Feds: Migrants Say Univision Helped Shape Belief Amnesty Awaits Them in US
Spanish-language television stations like Univision have helped convince illegal immigrants from Central America that amnesty awaits them across the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a leaked intelligence report that Breitbart Texas obtained.
According to an "elite, law-enforcement sensitive El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC) intel report from July 7, 2014," migrants interviewed by federal officials cited "Univision, Primer Impacto, Al Rojo Vivo, and several Honduran television news outlets for helping shape their perception of U.S. immigration policy."
Months before the White House embarked on a public relations blitz to dissuade Central Americans from making the journey to America, media outlets and newspapers in Central America promoted President Barack Obama's unilateral temporary amnesty program that he enacted in 2012. Because key details were left out of these reports, many migrants believed they would still qualify for amnesty even though recipients had to have been in the United States since 2007.
Jorge Ramos, who anchors various news programs on Univision, has made it his mission to push amnesty legislation, and migrants have been led to believe that Congress will eventually pass some sort of "comprehensive" amnesty bill that would grant amnesty or some type of legal status if they make it to the United States.
In addition, migrants from Central America told federal officials that their family members in the United States, many of whom are themselves illegal immigrants, told them they could cross the border and live in the United States without consequences. And President Barack Obama amplified that message by constantly vowing to ease deportations for illegal immigrants in the "interior" of the United States with executive actions.
Breitbart Texas noted that agencies that make up EPIC include:
the Drug Enforcement Administration; Department of Homeland Security; Customs & Border Protection; Immigration & Customs Enforcement; U.S. Coast Guard; Federal Bureau of Investigation; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; U.S. Marshals Service; Department of Transportation; Internal Revenue Service; U.S. Department of the Interior; National Geospatial–Intelligence Agency; U.S. Department of Defense/IC; Joint Task Force–North; Joint Interagency Task Force–South; Texas Department of Public Safety; Texas Air National Guard; National Guard Counter Narcotics Bureau; Department of State; Bureau of Indian Affairs; Union Pacific Railroad Police; Kansas City Southern Railroad Police; El Paso Police Department; and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.