As you'll recall, a PIIPP is a "pro-illegal immigration puff piece." It must advocate for illegal immigration and the person to whom we're to feel Sally Struthers-level sympathy for must appear in the first sentence.
And, I believe I've spotted the PIIPP to end all PIIPPs in the New York Times. Presenting "Behind Top Student's Heartbreak, Illegal Immigrants' Nightmare":
Angela Perez looked up from her desk at International High School in Queens one morning last April to behold a most uncommon sight. Her best friend, Lydia, the one who shuffled into homeroom late every day, had scampered in ahead of the bell. "Guess what?" she called to Angela, and from her backpack she pulled a thick envelope. It held the letter admitting her to Tufts University...
[Angela nad Lydia are best friends, sharing joys, dreams, hopes for the future, etc. etc. etc...]
[... but there are dark and stormy storm clouds on one of these students' horizons...]
Unlike Lydia, her soul mate in so many other ways, Angela is an undocumented immigrant, and under federal law, state university systems have been financially pressured not to provide affordable resident tuition to such applicants...
[... but, never fear! Help is on the way from those who say our immigration laws mean nothing... Begin peppy music...]
Now a bipartisan coalition of legislators has recognized that students like Angela are, in fact, among the most responsible of Americans, those who carry the burden of parents' sacrifices and who seize upon public education as their route to productive citizenship. In both the Senate and the House of Representatives, lawmakers have introduced bills to permit these immigrant students to regain resident status in their home states and, even more important, to earn citizenship in part by graduating from college, allowing them to enter the workforce legally...
[The DREAM Act] has fallen victim to the Republicans' internal split on immigration, which pits cultural nativists against free-marketeers, as well as the overall shift in federal immigration policy toward border control and internal surveillance since Sept. 11 attacks. Trent Duffy, a deputy press secretary to the president, said yesterday that "certain parts" of the Dream Act deserve "serious consideration" as part of a "better, more humane, and open immigration system..."
[... it gets even worse...]
OK, you've probably read enough. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or, better yet, email@example.com.
Maybe you could suggest they provide teary puff-pieces about those U.S. citizens negatively impacted by the DREAM Act and similer legislation.
I provided this link above, but just to make this clear, here's what Dan Stein of FAIR says:
[With the DREAM Act, Orrin Hatch] and his colleagues are literally taking opportunities and tuition assistance away from the children of citizens and giving them to illegal aliens... Supporters of this bill are unabashedly placing the interests of illegal aliens above American families who have paid taxes and played by the rules..."
Immigration_piipps · Wed, 09/01/2004 - 11:15 · Importance: 1