No, it's not a parody. With all the possible coverage of Katrina, the New York Times actually wrote an article on the plight of "undocumented" immigrants in the disaster zone.
From Ian Urbina's "Foreign Workers Are Caught in a Double Trap" (link) (abbreviated version: denverpost . com/katrina/ci_3003983):
BILOXI, Miss., Sept. 5 - Like so many other people here, Pedro, a landscaper from Chiapas, Mexico, is desperately trying to get out of Biloxi. He wants to take his wife, Anna, who is eight months pregnant, someplace cleaner and safer, wherever that might be. [Whereever it might be, it will probably be in the U.S. After all, he's just one month from an anchor baby, and why spoil that opportunity? -- LW]
But aside from being low on gas like everyone else, Pedro, who would not give his last name because he is undocumented, is nervous about traveling in a city swarming with police officers and National Guard troops...
I repeat: this is not a joke. This is an actual NYT article.
Please send a short, polite email to public *at* nytimes.com suggesting they not print self-parodies.
UPDATE: For those who aren't familiar with this subject, various newspapers including the NYT have published an endless list of pro-illegal immigration puff pieces: PIIPP. The fact that the NYT found the time to print yet another pro-illegal immigration article during Katrina is the point here.
"Liberal" visitors might want to spend a few minutes or hours thinking about this comment from another "liberal":
Do you really want to toil in unsanitary, unsafe, underpaid fields to feed your family?
Why is that something that "liberals" like the NYT should support?
Why not support ending illegal immigration and all of its associated abuses and public and private corruption?
By supporting illegal immigration, "liberals" end up supporting the Bush administration and its corporate backers' desire for cheap labor. They also end up supporting ethnic nationalists and the Mexican oligarchy's desire to pawn off their excess population.
Hopefully I'm not asking too much to expect "liberals" to be able to think things through.
UPDATE 2: Apparently it is asking too much. The NYT article is a news report with propagandistic components. That propaganda is designed to make illegal immigration respectable, even desirable.
As for the "such a preposterous assertion venomously" etc. sentence, that's in a comment. It was never in the post.
While I've now added two updates to this post, I haven't modified it or deleted parts of it, and I haven't deleted or modified any comments. No, I think the comments from the "liberals" below are quite informative. Like Howard Dean, let them speak.