Saturday, August 18, 2007

This just in: US citizen accused of crime!

The Nutosphere continues its crusade to report every crime that involves an illegal immigrant.

They've been at it for a long time, starting with a Memorial Day shooting in 2006 that was commited by someone who turned out to be here legally. It was truly an Emily Litella moment, Jessica McBride blamed the police for providing the wrong info, but she had been claiming, long before any police announcement, that the shooter must have been an illegal.

McBride challenges the news media every time an illegal is found to have committed a crime or even been accused.

Her mentor, Charlie Sykes, does the same.

It seems less about crime than about looking for one more way to fuel anti-immigrant sentiment, using fear. Mr. McBride, Paul Bucher, tried to demagog the issue to victory in his failed race for attorney general, but he couldn't even sell the idea to the conservatives voting in the GOP primary. We are not experiencing an illegal immigrant crime wave. Our guess is that illegals commit fewer violent crimes than US citizens, although we haven't seen any statistics.

Here's a modest proposal:

If the right wing thinks it is so important, and so relevant, for the media to report it every time an illegal immigrant is accused of a crime, let's be fair about it. Crime stories could all include information that identifies the suspect as (a) an illegal immigrant, (b) an alien living here legally, or (c) a US citizen.

The media doesn't single out and identify suspects by race only when they are black. Why should it single out illegal immigrants, unless it is to promote another agenda?


  1. You're guessing that illegals commit fewer violent crimes than US citizens? I thought that was one of your rules.

    Crime stories could include information regarding everyone's status, but why should they? While I give you credit for not calling them "undocumented," I can't figure out what you don't understand about the word "illegal." Legal aliens (and US citizens) are here legally. They deserve different treatment.

    Illegal aliens are just that - illegal. By there very existence in this country, they have broken the laws of our country.

    Reporting that someone is illegal in a crime report is akin to reporting on their prior illegal acts. First time offenders and multiple offenders are always treated differently.