Jose DelReal makes Politico immigration coverage even worse

Politico's immigration coverage is already very bad, but their reporter Jose DelReal is apparently working at making it even worse.

For example, DelReal [1] offers "States boost immigration action" ( ) which contains this:

The National Conference of State Legislatures report, released Tuesday, documents a 64 percent increase in state-level immigration legislation; in all, 2013 saw a total of 437 laws and resolutions passed on immigration, compared to 267 in 2012... Many of the bills included in the figure are intended to bring about needed reforms in states where the flawed immigration system weighs most heavily. The report shows that eight states have expanded driver’s license eligibility rules to include undocumented residents in the last year, while an additional four states have enacted legislation that gives undocumented students in-state tuition for local colleges.

The "needed reforms" part is editorializing, even with the preceding "intended". His reference to the "flawed immigration system" is even a more clear example of editorializing. His sentence is a long way of saying "the system is broken", a false talking point that's a favorite of those who support mass and/or illegal immigration. The problem isn't so much with our laws, but with the corrupt politicians that seek to undercut enforcement of those laws though things like sanctuary cities.

DelReal presents giving drivers licenses to illegal aliens as one of those "needed reforms". See the link for all the many downsides of such laws. Rather than being a "needed reform", it's a controversial issue that most Americans oppose. That holds true even in California, El Paso, and New York state.

DelReal also presents giving college slots or discounts to illegal aliens as a "needed reform". Perhaps he should tell that to the American students who won't be able to attend college. The number of applicants will always exceed the number of college slots or discounts that are available. Thus, by very simple arithmetic, every college slot or discount given to an illegal alien is one that was taken away from an American. See the DREAM Act page for more, including a video illustrating that process.

And, of course, there's also the use of "undocumented" instead of the legally-correct term "illegal aliens". That might be more due to Politico's warped style guide than DelReal.

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[1] Per his Politico bio, he's "a POLITICO fellow­ covering breaking news. He is a graduate of Harvard College, where he reported on politics for The Crimson. Prior to joining Politico, Jose was an editorial assistant at Boston Review. He got his start in journalism as a freelancer for the Anchorage Daily News and previously interned at The New Republic." His Harvard stint was from September 2009 to February 2012 per his LinkedIn profile. In the summer of 2011, a Jose A. Delreal-Perez served as an intern for Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska ( According to a commenter at Politico they're the same person, but that hasn't been confirmed.