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Sunday, November 25, 2007
NewsBusters Hatin' on Illegal Immigrants
Topic: NewsBusters

A pair of NewsBusters took time out from their holiday weekend to throw a little hate in the direction of illegal immigrtants.

A Nov. 24 post by Warner Todd Huston tries to downplay the humanity of immigrants by bashing a California sheriff who had praised an illegal immigrant who had stayed with a pair of accident victims until help arrived. "[T]hat this one illegal did something morally right even while he was breaking our laws, does not erase all the illegalities and law breaking that every other illegal immigrant has done over the last 30 years," Huston snarled. "Nor does it erase the fact that this particular illegal was breaking the law even as he was nice enough to help the little boy and his mother."

Huston then tries to downplay his own hate:

Estrada says that illegals get "demonized." I can agree with that. Sometimes anti-illegal immigrant activists get a bit carried away with how supposedly evil illegal immigrants really are. A dispassionate review of this issue can easily agree that illegals are sometimes overly "demonized." Then the Sheriff says they "do a lot of good." No one is saying all they do is necessarily bad, you know? Illegally immigrating here is the bad thing, but it does not follow that all illegal immigrants are somehow bad people because of it. But, like I said, even if they are basically good people, that inherent goodness does not absolve them of their lawbreaking. 

But if Huston is opposed to "demonizing" illegal immigrants, why is he so worked up about the thought that anyone would praise them?

In a similar vein, a Nov. 24 post by Tim Graham is upset that Mike Huckabee doesn't want to demonize illegal immigrants, complaining that Huckabee "sounded like Hillary" on the issue of "tuition breaks for illegals," an apparent reference to the DREAM Act, which would permit in-state tuition rates for immigrants who arrived illegally in the U.S. as children.

Huckabee said, "If your government at the federal level is so incompetent that it fails to secure the border, you don't then grind your heel into the face of a 6-year-old child over it." Graham apparently has no problem with doing that.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:55 AM EST

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