Univision’s Crusade on Immigration

Sometimes watching cable news is a tiring endeavor. Seeing the same people yelling, the same old political arguments, and the same accusations can be wearying. Indeed, nowadays there is not actually much news in a cable news show. Instead it is mostly political entertainment.

This blogger has therefore taken to checking out the news on Univision; it is always interesting to get a different perspective than the old cable-news paradigm. While most news does not go outside America, for instance, Univision devotes a substantial amount of coverage to neglected Latin America.

Then there is immigration. Univision is very, very passionate about immigration. This is understandable, given that many of the anchors and much of the audience is composed of immigrants – people who have an profoundly personal stake in the immigration debate. The intensity of their coverage is unmatched even by Fox News.

Univision also does not play coy about whose side it is on. When the news anchors start speaking about SB 1070 – Arizona’s new, extraordinarily harsh anti-immigrant law – one can literally hear the outrage in their voices and see the disgust in their faces. This July was the “Month of Immigration,” and probably half of the news focused on American immigration, especially the latest anti-immigration measures being taken throughout the country.

Indeed, the network can be described as on a crusade to defend immigrants. From a special program titled “Nation of Immigrants” to commercials in which bland-looking bureaucrats urge Hispanics to vote (“don’t let others represent you”), Univision strides with fists raised straight into the immigration altercation. In one news investigation, a Univision journalist reported the story of a migrant farm-worker – who through extraordinary good luck and hard work managed to gain American citizenship. The report was titled “Si Se Puede.” Univision gave the guy a medal.

One wonders how much all of this works. Univision’s reporting, of course, arouses a politically weak constituency that would probably otherwise remain silent. Yet immigration reform also depends upon winning the support of white, suburban America – people who have little contact with immigrants and wish that “they” would stop speaking Spanish.

When Univision covers or helps encourage an immigration protest, this may do more to alienate these people than gain support. From the perspective of a person devoted to politics, a protest composed entirely of Latinos waving non-American flags and shouting in Spanish probably constitutes Fox News’ wet dream. Univision and other advocates of immigration have learned to wave the right flags. From what this individual has seen while watching Univision, they still have to work on yelling in English and getting enough white people to march with them.

On the other hand, perhaps nothing can be done to allay the opposition of white and suburban America. Indeed, the impression one gets most from Univision is that of a society under siege – with Univision as a lonely defender. America is becoming more and more hostile to its immigrants. One sees it in the ever-more conservative laws being passed – in Fremont, Nebraska or Arizona or numerous other states now attempting to copy Arizona. One sees it in the historically high number of deportations this last year, by the Obama administration. One sees it in the overcrowded detention centers housing immigrants, including children and mentally ill patients who are not able to get health care. One sees it in attacks on Latino-Americans in Long Island, or the list of undocumented immigrants released in Utah by a zealous conservative. One sees it, finally, in conservative attempts to change the Constitution so as to deny citizenship to the children of undocumented immigrants.

Out of all the pro-immigration coverage in Univision, one report stood out in particular. The report focused on children – sons and daughters of undocumented immigrants who had the good luck to be born in the United States. Some were marching to Washington, attempting to gain a moratorium on deportations, for fear that their parents would be deported and they would be left effectively orphaned. This was exactly what had happened to one teenager who talked, crying as Univision interviewed him, about how deportations had broken apart his family. If things keep on going the way they are, there will be a lot more people like him.

--Inoljt, http://mypolitikal.com/

 

Univision’s Crusade on Immigration

Sometimes watching cable news is a tiring endeavor. Seeing the same people yelling, the same old political arguments, and the same accusations can be wearying. Indeed, nowadays there is not actually much news in a cable news show. Instead it is mostly political entertainment.

This blogger has therefore taken to checking out the news on Univision; it is always interesting to get a different perspective than the old cable-news paradigm. While most news does not go outside America, for instance, Univision devotes a substantial amount of coverage to neglected Latin America.

Then there is immigration. Univision is very, very passionate about immigration. This is understandable, given that many of the anchors and much of the audience is composed of immigrants – people who have an profoundly personal stake in the immigration debate. The intensity of their coverage is unmatched even by Fox News.

Univision also does not play coy about whose side it is on. When the news anchors start speaking about SB 1070 – Arizona’s new, extraordinarily harsh anti-immigrant law – one can literally hear the outrage in their voices and see the disgust in their faces. This July was the “Month of Immigration,” and probably half of the news focused on American immigration, especially the latest anti-immigration measures being taken throughout the country.

Indeed, the network can be described as on a crusade to defend immigrants. From a special program titled “Nation of Immigrants” to commercials in which bland-looking bureaucrats urge Hispanics to vote (“don’t let others represent you”), Univision strides with fists raised straight into the immigration altercation. In one news investigation, a Univision journalist reported the story of a migrant farm-worker – who through extraordinary good luck and hard work managed to gain American citizenship. The report was titled “Si Se Puede.” Univision gave the guy a medal.

One wonders how much all of this works. Univision’s reporting, of course, arouses a politically weak constituency that would probably otherwise remain silent. Yet immigration reform also depends upon winning the support of white, suburban America – people who have little contact with immigrants and wish that “they” would stop speaking Spanish.

When Univision covers or helps encourage an immigration protest, this may do more to alienate these people than gain support. From the perspective of a person devoted to politics, a protest composed entirely of Latinos waving non-American flags and shouting in Spanish probably constitutes Fox News’ wet dream. Univision and other advocates of immigration have learned to wave the right flags. From what this individual has seen while watching Univision, they still have to work on yelling in English and getting enough white people to march with them.

On the other hand, perhaps nothing can be done to allay the opposition of white and suburban America. Indeed, the impression one gets most from Univision is that of a society under siege – with Univision as a lonely defender. America is becoming more and more hostile to its immigrants. One sees it in the ever-more conservative laws being passed – in Fremont, Nebraska or Arizona or numerous other states now attempting to copy Arizona. One sees it in the historically high number of deportations this last year, by the Obama administration. One sees it in the overcrowded detention centers housing immigrants, including children and mentally ill patients who are not able to get health care. One sees it in attacks on Latino-Americans in Long Island, or the list of undocumented immigrants released in Utah by a zealous conservative. One sees it, finally, in conservative attempts to change the Constitution so as to deny citizenship to the children of undocumented immigrants.

Out of all the pro-immigration coverage in Univision, one report stood out in particular. The report focused on children – sons and daughters of undocumented immigrants who had the good luck to be born in the United States. Some were marching to Washington, attempting to gain a moratorium on deportations, for fear that their parents would be deported and they would be left effectively orphaned. This was exactly what had happened to one teenager who talked, crying as Univision interviewed him, about how deportations had broken apart his family. If things keep on going the way they are, there will be a lot more people like him.

--Inoljt, http://mypolitikal.com/

 

Univision’s Crusade on Immigration

Sometimes watching cable news is a tiring endeavor. Seeing the same people yelling, the same old political arguments, and the same accusations can be wearying. Indeed, nowadays there is not actually much news in a cable news show. Instead it is mostly political entertainment.

This blogger has therefore taken to checking out the news on Univision; it is always interesting to get a different perspective than the old cable-news paradigm. While most news does not go outside America, for instance, Univision devotes a substantial amount of coverage to neglected Latin America.

Then there is immigration. Univision is very, very passionate about immigration. This is understandable, given that many of the anchors and much of the audience is composed of immigrants – people who have an profoundly personal stake in the immigration debate. The intensity of their coverage is unmatched even by Fox News.

Univision also does not play coy about whose side it is on. When the news anchors start speaking about SB 1070 – Arizona’s new, extraordinarily harsh anti-immigrant law – one can literally hear the outrage in their voices and see the disgust in their faces. This July was the “Month of Immigration,” and probably half of the news focused on American immigration, especially the latest anti-immigration measures being taken throughout the country.

Indeed, the network can be described as on a crusade to defend immigrants. From a special program titled “Nation of Immigrants” to commercials in which bland-looking bureaucrats urge Hispanics to vote (“don’t let others represent you”), Univision strides with fists raised straight into the immigration altercation. In one news investigation, a Univision journalist reported the story of a migrant farm-worker – who through extraordinary good luck and hard work managed to gain American citizenship. The report was titled “Si Se Puede.” Univision gave the guy a medal.

One wonders how much all of this works. Univision’s reporting, of course, arouses a politically weak constituency that would probably otherwise remain silent. Yet immigration reform also depends upon winning the support of white, suburban America – people who have little contact with immigrants and wish that “they” would stop speaking Spanish.

When Univision covers or helps encourage an immigration protest, this may do more to alienate these people than gain support. From the perspective of a person devoted to politics, a protest composed entirely of Latinos waving non-American flags and shouting in Spanish probably constitutes Fox News’ wet dream. Univision and other advocates of immigration have learned to wave the right flags. From what this individual has seen while watching Univision, they still have to work on yelling in English and getting enough white people to march with them.

On the other hand, perhaps nothing can be done to allay the opposition of white and suburban America. Indeed, the impression one gets most from Univision is that of a society under siege – with Univision as a lonely defender. America is becoming more and more hostile to its immigrants. One sees it in the ever-more conservative laws being passed – in Fremont, Nebraska or Arizona or numerous other states now attempting to copy Arizona. One sees it in the historically high number of deportations this last year, by the Obama administration. One sees it in the overcrowded detention centers housing immigrants, including children and mentally ill patients who are not able to get health care. One sees it in attacks on Latino-Americans in Long Island, or the list of undocumented immigrants released in Utah by a zealous conservative. One sees it, finally, in conservative attempts to change the Constitution so as to deny citizenship to the children of undocumented immigrants.

Out of all the pro-immigration coverage in Univision, one report stood out in particular. The report focused on children – sons and daughters of undocumented immigrants who had the good luck to be born in the United States. Some were marching to Washington, attempting to gain a moratorium on deportations, for fear that their parents would be deported and they would be left effectively orphaned. This was exactly what had happened to one teenager who talked, crying as Univision interviewed him, about how deportations had broken apart his family. If things keep on going the way they are, there will be a lot more people like him.

--Inoljt, http://mypolitikal.com/

 

On Cinco de Mayo, we have music and games in support of Arizona's immigrants

From the Restore Fairness blog.

By the time I get to Arizona…By the time I get to Arizona….

What happens if you get to Arizona and you are stopped by the cops there and you don’t have any ID on you? Once the new anti-immigrant law, SB1070, comes into effect, its likely you will be detained. DJ Spooky and Public Enemy’s Chuck D think that’s ridiculous and take a stab at what that might be like. Both of them felt strongly about the ways in which such a law engenders racism and decided to rework the classic Public Enemy protest song, “By the Time I Get to Arizona”, originally written to protest the Arizona state government’s 1993 decision not to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. This time around, the lyrics reflect their discontent at “those who don’t learn from the past with DJ Spooky seeing it as a “21st century look in the rear view mirror”. Check out the catchy tune.

Chuck D and his wife Theresa aren’t far behind. The rapper condemns the architect of the law Russell Pearce, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and the Arizona State Senate for supporting a law that he calls “racist and deceitful.” Chuck D, known for his socially and politically-conscious style of rapping and for trying to bridge the racial gap between “black and brown” makes-

a call to action urging fellow musicians, artists, athletes, performers, academics and production companies to refuse to work in Arizona until officials not only overturn this bill, but recognize the human rights of immigrants.

He also calls on the world of sports to “speak up in defense of our brothers and sisters being victimized in Arizona, because things are only getting worse.” And the world of sports, a space that often stays well away from politics, has spoken, with players, sports associations and teams calling the law unjust. A number of Major League Baseball (MLB) players have taken a stand against Arizona’s new law, calling it an “immoral” violation of human rights. On Cinco de Mayo, the NBA team, the Phoenix Sons, made a statement against SB1070 by wearing special jerseys that had their team name written in Spanish, “Los Suns”, for a big game against the San Antonio Spurs. The jerseys, usually reserved for a once a year occasion on the NBA’s “Noche Latina” program were worn to make a political statement.

In announcing the Suns would wear their Spanish jerseys for Game 2 against the San Antonio Spurs — which falls on the Mexican holiday known as Cinco de Mayo — Suns owner Robert Sarver went out of his way to knock Arizona’s controversial immigration enforcement law known as Senate Bill 1070.

The young Latina pop sensation Shakira, who has met with White House officials to talk about immigration issues and even got an exclusive meeting with President Obama to lobby for children’s education, was quick to fly to Phoenix to offer her support to Latino families that were suddenly fearful for themselves after the passage of SB1070. In an emotional and heartfelt piece in the Huff Post, she writes-

To the rest of the world, the United States represents the dream of a better life based on justice and freedom for everyone — no matter the color of your skin. This law goes against those values and against the principles of every American I know…This law not only hurts the whole state of Arizona but the fundamental core values of America, the fabric of society itself. The true victory of a democratic nation is when its people can walk the streets without fear… This law won’t bring safety or protect America; it will cause chaos. It won’t create unity; it will create division.

Her words found resonance in Nobel Peace prize winner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who expressed his deep sadness at the passage of the Arizona law that targets immigrants. Recognizing the fact that Arizona suffers from a broken immigration system he said-

A solution that fails to distinguish between a young child coming over the border in search of his mother and a drug smuggler is not a solution…An immigrant who is charged with the crime of trespassing for simply being in a community without his papers on him is being told he is committing a crime by simply being…These are the seeds of resentment, hostilities and in extreme cases, conflict…With the eyes of the world now on them, Arizona has the opportunity to create a new model for dealing with the pitfalls, and help the nation as a whole find its way through the problems of illegal immigration. But to work, it must be a model that is based on a deep respect for the essential human rights Americans themselves have grown up enjoying.

Let’s hope that all these efforts in the name of dignity, human rights, equality and peace do not fall on deaf ears. Write to President Obama and let him know the need for immigration reform now.

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Sponsor of SB1070 doesn't understand it. The Daily Show does (and doesn't like it)

From the Restore Fairness blog.

Three simple images. Dora, Eric from Chips, and a serial killer. Now guess – who looks “reasonably suspicious” of not having papers and therefore should be stopped and questioned by the Arizona police as per it’s new law, SB1070?

That’s the question Daily Show host Jon Stewart asked on the show last night, referencing the images above. Calling out the “draconian new immigration law” for being an affront to democracy by requiring people to carry their documents on them, he likened it to a time in the pre-civil rights era when newly freed black slaves were required to carry IDs. Jokes apart, the staged sketch gave us a little taste of what life could be like if SB1070 was, in fact, enforced in Arizona. It was the same question posed to Governor Jan Brewer, when signing the bill into law, to which she replied, “I don’t know what an undocumented immigrant looks like?”

Confusion around the bill is rife. In an interview on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, co-sponsor of the bill Senator Huppenthal agreed that it would be racial profiling were officers to check the status of someone based on “reasonable suspicion”, thereby going against the statute of the bill that he signed into law. About 8 mins. into the clip, Chris Matthews asks Senator Huppenthal -

Under the law you passed and was signed by the governor this week, can a police officer who spots a car with five or six people in it, who he thinks because of instinct, experience, whatever, evidence, whatever you use— can he stop that car and say, I think these people are here illegally, I‘m going to stop and check them?  Can he under the law do that, without any crime involved?  Can he do that?

After hedging the question, Senator Huppenthal answered-

You know, the racial profiling was illegal before this bill. It‘s illegal after it.  The bill itself makes it illegal…No, he cannot.  That would be – that would just simply be racial profiling, and that would not be permitted under the law.

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Since its passage, civil rights groups, advocacy groups and President Obama have critiqued SB1070 for practically mandating racial profiling and violating fundamental notions of fairness. Clearly, when its co-sponsors cannot articulate its impact, then its effects will be even more adverse. These are already being felt on Arizona’s economy and tourism as calls for an economic boycott come to light, even as Governor Brewer continues to deny any wrongdoing. Meanwhile Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon has taken a strong opposition stand to what he considers an unconstitutional and unenforceable law, including approaching the Phoenix City Council to give their support to a lawsuit filed by the city of Phoenix to prevent the laws implementation because of its effects on civil rights and costs associated with its wrongdoings.

SB1070 is going to have ripple effects. For the state of Arizona, for its potential copycat effect across the nation, and for the ideals of equality and justice. Take action now and stop this dangerous law from being implemented.

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