The Denver Post's Karen E. Crummy misleads about Sam Zamarripa
Posted Sun, Jul 16, 2006 at 7:39 am
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. Crummy's lead disingenuously described Zamarripa as "A Georgia state senator who helped draft a law that cracks down on illegal immigrants." More precisely, Zamarripa earned the praise of the former Mexican consul in Atlanta for successfully working to weaken the law after it was apparent that it could not be defeated.He also takes a PIIPP by Karen AugAS to task.
Crummy did not inform readers that Zamarippa has served on the board of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, a pro-illegal alien lobby, that Zamarippa has pushed for giving driver's licenses to illegal aliens, and that he is a founder and director of Banco Unido, a bank that has been criticized for making mortgage loans to illegal aliens.
Yet Crummy wrote: "Although Zamarripa helped refine Georgia's illegal-immigration law, he didn't vote for the final measure." Her phrasing created the false impression that Zamarripa was a something other than Georgia's leading opponent of restrictions on illegal immigration...