Observe. The headline above was the one first published by the Washington Post. Note the absence of the word “Illegal” before “immigrants.” The fact is that immigrants have nothing to fear about using food stamps. The headline is fake news–it’s false. It is literally untrue. (The story does suggest that some legal immigrants may be avoiding food stamps out of ignorance, but no evidence is presented to show it.)
That’s not the only thing wrong with the headline, and the story beneath it. This is more “poor, abused illegal immigrant” propaganda. How terrible it is that people living in this country illegally after breaching our borders and immigration laws have to fear being held accountable for living in this country illegally after breaching our borders and immigration laws! The outrage!
A nation of laws enforces its laws. Not enforcing them so as to encourage law breaking is the real outrage.
The Washington Post wasn’t troubled by any of that, though. What caused the paper to change the headline was that highlighting the use of taxpayer funds to pay for food stamps to benefit people who have no right to be in the U.S. might, you know, sort of undermine the intended message of the article, which is to create sympathy for illegal immigrants while seeding opposition to the Trump administration. Can’t have that. So the headline was changed to this…
If you think this is good, ethical, responsible journalism, you are hopeless.
“Undocumented immigrants are never eligible for food stamps, though they may live in a “mixed eligibility” household that does receive them. For instance, it’s not uncommon for undocumented parents to apply for assistance on behalf of their citizen children.”
…who, it should be noted but isn’t, shouldn’t be here either. So legal children of illegal immigrants are going hungry because their illegal parents are avoiding the consequences of breaking our laws? That’s their fault and responsibility, not Donald Trump’s. [ As Glenn Logan’s comment below notes, the original of this post contained an erroneous reference to the Department of Agriculture’s food stamp policies. I regret the mistake, and thank Glenn for flagging it.]
It is episodes like this that make me wonder if those who deny that there is a leftward bias in the media just believe that these muddled and unethical attitudes are objectively correct. Of course a citizen of another country should be able to avoid the legal immigration process, enter the U.S. illegally and receive taxpayer-funded benefits without fear of negative consequences of any kind! What’s the problem?
How did such an illogical and destructive concept take root? I don’t know, but journalists who actively misrepresent the issue are a large part of the answer.