with the parties, [Department of Justice] lawyers were telling him that none of the president’s announced new policies were being implemented,” wrote Hans A. Von Spakovsky for National Review on March 20. “However, on March 3, Justice suddenly filed an ‘Advisory’ notifying the court that the administration had, in fact, issued three-year deferrals to more than 100,000 aliens.”

The Department of Justice apparently “knew all along that the administration had started issuing three-year terms of deferred action and work permits” in November 2014, even though “it knew the states’ lawsuit challenged the entirety of the DHS Directive,” he reports.

When Judge Hanen realized what he had been told was false, he told Deputy Assistant Attorney General Kathleen Hartnett: “When I asked you what would happen and you said nothing, I took it to heart. I was made to look like an idiot,” He added, “I believed your word that nothing would happen. . . . Like an idiot, I believed that.”

During the April 17 hearing, Benjamin C. Mizer, Acting Assistant U.S. Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Civil Division, argued that “For an employer to employ an individual who does not have work authorization, that employer has engaged in a crime. So giving the deferred action and giving the employment authorization actually reduces crime by reducing the third party employer crime.”

In other words, the administration wants to ignore the alleged illegal acts of one favored group in order to reduce crime by another less favored one.

On April 16, the day before this Fifth Circuit hearing, CNN’s Ariane de Vogue characterized illegal immigrants as the victims of political forces. She reported that President Obama’s unilateral executive policies were “announced with great fanfare” and would “shield” up to “5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation.”

Similarly, Politico’s Josh Gerstein, the day of the hearing, expressed his concern that “If the administration can’t get its new moves underway sometime this year it may have difficulty getting them done before Obama leaves office” and called Obama’s plan a “legacy agenda item.”

Clearly, the media are more interested in the success of programs such as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) than holding the administration accountable.

“It will be an uphill climb for the programs’ supporters, made worse by the fact that two of the judges are Republican appointees who may be hostile to their position,” wrote De Vogue in advance of the hearing—revealing her transparent concern for the administration’s success.

Pundits in the Hispanic media community also continue to mislead their audience by running segments which promote a culture of fear.

MSNBC’s biography of Jose Diaz-Balart lists him as “one of the most respected voices in Hispanic journalism in the United States.” During his April 16 show, he brought on two Democratic Congressmen and asked them softball leading questions all about the climate of fear and uncertainty for those “waiting” in “legal limbo.”

Diaz-Balart asked, “What do you tell them when there’s so much uncertainty about these programs?”

“That fear is not going to go anywhere while this legal limbo continues, and really nothing is being done in Washington as far as immigration reform,” he said.

“But you know there are a lot of families that are being separated that do qualify right now under DACA or DAPA and nothing’s being done,” he commented. In other words, President Obama should act more, not less, to shield illegal immigrants from the consequences of breaking U.S. laws.

An El Paso Intelligence Center report using Obama administration data released last year indicated that “Of the 230 total migrants interviewed, 219 cited the primary reason for migrating to the United States was the perception of U.S. immigration laws granting free passes or permisos…”

Diaz-Balart’s Congressional guests spoke about how illegal immigrants can protect themselves and that lawyers will be provided to them, and the show featured pictures of people rallying to the cause.

One must ask, however, whether lawyers, rallies, and endless sympathetic media coverage will also be provided for the potential victims of the dangerous criminals who are currently being released by the administration.

“…both arrests and deportations of criminal aliens are down about 30 percent through the first six months of fiscal year 2015, signaling that agents, who have been told to stop focusing on rank-and-file illegal immigrants, have not been able to refocus on criminal illegal immigrants instead,” wrote Stephen Dinan for The Washington Times on April 14.

A hearing with “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Sarah Saldana, also showed that the 30,558 criminal aliens ICE knowingly released back into the community in 2014 had amassed nearly 80,000 convictions, including 250 homicides, 186 kidnappings and 373 sexual assaults,” reports Dinan.

These predators released back into the American community are very likely to strike again.

But the media are not concerned about reporting on the facts which might sully the administration’s reputation or harm the left’s illegal immigration agenda.

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  • Robert M. McAdam

    Sadly, the “left’s illegal immigration agenda” is supported by all of the GOP with the exception of Senator Sessions.

  • deano

    no amnesty not now not ever…deport the criminal illegal aliens NOW…every judicial decision on immigration needs to accomapny it with an immediate deportation order to DHS or be in contempt of court.

  • Ted

    I agree with the poster below that the GOP, in general, supports the same immigrant policy that Pres. Obama does … ESPECIALLY employers of the GOP stripe!

    But … the illegal immigration problem would have been on its way to being resolved 15 years ago if E-Verify had been made mandatory and if it had been strenuously enforced among both employers plus social services agencies and healthcare providers.

    It can still be done if the House and Senate would simply act on it … while ignoring the lobbyists, Big Business, and the monied special interests that fund their campaigns. Done right … with some effective leadership and a couple quid-pro-quos thrown in to the Democrats … there might even be enough support, especially in the Senate, to override a potential veto. (???)

    If the illegals absolutely can’t work or get free services here … most of those here will leave … and new ones won’t arrive with the same great regularity that has occurred in the past!

    (Besides … all the automobile assembly plants here and in Canada are being moved to Mexico. Let the illegals work there … and let’s generate some new auto companies here! Screw Ford, GM and Chrysler!)

  • Soxtory

    Dream on!

  • Soxtory

    You are correct. The will of the people is being ignored. It appears this fight is all but lost!

  • maryloujb

    Unfortunately Americans don’t understand how violent these “new American’s are. I do because living in California, I work with lots of them. Their families are all affected by the violence. I get the feeling that they don’t care about being American and they only speak Engish when necessary. Not to mention what is in the future for us. Having allowed women from all over the world to have their babies born here thereby making an instant American. They can teach hate and that group of Americans can show up twenty years later to wreak their havoc. Their is no logic to this, just corruption and greed. Wake up sleeping tiger, please!

  • ItsJo

    This, is “Obama’s Illegal Alien Invasion” as he Deliberately turns America into a DUMPING GROUND.” He spitefully IS Punishing arrogant(his words) our Republic.

    He Does hate this Colonial White Nation AND it’s Founding Fathers
    along with Our Constitution that he Ignores and abuses. He was mentored
    for 10 yrs. about “white hate” from his Communist Mentor,
    Frank Marshall Davis(a friend to his Grandfather) of Kansas/Chicago/Hawaii.

    He should be REMOVED from office, for all the things he’s doing Against our Republic, but No One-Especially Congress does ANYTHING on this, as they don’t seem to care what happens to America, as he turns us into a 3rd world country, answerable to the Crooked U.N. and International Law.
    Obama with the Illegals, is putting ALL American Citizens in Danger and like a Dictator, he does what HE wants.

  • ItsJo

    I agree with your post, unfortunately Obama and his crooked regime will NOT even allow our border agents to STOP the flow of Illegals, as This, is his agenda, in turning “America into a Dumping Ground” as he DOES Hate this Republic.

  • Michael Lee Pemberton

    Nothing is being hidden. The people responsible for protecting America are conducting a concerted effort to overwhelm the social services bureaucracy with illegal alien applicants, bankrupt our economy, create chaos, and prepare the country for a totalitarian revolution on the soviet model. It was all spelled out quite clearly by Wm. Z. Foster in his book, Toward Soviet America, published in the late 1930’s. Most Americans simply choose to ignore, or are ignorant of, that program and deny that it is the Democrat party that is pursuing it. “We have found the enemy, and it is us.” Progressive is a euphemism for Liberal, Socialist, and ultimately for Communist. The dictatorship of the proletariat is becoming a reality, aided and abetted by “useful idiots”.

  • marlene

    Evil deeds are committed under cover of darkness. IMPEACH OBAMA NOW.

  • Erudite Mavin

    No, actually Republicans are the opposite of Obama’s Amnesty agendas.
    It is Libertarian Rand Paul and Libertarians Koch Bros. who are major supporters of amnesty

  • joshuasweet

    there is no secret Obama and the democrats are flooding the red states with illegals even busing them from other states, rushing to get them proper identification, offering bribes for past taxes clearing the way for flights to get their families here as well all in time for the elections.
    Is it treason yet?

  • ItsJo

    Good post Michael, and this is what Obama is doing AGAINST this Republic, as he follows “Cloward-Piven” which is much of what you have posted. He actually Does hate this Republic, and is doing all he can to keep Power/Control like a Dictator(with his crooked regime/leftist, complicit media/Demo-Thugs, who RULE, but forgot they were elected to “Serve the People” and theyalong with the Rino’s like McCain, Boehner, Graham, etal- ONLY care about themselves as they continue to be ‘pigs feeding off the taxpayers public trough for Years, and Years, in amassing their bank accounts/keeping their cushy jobs/perks/healthcare.” Truly Sickening-

  • Uh, I hate to correct you, but Senators Vitter, Lee and Grassley don’t support it and neither do a core group of Conservative and libertarian Congressmen headed by Steve King, Dave Brat, Mo Brooks, Walter Jones and others.

  • Boehner & Co won’t allow Impeachment to go forth. They are following the edict of the Chamber that doesn’t want anything upsetting their apple cart.

  • Ted, the problem with Lamar Smith’s National E-verify bill HR 1147 is…it wouldn’t take hold for 2-3 years for most employers. Moreover, it still has a preemption clause which may destroy the 7-state LAWA laws on the books. I sincerely doubt that the Chamber-controlled Senate will allow it to pass assuming it gets out of the House unscathed. And I doubt there are enough Dem votes to override an Obama veto. So forget mandatory E-verify at the national level. Instead, work at expanding LAWA laws in other red and purple states. Also, try to expand 1070 laws in other states like Kansas and Nebraska.

  • Don’t tell us–tell this to RINOs Boehner & McConnell who are running things in Congress and who are allowing the Dems too much power, still.

  • dextermassolettisr

    What we have here is sedition, which is such an ugly business it can only be worse by having it coming from the highest public offices of the land.
    Only in America can such treachery come from a president-in-name-only and be maintained in the 21st Century. Coming to the end of their rope will be quite a shock; I plan to see it and the look on each of their faces as the light leaves their eyes.
    I am sure there will be many who will give them the attention they fully deserve.

  • dextermassolettisr

    Your comment says You are, and have, lost already — a vote for the wrong side.
    Take another look around you.

  • Marshall Goodman

    I think it was around 10 years ago that the U.S. Census listed the four most populace states as key destinations for illegal immigrants. Of course, California was on the top of the list and Texas, but also Florida and New York. These four states also had the greatest number of Electoral College votes, I believe. International socialists have, for decades, been trying to undo the Electoral College because of the safeguard it provides. So it seems that their partners-in-crime, the Demon-crats, are using Third World immigrants to overrun the U.S. political and legal systems in more ways than one. Republicans should have disbanded the Democratic party immediately after winning the Civil War. It’s still not too late, I’d guess. Sue them out of existence for treason and myriad other Constitutional infractions.

  • joshuasweet

    at least broadcast the fact that there are over 50 Communist Marxist in office now under the democratic banner