As the major networks began calling the election for President Obama, several commentators expressed a sense of relief after a long campaign in which each side attempted to scare the electorate away from the other by making their opponents out to be monsters. The campaign was over and the hard work of governing could resume.
Readers may draw one significant conclusion from the powerful print and video report, "Deadly crossing: Death toll rises among those desperate for the American Dream," (NBC, October 9, 2012): People will continue to die crossing the southern border as long as they believe a U.S. job awaits.
On October 10, congregants at a multi-denominational religious gathering in Maryland offered prayers for the DREAM Act and praise for illegal employment, but no love for the unemployed or identity theft victims.
The media's failure to grasp the numerical impact of immigration policy inevitably results in its failure to understand other important issues of the day. An Associated Press story on U.S. birth rates is a perfect example. The Associated Press reported: "A rate of a little more than 2 children per woman means each couple is helping keep the population stable." That would be true if we had replacement-level immigration. But we don't. AP left that inconvenient truth out of its story.
The mainstream media tuned in when amnesty advocates worried about identity thieves and frauds being left out of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. But since USCIS clarified that it does not want to know about those felony crimes, the press has been silent.
A group of forty former world leaders, including President Bill Clinton and South Africa's President Nelson Mandela, have sounded the alarm on population growth and water scarcity, according to Reuters ("Twenty more "Niles" needed to feed growing population - leaders"). The subject is famililar to Clinton who in 1993 established a Council on Sustainable Development. One of the council's objectives was to chart a path towards the stabilization of U.S. population. Among the immigration-related recommendations . . .
This just in from the Associated Press:
WASHINGTON — Lawyers for a whistleblower say the Internal Revenue Service has awarded their client $104 million for providing information about overseas tax cheats — the largest amount ever awarded by the agency.
Washington Post editor Emi Kolawole walked away from a one-sided immigration roundtable with some questions which she shared with her readers in "Microsoft hosts skilled immigration roundtable." Here they are, along with some possible answers that I have provided . . .
Over the past three months, the economy has created an average of 75,000
new jobs and the federal government has created an average of 75,000
new permanent U.S. job seekers via immigration. The mainstream media
does not report the latter statistic. For years, NumbersUSA has talked
about the 75,000 permanent work permits
the federal government grants (on average) to immigrant workers every
month. For the last three months, job creation has barely kept pace with
the number of green cards issued - a fact that eluded the press and,
therefore, much of the citizenry.
In the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling on Arizona's local immigration
enforcement law, the executive director of the ACLU "said the group and
its allies have amassed an $8.7 million war chest to fight state
immigration enforcement," according to the Washington Post.