Beth Reinhard misleads about immigration (The Atlantic, National Journal)

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Beth Reinhard writes about immigration and other matters for both The Atlantic and National Journal (and formerly the Miami Herald).

Here are four fairly recent comments I've left on her entries at the first two locations:

* FROM nationaljournal.com/politics/perry-s-immigration-gamble-20110916

Is there anything Beth Reinhard gets right?

1. The TX bill wasn't for "the children of illegal immigrants", it was for those who are themselves illegal aliens irrespective of their parents' status(es), which might be different.

2. The TX bill lets illegal aliens take college resources away from U.S. citizens, depriving U.S. citizens of college. It might be helpful to point that out.

3. Immigration isn't really a liberal or conservative issue. Some liberals are OK on the issue, some Super Conservatives are very bad on the issue.

4. The quote source is wrong: immigration is much more important than the GOP's current obsessions. It's a fundamental issue that, for instance, leads to increased spending and more power for the far-left (and also more power for the Mexican gov't inside the U.S.)

5. Beth Reinhard is from Florida, so you'd think she'd know that Hispanics aren't monolithic. Why should Cuban-Americans be moved to vote for Mexican-American issues?

6. Beth Reinhard, of course, isn't looking at things beyond a superficial level. For instance, does Rick Perry do what he does because he's "liberal"? Of course not. I have embedded a $ecret me$$age in thi$ $entence. If Beth Reinhard can figure that out she might be able to start offering more reality-based coverage.

For the facts about this issue, come on by my site for thousands of posts about immigration since 2002.

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* FROM nationaljournal.com/politics/jeb-bush-calls-perry-s-tuition-breaks-for-
illegal-immigrants-children-fair--20110927

If you see Beth Reinhard in the byline, you know it's wrong. She'll mislead and take one side of an issue, without properly representing the other side.

The policy that Jeb Bush, Mario Lopez, and Perry support lets illegal aliens deprive U.S. citizens of college. Every college slot or discount given to an illegal alien is one that was taken away from a U.S. citizen.

I even have a video illustrating how that works. It's such simple math that even Beth Reinhard should be able to understand it (remove the spaces around the dot):

24ahead . com/s/dream-act

If Beth Reinhard were a real reporter, she'd print what Jeb Bush, Mario Lopez, and Perry say on this issue *and* quiz them about the impacts of their policy on Americans. Obviously, she didn't and won't do that.

Discussing the other misleading parts of this are left as an exercise.

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* FROM theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/09/
jeb-bush-sides-with-perry-on-tuition-breaks-for-illegal-immigrant-kids/245831/

Beth Reinhard is misleading, and considering that many others have also misled in the same way I suspect it's intentional.

The law Perry signed wasn't exactly for the "children of illegal immigrants". It was for *those who are themselves illegal aliens*. Parents and children can have different statuses. I suspect that hacks like Reinhard use their misleading formulation to a) include "children" in there to engender sympathy and b) make people think the children might be U.S. born and thus citizens despite the opposite being the case.

Maybe Reinhard would care to spill the beans and tell us where she got that formulation. (Fat chance of that happening).

Another thing Reinhard will never do is really press Jeb Bush or other leaders on the impacts of such bills. Things like the DREAMAct (state or national) let illegal aliens deprive some citizens of college:

24ahead.com/s/dream-act

Anyone who supports the DREAMAct is turning their backs on their fellow citizens, and we should return the favor.

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* FROM nationaljournal.com/2012-presidential-campaign/
is-romney-s-immigration-stance-old-news-or-a-potential-vulnerability--20110930

Romney didn't really "fire" anyone: he didn't "employ" the company. He had a contract with the company which he ended. It's interesting how those like Beth Reinhard imply (sometimes intentionally) that Romney had an employer-employee relationship with the illegal aliens, when that's not the case. He probably would have been in legal trouble if he'd inquired about the status of the landscaping company's workers.

Of course, such niceties mean nothing to an MSM heckbent on supporting, enabling, or encouraging illegal activity.

P.S. Maybe one day Reinhard will explain how Perry's position is "moderate". A policy designed to support cheap labor and reduced wages for American workers doesn't sound too "moderate" to me, but I don't have access to an MSM styleguide.