It’s clear that this next Washington Post story was written to tug at your heartstrings, as well as undermine support for President Donald Trump’s strict immigrations policies (which actually just involve enforcing the nation’s existing laws… What a concept!)
The Post focuses on the “wave of deportees” being sent back to Mexico, and includes all kinds of details that are supposed to make you feel sorry for them, and angry at Trump.
However, some of these details raise questions you probably aren’t “supposed” to ask, because that would upset the media’s carefully constructed narrative.
Notice how Antonio Olivo describes the deportees:
The deportees stepped off their flight from El Paso looking bewildered — 135 men who had left families and jobs behind after being swept up in the Trump administration’s mounting effort to send millions of undocumented immigrants back to their economically fraught homeland.
As they filed into Mexico City International Airport recently, government employees handed them free ham-and-cheese sandwiches, Mexican ID cards and information directing them to social services in the capital.
Why yes, in Mexico you are expected to posses an “ID card” — isn’t it odd that American liberals find such things so offensive?
And these poor deportees are “bewildered” men forced to leave “families and jobs;” did the Washington Post ever devote this much journalistic energy into writing sympathetically about the victims of illegal alien crimes?
Then the men, who had spent as many as 20 years in the United States before being caught and held in detention for several weeks, walked out into a Mexico many of them barely remember, where job opportunities are scarce and worries about the worst inflation in a decade await them. (…)
More returnees means lower wages for everybody in blue-collar industries such as construction and automobile manufacturing, where competition for jobs is likely to increase, economists say.
Funny thing about that: The influx of illegal aliens over the past twenty years have made some “job opportunities scare” and “competative” for American citizens in their own country — one that they too “can barely remember” but that used to be a lot less “diverse” and “colorful.”
The reporter acknowledges that “the arrivals include convicted felons,” but quickly moves along to say that some of them “ran businesses in the U.S. and did well.”
Really? Did they pay taxes and other remittances? Did their employees get benefits as required by law? How did the run these businesses without Social Security Numbers?
And why didn’t they just become U.S. citizens during all this time?
Readers will probably find themselves rolling their eyes at this and other details of this news report.
Ironically, in order for this story to “work,” Olivo must include some politically incorrect truths:
For instance, Mexico is a pretty miserable place to live. Deportees often find that their “American ways” — that is, their habits of working hard and trying to better themselves — don’t go over very well in their old homeland.
Mexico has also foolishly relied on billions of dollars in remittances for years. Last year, money sent “home” to Mexico from the U.S. was that nation’s second biggest revenue source, at $25 billion last year alone.
We are somberly informed that Trump’s immigration house cleaning could have a “devastating effect” on this “revenue source” — without mentioning that any country that relies on such a bizarre form of “income” should have planned its economy a lot better a long time ago, and is simply reaping what it has sewn (in this case, next to nothing…)
There’s more. Everyone should read this story, but not for the reasons the Washington Post would have hoped. Instead, it provides an eye-opening glimpse into the way the mainstream media constructs its agenda, which is not only anti-Trump. In many ways, even if subconsciously, it is also anti-American.
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