Jason DeParle of the New York Times gives a "big warm hug" to the Migration Policy Institute and their online journal Migration Information Source (migrationinformation.org) in "A Tiny Staff, Tracking People Across the Globe". It's essentially an ad not just for that group but also an ad in support of migration and globalism in general. It also falls into the "little 'nonpartisan' organization that could" category, in the same sense that the ACLU is "nonpartisan".
The MPI would have to pay tens of thousands of dollars for an ad of the same length, yet they apparently got this for free. The online version includes a link to their site, which is at least somewhat valuable.
It has an editorial staff of one and annual advertising revenues of less than $2,000. It charges its subscribers nothing and pays most contributors the same. Mapping the settlement of Latino poultry workers is its idea of a sexy piece... At the site's helm is an American-born editor, Kirin Kalia, 32, who describes herself as "half Dutch, half Indian, 100 percent American and total migration geek." Ms. Kalia thrives on hybridity — devouring Indian-American novels and Dutch-Moroccan films... [...she plays world music for the NYT "reporter", she a Citizen of the World, etc., etc...] ...With conflicts rising over immigration to the United States, interest in the Source has surged. Readership has doubled in the past three years, Ms. Kalia said, to about 140,000 unique visits each month. To stroll through the archives is to see the American debate freshly, as part of a global phenomenon.
The NYT is painting how great globalism is and trying to encourage Americans - the vast majority of their readers - to just lie back and think of immigration as a "global phenomenon". Only in the 14th paragraph do we get this:
The magazine is published by a Washington research group, the Migration Policy Institute, that was started six years ago (with assistance from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation and the J. M. Kaplan Fund) to help fill the knowledge gap.
The little "nonpartisan" organization that could, chugging along as the caboose on the MPI's annual budget of just $3.5 million from two of the largest foundations in the U.S.
DeParle lists some of the MPI's staff, without mentioning that one of their helpers is former INS Commissioner Doris Meissner, someone who can always be counted on to provide quotes in support of massive immigration, even opposing groups that lawfully protest illegal immigration (as well as opposing the border fence). The MPI was also involved in the Independent Task Force on Immigration and America's Future, which included a Mexican citizen and Mexican government officials helping current U.S. lawmakers navigate policy. And, their recommendations were not in the national interest. And, per this, the MPI "seeks the dissolution of U.S. borders, and the legalization of illegal immigrants currently in America... Works closely with the National Council of La Raza and the American Civil Liberties Union".
Just a little nonpartisan group, chugging along and trying to make the world a better place.
I get over half their visitors, and I'm hobbled by not getting any money from the Ford Foundation. Where's my ad, NYT?
Immigration2008a · Mon, 02/04/2008 - 09:35 · Importance: 4