This section of DiscoverTheNetworks focuses on celebrities, activists, legislators, news reporters, media personalities, and many others who are reluctant to say anything even mildly critical of illegal immigrants, and who pander to the open-borders lobby that aims to secure amnesty for illegals and a cessation of all future border-control measures.
Political correctness was in high gear in the spring of 2006, when the mainstream media presented the massive pro-amnesty demonstrations that were sweeping the nation as rallies on behalf of "immigration" or "immigrants' rights" -- with nary a mention of the fact that the people on whose behalf the events had been organized were in fact illegal aliens. The Washington Post euphemistically referred to the protesters as “pro-immigration demonstrators.” New York Times reporters described an event in Madison, Wisconsin as a “rally for immigrants’ rights,” and only later mentioned the fact that many of the protesters were "undocumented immigrants who speak no English."
New York Times reporters also wrote, in blatant advocacy, that pro-illegal immigration spokesman Alfonso Zepeda-Capistran, "along with the encouragement of community activists ... helped immigrants in the Madison area, many of whom had lived in the shadows of their illegal status for years, find their voice." And those illegals, said the Times, "showed they weren't afraid to speak out for their rights."
The immigration rallies of 2006 were initially organized to oppose the House immigration bill known as H.R. 4437, sponsored by Republican Jim Sensenbrenner, whose intent was to make it a felony for anyone to reside in the United States illegally, or for anyone "to assist, encourage, direct, or induce [any illegal alien] to enter or remain in the country." During the protests, Rachel Swarns of the New York Times wrote that Sensebrenner’s counterparts on the Senate Judiciary Committee had “voted to eliminate the provisions that would criminalize illegal immigrants” -- as if she were unaware that the immigrants in question already were criminals, by virtue of the fact that they had violated U.S. immigration laws. Likewise, CNN, CBS, and the Washington Post (among others) reported that the Sensebrenner bill, if it had passed, would have “criminalized” undocumented workers.
“Some immigrant advocates [are beginning] to hail what they describe as the beginnings of a Hispanic civil rights movement,” The New York Times said amid the wave of pro-amnesty rallies. Marching protesters sang the Civil Rights anthem “We Shall Overcome” in Spanish. In D.C., Ted Kennedy (whom the L.A. Times described as “a stalwart of the civil rights movement”) invoked Martin Luther King, Jr.:
“More than four decades ago, near this place, Martin Luther King called on the nation to let freedom ring. Freedom did ring — and freedom can ring again.”
Fabian Rodríguez, who spoke at a rally in Atlanta, declared: “We are in a situation that Rosa Parks was in several years ago: enough is enough.... I want things to work out in our favor, or we go back to our country.... But we can't keep living the way it is now.” Rodríguez's fellow Atlanta demonstrators, it should be noted, were, at that time, actively lobbying Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to refrain from signing a bill that would have required adults seeking many state-administered, taxpayer-funded benefits to prove that they were legal residents of the United States. In other words, the demonstrators were fighting for their “right” to continue to collect welfare without even pretending to be American citizens.
Among the most influential mouthpieces of political correctness as regards "immigrant rights" are members of the Religious Left, who commonly issue calls for a "compassionate" approach to immigration policies. According to Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners magazine: "Immigration [reform] is for us a religious issue. It's what God wants and expects.... Immigration policy is clearly broken and must be fixed. So let's fix it, but with compassion. The Bible tells us again and again about the need to care for the stranger in our midst."
In a similar spirit, Rev. Dan Soliday, CEO of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, says: "Our current system is unhealthy for our immigrants, for our economy and for our values. Despite differing theological and doctrinal perspectives, groups sharing a common Judeo-Christian heritage are uniting to challenge our lawmakers to create an immigration policy characteristic of a faithful people -- compassionate, just, respectful of human dignity and valuing family bonds."
"How we deal with the immigrant is not just a matter of political will, or legislative acumen," says Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. "At the end of the day, how we deal with the immigrant is a diagnostic of the spiritual health of our nation.... Churches across this country are preparing to provide sanctuary for those seeking protection from egregious actions against their welfare and families."