We have been a bit dubious
about Lou Dobbs recently, being particularly concerned by his seemingly careless attitude to bilingualism
So it is only fair to note that his CNN editorial today:Dobbs: Big media hide truth about immigration April 25 2007
is valuable and effective:
the mainstream media are complicit in advancing this thinly veiled blanket amnesty. Instead of asking and answering important questions about why our immigration laws aren`t being enforced and why we`re permitting pervasive document fraud, the national media seem hell-bent on trying to obfuscate the issueâ€¦
Too often, the language of the national media describes illegal immigration as "migration" and illegal aliens as "undocumented immigrants," â€¦The Arizona Republic, for example, used "undocumented immigrant" more than 80 times in 36 separate stories in the past month alone; the term appeared as many as 12 times in one article on "migration," according to our Lexis-Nexis search. At the same time, "illegal alien" appeared a total of only nine times during that span, with seven of the references coming from readers` opinions, one from a quotation and one from an editorialâ€¦
Let`s have a vigorous open debate on illegal immigration in this country, and let`s begin with the facts. Estimates of illegal aliens in this country range from 12 million to 20 million people. Why doesn`t our government know how many there are?
I particularly liked this idea:
...shouldn`t there be an economic impact statement researched and delivered to this Congress, this president and the rest of us before any legislation granting amnesty is even considered?
Nice work, Lou!