The largest Spanish-speaking U.S. news outlet has doubled down on its commitment to bullying the U.S. into welcoming as many Hispanic immigrants as possible, reports the Los Angeles Times.
“The Republican Party has been complaining lately about how some Latino journalists, including me, only ask them about immigration,” anchor Jorge Ramos wrote in an “open letter” to Republicans. “That is correct, but what Republicans don’t understand is that for us, the immigration issue is the most pressing symbolically and emotionally, and the stance a politician takes on this defines whether he is with us or against us.”
Ramos’ attitude is par for the course when it comes to Hispanic media.
“We have more responsibility than other journalists. We are a part of this community, and we have a responsibility to support our people and to help to integrate them,” said Juan Varela, vice president for content at ImpreMedia, a company which distributes Spanish newspapers in the U.S.
“If the Spanish-language media has five minutes to talk to a presidential candidate about anything, they will talk about immigration,” added Martin O’Malley advisor Gabriela Domenzain, a former producer for Univision.
Absent in the discussion of Hispanic immigration are important specifics.
Republicans never ask Univision: how many immigrants should the U.S. accept until you’re no longer “against us?” The LA Times mentions in brief the figure “11 million” to describe the number of illegal aliens living in the U.S., a figure which never changes despite waves of unaccompanied alien minors surging across the Southern border, foreigners who overstay their visas, and illegals who return after multiple deportations.
Ramos made his position clear during a recent interview with conservative author Ann Coulter: He doesn’t support any limits on immigration whatsoever.
“As long as you have people here who need immigrants and workers and as long as you have workers needing a job, they’re going to be coming here. It’s an economic situation,” he told Coulter. In other words, so long as the U.S. creates jobs, it has an obligation to welcome poor, uneducated foreign workers who may send their earnings back to Mexico while relying on the American welfare state to keep them afloat.
Mexico has a vested interest in keeping the flow of some $20 billion in annual remittances from the U.S. going, since it allows corrupt elites to both dump their countrymen onto the U.S. and keep the economy afloat without any reforms on their part. But most Mexicans are united in their antipathy towards the U.S.: According to a Zogby poll, 58 percent of Mexicans believe that the American Southwest belongs to them.
Thus the Mexican government engages in unceasing efforts to undermine U.S. sovereignty, as City Journal explained in 2005:
The decision about who can enter and permanently reside in a country is central to its identity… Mexican officials here and abroad are involved in a massive and almost daily interference in American sovereignty… The millions [of illegal immigrants] radiating outward from Los Angeles across the country, are not a naturally occurring phenomenon, like the tides. They are there thanks in part to Mexico’s efforts to get them into the U.S. in violation of American law, and to normalize their status once here in violation of the popular will. Mexican consulates are engineering a backdoor amnesty for their illegal migrants and trying to discredit American immigration enforcement—activities clearly beyond diplomatic bounds.
The article goes on to note that legal immigration from Mexico has virtually ground to a halt. Only ten years ago, 80 percent of all Mexicans living in the U.S. were illegal aliens. Now, as Ian W. Smith notes in an op-ed for The Hill, more than half of all illegals present in the U.S. are Mexican. They could number as many as 15 million, considering that the total amount of illegals living in the U.S. likely numbers at least 30 million.
Extreme amnesty proponents like Ramos cloak their advocacy for unlimited immigration in economic appeals. What they want, however, and what Republicans have so far failed to hold them to account for, is to flex their national power at America’s expense.
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