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Is the problem with the press or the truth?

February 9, 2015

According to the President, there are no significant terrorism threats to the U.S. Any reports to the contrary are just revenue-driven hype of the “if it bleeds it leads” variety, meant to increase ratings.

That’s kind of like saying that if you don’t report on the amount of snowfall in Boston in 2015, it doesn’t exist.

Many news stories don’t involve bloodshed, but they’re still important.

Among the non-bleeding news stories is one that reports that there may be a detour that moved 5.5 million more nonresident workers into the labor force between 2009 and 2014 than the number authorized by Congress. Some of these are here legally but are not supposed to be eligible to receive work authorizations and the residency status of another about 2.8 million is reported as “unknown” or “entered without inspection(EWI)” presumably illegally.

That would help to explain why the IRS is allowing people to file amended tax returns to receive tax refunds retroactively for the past three years. It never made sense that these folks were suddenly going to ‘fess up and file a few million new returns so they could amend them.

It also might explain why many Americans don’t see all this economic recovery the administration is so proud of touting.

Of course that ruffled some Congressional feathers, with Jeff Sessions (R-AL) calling for a full review of this “parallel immigration scheme.”

(Gee, Congressman, how did you think these people who have flooded in over the past few years were supporting themselves? If a private organization can get those figures from a FOIA request, why didn’t you just request them yourself?)

Since the only data available on the number of illegal residents (including those who entered legally but overstayed their visa conditions) comes from the government, it’s impossible to know exactly how many people without legal employment status are actually working in the U.S. One thing is for sure, a lot them suddenly are “able to step out of the shadows” as the President said.

It is kind of a big deal if most of the middle class and minimum wage jobs are going to people that shouldn’t even be here, while American workers are still fighting to pay their bills. It also does a lot to explain what  the political benefit is to pushing a $10-plus minimum wage that reportedly would affect only about 2.6 percent of all the legal workers in the country.

It undeniable that there is a great deal of over-done drivel  in the news media. However, given that it is in no politician’s best interest to tell the truth, somebody’s got to at least ask the questions.

From → op-ed

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