An "I" and an "F" for The Christian Science Monitor
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It sounded really great:

Don't let immigrants take US jobs Short-term positions filled through immigration should be utilized by Americans. By David R. Francis The Christian Science Monitor February 2, 2010

And it started out so well:

About 15 million Americans are unemployed. Yet Washington allows businesses to bring in about 1 million foreigners a year to take supposedly short-term jobs that many jobless would leap at taking if they could.

The Francis piece is built around work by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) on short term work visas (such as those shamefully exploited by the Publix Supermarket group): the text to a picture of a Jamaican working in a Massachusetts restaurant roundly declares he is

one of 84 Jamaican workers at the inn who come to the United States on H2B visas, or seasonal work visas, that year, a contingent that shouldn't be back this year as Americans look for jobs.

An MSM article spelling out the need for an Immigration Moratorium!!! Well not quite…in fact the word is never mentioned and the article meanders off to talk about the Haitian Amnesty. On this it usefully quotes Mark Krikorian

as far as his organization can find, no previous refugee group granted TPS has ever been deported. Temporary amnesty is in fact permanent.

but reaches no conclusion. Maybe the CSM editors wouldn’t allow one.

Grade: Incomplete.

Which is a whole lot better than

Temporary Protected Status for Haitians: not an amnesty card for illegal immigrants By Michel J Wildes The Christian Science Monitor February 3, 2010

This is a clear F.

The author - not just an immigration lawyer but the son of an immigration lawyer - directly states

Let’s be clear: Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is not an amnesty card for those entering the US illegally.

The reality of course, as Mark Krikorian said the previous day, and as Juan Mann documented here years ago, is that it is indeed effective amnesty. As our friend Federale said at the time

No alien ever given TPS has ever left the U.S. We still have Philippinos in the U.S. from the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in 1991. We still have Hondurans in the U.S. from Hurricane Mitch in 1998. We still have Montserratians in the U.S. because of a volcanic eruption in 1995. No one leaves once they get TPS. There is nothing temporary about TPS. It is nothing more than another way to immigrate to the U.S. permanently

Could it be that Michael J. Wildes assumed from the name of the newspaper he was writing for a bunch of ignorant and stupid peasants?

The rest of his essay is notable for the total lack of consideration he shows for the costs accommodating these Haitians will inflict on Americans.

Ask Michael J Wildes: how he can justify propagating such a blatant falsehood in a major newspaper?

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