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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal

New York Times Validates the Trump Immigration Narrative

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I just read an article published by the New York Times that fuels the anti-immigrant fire lit by Donald Trump's presidential announcement. The article was titled: ‘They Keep Finding Bodies’: Gang Violence in Long Island Town Fuels Immigration Debate, painting the distorted picture of immigrants coming to the United States from Central America like locusts wreaking havoc on a small "hardscrabble" American town, ironically a mere 40 miles from Manhattan where Trump built his empire and made his announcement.

To punctuate Mr. Trump's narrative, the New York Times tells a story of murdered teenagers, their battered bodies found by an elementary school, with more carnage discovered in a woods near a psychiatric hospital. The only thing missing from the article was an image of immigrants donning Jason Voorhees masks jumping a Hillary Clinton sponsored southern border fence. Of course local police are completely helpless to deal with the immigrant populated MS-13 gang who are responsible for over a dozen murders. They explain that children are terrorized, and the Times was careful to illustrate that the root cause is believed to be an increase in Central American immigrants resulting in an explosion of gang violence.

In short, the Times may have well just written: "they're not sending their best. They're not sending you. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime." The Times' conveniently adopted narrative plays right into the anti-immigrant, nativist and racist xenophobia that Trump has made the cornerstone of his Presidential campaign, and that the newspaper has widely condemned, mocked, and ridiculed.

Coincidentally, within the last week, the Times editorial board opined in their explanation of why Donald Trump should not be President that "Whatever his gyrations, Mr. Trump always does make clear where his heart lies — with the anti-immigrant, nativist and racist signals that he scurrilously employed to build his base." Apparently, the cold hypocritical heart of the Gray Lady is also filled with anti-immigrant, nativist and racist xenophobia that has been scurrilously employed to try to rebuild its dwindling subscription base.

But remember boys and girls, it is only anti-immigrant, and racistly nativist xenophobia when a Republican defames immigrants. Democrats get a pass. (At least from the New York Times.)

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