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WaPo Fails to Read Own Paper on Obama Deportation Numbers

Reporting on the failure of the fifth version of the DREAM Act, The Washington Post’s Shankar Vedantam reported on December 19th:

Whenever Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-Ill.) and other immigrant-rights advocates asked President Obama how a Democratic administration could preside over the greatest number of deportations in any two-year period in the nation’s history, Obama’s answer was always the same.

Vedantam needs to read his own paper. On December 6th, The Washington Post’s Andrew Becker reported:

For much of this year, the Obama administration touted its tougher-than-ever approach to immigration enforcement, culminating in a record number of deportations.

But in reaching 392,862

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LA Times Forgets Who Signed E-Verify Law

On August 1st, The Los Angeles Times asked: “Arizona was once tolerant of illegal immigrants. What happened?” Authors Anna Gorman and Nicholas Riccardi go on to report:

Arizona has made a name for itself as the state with the harshest policies against illegal immigration. But as few as six years ago, this border state was among the nation’s most welcoming of illegal immigrants.

Since 2004, Arizona legislators have passed measures that restricted illegal immigrants from receiving in-state tuition, made English the official language and dissolved any business that repeatedly hired illegal immigrants.

But one factor influencing the state in profound ways was

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Newsweek: Wrong on Immigration, Wrong on Health Care

Andrew Romano, in Newsweek, argues that health-care reform ought to enable illegal immigrants to get coverage. The merits of his policy view aside, his article makes a number of errors.

Romano writes:

The line [Rep. Joe Wilson] objected to—”The reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally”—is, in fact, not a “lie.” The current House bill makes it very clear that “individuals who are not lawfully present in the United States” will not be allowed to receive subsidies. To wrangle assistance, illegal aliens would have to commit identity fraud, something that rarely happens in our current public-health-care

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The White House vs PolitiFact on Illegal Immigrant Health Care

The St. Petersburg Times PolitiFact posted a Truth-O-Meter feature on September 9th claiming “Joe Wilson of South Carolina said Obama lied, but he didn’t.” Justifying her conclusion, Angie Drobnic Holan wrote:

We read all 1,000-plus pages of the health care bill and were struck by the fact that it is largely silent on health care for illegal immigrants. … Most illegal immigrants are also now excluded from Medicaid, the government-run health care for the poor. We didn’t see anything that would change that.

What Holan completely fails to report, however, is that there is a specific program used by Medicaid … Continue Reading

USA Today Wrong On Illegal Immigrant Health Care

John Fritze and Mimi Hall have an article in September 10th’s USA Today taking “a closer look” at what President barack Obama said in his Joint Session of Congress health care speech.They do a great job of noting how Congress has ignored spending triggers in the past, but on illegal immigration they write:

The statement: “There are those who claim that our reform effort will insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false.”

The context: Some Republicans, including Rep. Steve King of Iowa, have charged that Obama’s plan would offer insurance to millions of illegal immigrants. The issue was raised repeatedly during

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Obamacare Would Pay For Illegal Immigrant Health Care

The Associated Press’s Calvin Woodward published a FACT CHECK: Health overhaul myths taking root August 20th. In it he writes:

THE POLL: 55 percent expect the overhaul will give coverage to illegal immigrants; 34 percent don’t.

THE FACTS: The proposals being negotiated do not provide coverage for illegal immigrants.

55% of Americans are right and Woodward is wrong. While it is true that H.R. 3200 does not explicitly provide health care for illegal immigrants, no one is arguing that it does. What Americans are concerned about is that the enforcement provisions in the bill are too weak to make sure that illegal … Continue Reading