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Pro-illegal immigration puff pieces ("PIIPPs")

PIIPP stands for "pro-illegal immigration puff pieces", attempts by the MSM to pull your heartstrings in their attempt to advocate for illegal immigration, giving benefits to illegal aliens, and the like. Since most MSM articles about the topic try to do that, the term is usually restricted to articles that promote the DREAM Act.

Many of these PIIPPs are nearly identical; for a very clear example, see this side-by-side comparison of two articles from different papers using the same structure.

Many PIIPPs are probably planted by groups like the American Immigration Lawyers Association, racial power groups, or small student advocacy organizations. However, until a real reporter comes clean we'll never know where all these highly similar articles actually come from.

Last modified Dec 5, 2008
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If you think NPR Tell Me More is real journalism, see this. (illegal immigration propaganda, Michel Martin) - 12/12/11

... collection of such stories on the PIIPP page. For examples of how similar these stories are to one another, see the side-by-side comparisons here and here. Now, see the table below which compares the recent Tell Me More segment "Stiff Immigration Laws, No Bar To Big Dreams" [1] with two other highly similar stories from 2007. Is your idea of journalism to publish cookie-cutter propaganda? None...

Joy Resmovits misleads with boilerplate pro-illegal immigration propaganda (Huffington Post) - 05/11/11

... of what we call around here a PIIPP ("pro-illegal immigration puff piece"). Media sources from coast to coast have been publishing PIIPPs for years trying to drum up support for the anti-American DREAM Act (see the link for the details). All those articles are misleading because on the rare occasion when they even hint there might be downsides of the bill, they present those downsides as minor (...

Susan Carroll of Houston Chronicle promotes anti-American DREAM Act (PIIPP) - 06/01/10

Susan Carroll of the Houston Chronicle offers "Noncitizen grads pin hopes on DREAM Act" (chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7029415.html), a cookie-cutter propaganda piece designed to support that anti-American bill. The bill she promotes would allow illegal aliens to take college educations away from needy U.S. citizens, but she doesn't reveal that fact (see the DREAM Act page for the details...

Why do Harvard, Drew Faust, and Elizabeth Pezza want illegal aliens to take educations from U.S. citizens? - 04/04/10

... (thecrimson.com/article/2010/4/1/undocumented-students-harvard-act). It's a PIIPP-ish article (see that link for what that means and examples) that, instead of doing news reporting, advocates for the anti-American DREAM Act. That bill would let illegal aliens take college educations away from U.S. citizens and, despite having over 3500 words, Pezza doesn't even hint at the side-effects of the...

Rick Sanchez of CNN promotes anti-American DREAM Act, uses "gringo" slur - 03/16/10

On March 12, Rick Sanchez of CNN offered a video segment about the anti-American DREAM Act, a bill that would let foreign citizens who are here illegally take college educations away from U.S. citizens (video link). I don't need to tell anyone that Sanchez only offered a sales job for that anti-American bill, without telling his viewers any of the negative effects it would have. He didn't...

Devin Dwyer of ABC News promotes anti-American bill; would deprive some U.S. students of college - 12/16/09

... impact that it would have. * PIIPP features our multi-year coverage of cookie cutter articles that promote that anti-American bill.

Why is Ed Morrissey promoting a skilled immigration edge case, and will HotAir take a fall on amnesty? - 12/16/09

... of a conservative version of a PIIPP (see that link if you aren't familiar with that term). A Romanian gym coach came here on an H1B visa and applied for a green card; the visa was renewed once but not a second time. In the meantime, his wife has started a business and apparently due to his efforts the school where he teaches has increased their membership. It sounds like he has some friends to...

Anderson Cooper, Thelma Gutierrez of CNN promote anti-American DREAM Act - 06/14/09

Finally: PIIPPs are now available in video form as Anderson Cooper of CNN presents a "news" report from Thelma Gutierrez which isn't more than an ad for the anti-American DREAM Act, a federal bill that would let illegal aliens take college educations away from U.S. citizens. In his setup, Cooper refers to the report as a "side of the immigration battle that we don't often see"; see the PIIPPs...

Ted Madden/WFAA/KHOU promotes illegal aliens taking college discounts from Americans, bad public policy (Charles DeVille, Kelly Walker) - 05/18/09

... Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas offers a PIIPP called "Wrestler can't take college scholarships due to immigration laws" here. If you aren't familiar with the term "PIIPP" and you trust his reporting, please see that link and then compare those cookie-cutter articles to the one he wrote. The structure of his article is virtually identical to all the rest, right down to promoting the anti-American DREAM...

David Gonzalez /NYT promotes anti-American DREAM Act, in-state tuition for illegal aliens - 04/25/09

... is what's called around here a PIIPP: cookie cutter articles designed to promote amnesty that all have a similar structure and features. See the link for past examples. In the current case, the four-screener - part of their "Remade in America" series - is little more than a sleazy sales pitch for the anti-American DREAM Act. One of the illegal alien subjects "luckily" was able to attend City...

Phuong Ly /Washington Post's five screen ad for anti-American DREAM Act - 02/25/09

... anti-American DREAM Act. See the PIIPP category for a discussion of all the other very similar articles that other hacks have offered.

Jamie Gold can't see problem with recent Los Angeles Times pro-illegal immigration propaganda - 02/08/09

[UPDATE: Jamie Gold's idiotic reply below] Earlier this month, Jason Song of the Los Angeles Times offered a pro-illegal immigration propaganda piece called "For an illegal immigrant, getting into UCLA was the easy part". It generated a few hundred emails from their readers, and now Jamie Gold - that paper's feckless "Readers Representative" - offers an round-up of reaction where she can't find...

Jason Song/LAT promotes illegal alien taking UCLA education from a U.S. citizen - 02/03/09

... was the easy part" (link), a PIIPP-like story of a woefully unprepared illegal alien's trials and tribulations raising money to attend that school. It has some of the components of other PIIPPs, such as her worries about no one being willing to hire her for her chosen profession after she graduates due to her status. However, unlike other such articles it doesn't advocate for the DREAM Act or...

Youtube/Pulitzer makes worthless illegal immigration supporting video finalist - 11/19/08

For the backstory, see Shock: Youtube/Pulitzer contest has pro-illegal immigration puff piece as finalist. That same worthless, illegal immigration-supporting video (link) is now one of the five finalists in the Pulitzer competition and is #20 on Youtube's Featured list. Either because of that or because of creative counting, its views have jumped from around 700 a couple days ago to over 60,000...

Shock: Youtube/Pulitzer contest has pro-illegal immigration puff piece as finalist - 11/13/08

Youtube is currently sponsoring an amateur journalism contest with the Pulitzer Center (youtube.com/projectreport), and they've recently selected their top ten finalists; one of those is the worthless, formulaic puff piece in support of illegal immigration to the right. The video is specifically about the Agriprocessors immigration raid in Postville, Iowa, and it's even worse than something the...

Mitch Weiss,Jeffrey Collins/AP intro new immigration article device: the Sympathetic Victim/Representative - 10/08/08

In the past there were PIIPPs. Now, a growing number of articles about immigration raids and the like are employing a device that I'll henceforth refer to as the use of SVRs: the "Sympathetic Victim/Representative". When an immigration raid occurs, instead of interviewing the local residents who saw their wages decline, hack reporters turn to one of the "victims" of the raid (i.e., an illegal...

Does Tanya Schevitz understand and support fundamental American concepts? (Chris Patti, Claudia Keith) - 09/16/08

Tanya Schevitz of the San Francisco Chronicle offers "Undocumented students' college aid in jeopardy" (link) about the recent ruling reinstating a suit over the California law giving in-state tuition to illegal aliens. That law is explicitly anti-American: it gives citizens of foreign countries who are here illegally a better deal than some U.S. citizens, and laws like that prevent some U.S....

Nicole Bode/NY Daily News, New Sanctuary Movement pretend laws to blame for family separation - 06/18/08

Nicole Bode of the New York Daily News offers "Deportation to Senegal leaves Sory Fofana's family in pain" (link): Eleven-year-old Fanta Fofana spoke barely above a whisper as she described the day immigration officers burst into her Bronx apartment and took her dad. "I was sleeping with my sisters and my cousins," Fanta said, her eyes downcast. "The police came and took my father away from...

CCC offers DREAM Act PIIPP in press release form - 09/19/07

... The release is basically just a PIIPP in raw, unprocessed form: Rodrigo came to the United States, at the tender age of six, after his father was killed in front of him. After graduating high school as valedictorian with a 4.0 GPA, Rodrigo entered the University of California, Berkley where he majors in Rhetoric and Ethnic Studies. Rodrigo aspires to attend medical school. At 14 years old,...

Douglas McGray's uniquely anti-American DREAM - 09/19/07

Douglas McGray (douglasmcgray.com, dmcgray *at* comcast.net) of the New America Foundation offers "A uniquely American DREAM" (link), a guest editorial supporting the anti-American DREAM Act. In addition to being a massive and nearly unlimited amnesty, that bill - currently attached to a defense bill - would allow illegal aliens to take college discounts from U.S. citizens. Please contact your...

Stephen Wall/San Bernardino Sun promotes DREAM Act - 09/18/07

... what's called around here a "PIIPP": a "Pro-Illegal Immigration Puff Piece". This one - like most of the others - is designed to promote the anti-American DREAM Act, a bill that would let illegal aliens take college discounts from U.S. citizens. The bill is currently attached to a defense bill and everyone is urged to call their Senators and stress your opposition. As for Wall's propaganda,...

Can Tim Padgett propaganda encourage even more illegal immigration? (DREAM Act) - 08/03/07

... propaganda pieces - called around here PIIPP - in support of the legislation. That propaganda is invariably strongly biased towards the Act and rarely if ever mentions its downsides. Now, here's one in magazine form, from Tim Padgett of Time ("Can Two Kids Alter Immigration Law?", link): When teenage brothers Juan and Alex Gomez were awakened at dawn on July 25 and arrested by U.S. immigration...

Dreams Across America: all aboard the pro-illegal immigration train - 06/14/07

"Dreams Across America" [1] is the latest stunt from supporters of a massive illegal alien amnesty, consisting of about 100 people taking a train Washington DC to lobby for "reform".

Steve Lopez: up with illegal immigration propaganda, allegedly Mexico-linked CHIRLA - 05/28/07

Via this, Steve Lopez of the Los Angeles Times offers "Family crossed the border to success". The family in question is that of Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles.

Vanessa Bauza/South Florida Sun-Sentinel promotes DREAM Act - 04/24/07

The following PIIPP has been spotted; see the other posts in this category for other examples of "pro-illegal immigration propaganda". Reporter: Vanessa Bauza Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel Date: April 23 2007 Title: "For young undocumented immigrants, 'Dream Act' offers avenue to success" link Contact: vbauza *at* sun-sentinel.com, 954-356-4514 Student last names: not used Common...

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal: let illegal aliens deprive U.S. citizens of college - 02/18/07

... Republican-American offers a PIIPPish article entitled "Illegals seek tuition break". On the 13th, several people traveled to Hartford, Connecticut to support a bill that would give them those breaks. As with similar articles, it starts with the tear-jerking: Victoria Perez traveled to the state Capitol Tuesday to ask for a future... Perez, a senior at New Haven's Wilbur Cross High School,...

Teresa Watanabe on illegal alien children - 01/25/07

... representatives, but it also ends on this PIIPPish note that she or someone else there should take a closer look at: During a recent visit to the Gomezes' tidy Los Angeles apartment, all four family members spoke of the importance of hard work and education. Cesar and Thania's father, Felipe Gomez, who came here illegally in 1990, said his main motivation was to give his two children...

Hispanic voter suppression letter: evidence, Arnold, hacks - 10/17/06

[UPDATE in Hispanic voter suppression letter: from a Republican???] This is a follow-up to the story of Hispanics in Orange County having received a supposed voter suppression letter. In this post I'm going to: present evidence that the letter was sent by an illegal immigration supporter... discuss how Arnold Schwarzenegger has been politically emasculated and how his handlers don't have...

David Streitfeld/Los Angeles Times promotes illegal immigration - 10/01/06

... the LAT stands, it ends on a PIIPPish note. This article is symptomatic of the "Fahrenheit 451"-ish trend of journalism. Newspapers that used to "follow the money" now try to cover up the trail. I don't expect any MSM source to ever "follow the money" in the case of illegal immigration and find out exactly who's profiting from massive illegal activity and what steps they take - perhaps by...

Katie Couric's PIIPP promotes anti-American DREAM Act - 09/22/06

... video version of one of the other PIIPPs ("pro-illegal immigration puff pieces") discussed in this category, and like many of the others it promoted the anti-American DREAM Act.

"Seeking Biblical Principles to Inform Immigration Policy" - 09/21/06

... this: Every Maria [subject of a PIIPP in a Christianity Today editorial] who gains a "better life" hurts our Patricias [low-wage U.S. citizen from an L.A.

The Australian, Catherine Philp support U.S. illegal immigration - 08/21/06

A discussion of foreign sources that support illegal immigration is a bit rare around here, but Catherine Philp is a U.S.-based reporter for The Australian, so if you run into her you might want to ask her about the article "Whites drive out Latinos who saved their town". Yes, that's the real headline. You might ask whether she come up with that headline, and if not whether she supports it. Does...

Juliana Barbassa/AP promotes anti-American DREAM Act - 07/25/06

... the Associated Press offers a PIIPP entitled "Illegal immigrants find room at colleges": SAN FRANCISCO a

The Denver Post's Karen E. Crummy misleads about Sam Zamarripa - 07/16/06

The Denver Post's Karen E. Crummy offered "Legislator: Ga.'s law no panacea" back on June 29. It covered the new illegal immigration law in Georgia, but - as might be expected - it covered a few things up: Unfortunately, Crummy interviewed a single Georgian, State Sen. Sam Zamarripa, who voted against the reform package.

Macarena Hernandez: PIIPP pimping DREAM Act - 07/08/06

... Dallas Morning News offers a PIIPP ("pro-illegal immigration puff piece") called "Good kids are counting on Dream Act". As described below, this article is extremely similar to other articles in this genre.

Alicia Robinson, Daily Pilot pimps ID cards for illegal aliens (Matricula Consular) - 06/26/06

Alicia Robinson of Orange County's Los Angeles Times-affiliated Daily Pilot offers "ID card seen as ticket to a brighter future" about Mexico's Matricula Consular cards, aka "IDs for illegals". Mexico passes those IDs out to their citizens in the U.S. irrespective of their immigration status, and they're mostly used by illegal aliens in order to obtain some form of legitimacy.

Nathaniel Hoffman, Andrew Becker, Contra Costa Times support illegal immigration - 06/20/06

Nathaniel Hoffman and Andrew Becker of the Contra Costa Times offer separate articles that support illegal immigration. Hoffman offers "Immigration rights advocates contemplate their next steps". From the headline on down it's completely biased towards supporting illegal immigration and foreign citizens marching in our streets.

Giovanna Dell'orto/AP: pro-illegal immigration propaganda on anchor babies - 05/23/06

... for debate". Here's the first, PIIPPish paragraph: Laila Montezuma was 16 when she sneaked across the Rio Grande from Mexico with her mother, only to be abandoned by the smuggler paid to get them into the United States.

Deepa Ranganathan/Sacramento Bee pro-illegal immigration propaganda - 04/20/06

Searching through blogs, I ran across a new-to-me site, which says: This Sacramento Bee article really made me start to think about my position on illegal immigration. I'm a strong opponent of general amnesty and extending government services to illegal aliens...