The Obama Administration hates the Arizona Immigration Law. Liberals hate the immigration law. Of course illegal aliens and Mexico fear the law. How many have read the law though, is a question few will answer. But no matter what you may think, it is sure that the major news media, despises the immigration law.
There is no surprise of course that since the Arizona law passed, illegal aliens (the criminals that willfully violated Federal law) have been leaving Arizona in droves. The fear of being caught and sent back to their home countries is forcing them out faster than the actual law will likely ever do. But the media has taken a unique view of the event.
Tim Gaynor of Reuters, as an example, really lays it on thick. His article Migrants sell up and flee Arizona ahead of crackdown provides a visage of mothers being forced into the streets as if trying to outrun an invading Mongul horde. He depicts the illegal aliens as victims, being wronged by an unfeeling government.
“The two women are among scores of illegal immigrant families across Phoenix hauling the contents of their homes into the yard this weekend as they rush to sell up and get out before the state law takes effect on Thursday.”
“It makes being an illegal immigrant a state crime and requires state and local police, during lawful contact, to investigate the status of anyone they reasonably suspect of being an illegal immigrant.”
It it this kind of prose that has made immigration, and Arizona, a heated subject. A subject that is obscured by emotion on the facts involved. Facts like the reason the law was created in Arizona was because of the outrageous levels of crime directly related to the illegals in that State. Facts like the drain on the economy that Arizona struggles with even before this economic downturn.
Perhaps the biggest fact is that illegal immigration is no different than breaking and entering into a house. And that it is already a crime. One that the Federal Government is unwilling to address, and arguably does so out of purely political motivation. Votes are an impediment to enforcement.
So if criminals are being touted by the media as victims, and Arizona is being framed as highway robbers, what is the media gaining? Who benefits from such a depiction?
If criminals, already hiding from the authorities, are leaving because they fear prosecution of laws they willfully broke, why should we feel sad or disheartened?
Illegal aliens may be leaving Arizona ahead of the law, including those that are responsible for the increase in violent crime in that State, but they are not going home. So how long are we supposed to feel bad, when the next place they go experiences what what Arizona did?