I’m usually not one to give a rat’s backside what the folks over at Fox News have to say, but I couldn’t pass this one up. Apparently the clown show on Fox and Friends flipped out because President Obama had the audacity to quote scripture in his address announcing executive action to temporarily halt deportation actions against some undocumented immigrants.
For those of you who missed the speech last night, the condensed version of his message was that if you are an otherwise law-abiding person who is here but undocumented, we aren’t going to deport you. Of course, this didn’t sit well with conservatives, who conveniently overlook the fact that his actions were similar to St. Ronald Reagan’s 1986 amnesty action.
As usual, it’s OK when a Republican who would be considered a raging Communist by today’s GOP standards grants amnesty to millions of people, but when a moderate Democrat does it, it’s an absolute outrage. It’s even more of an outrage when a president that they have tried over and over again to paint as a Christianity-hating, foreign-born possible Muslim whips out some Bible on them and proceeds to embarrass the religious right. What scripture would that be? Just some straight up Old Testament, and the part they usually skip right over in their rush to condemn gay people and other cherry picking of scripture.
Deuteronomy 10:19 says, “And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.” Yup, you know that had to ruffle some self-righteous, conservative feathers over at Fox. How dare he quote scripture? That’s what conservatives do to justify their mistreatment of the same people they count on to pick their vegetables, mow their lawns and work construction sites for a mere fraction of what they would have to pay a documented worker. How dare he treat them like they deserved the same treatment that people who had the fortune of ending up in the United States simply by being born here instead of risking life and limb in the pursuit of the American Dream? How dare President Obama treat undocumented immigrants like *gasp* humans and invoke the Bible? Oh, the outrage! Tucker Carlson took it especially hard:
His use of scripture did not sit well with the hosts of Fox & Friends the next day. Co-host Tucker Carlson called it “repugnant” and argued, “For this guy specifically, the president who spent his career defending late-term abortion, among other things, lecturing us on Christian faith? That’s too much. That is too much.” Elisabeth Hasselbeck attempted to rebut the scripture Obama used with scripture of her own, quoting verses from Proverbs and saying she is “going to get into a scripture-showdown.” According to Hasselbeck, Obama used the Bible to guilt people into supporting his executive action, and that’s “not what the scholars behind the Bible would interpret as proper use, perhaps.” (Source)
Now here’s something that you won’t hear on the Rupert Murdoch propaganda channel. Despite all of the hand-wringing from Fox and the people who tune into their channel every day, undocumented immigration is slowing in the United States, and fewer and fewer of them are coming across the border from Mexico.
Pew estimates there were 11.3 million unauthorized immigrants in the United States in 2013. That figure has been pretty much flat for the past five years, and is down from a peak of 12.2 million in 2007. In other words, more unauthorized immigrants have left the country in the past six years — voluntarily or through deportation — than have arrived.
The slowdown in illegal immigration is partly the result of the weak U.S. economy, and especially the weak home construction industry, which was a major source of jobs for many migrants. But the flow across the Mexican border, in particular, began to slow before the recession, the result of tighter border security and a falling birthrate in Mexico, which meant there were fewer young Mexicans seeking jobs in the United States. (Source)
Yet, all you’ll hear from the right-wing propaganda machine is that people are coming in from Mexico and Latin America to steal all of those jobs that most Americans won’t take. Take for example the fact that after Alabama and Georgia passed harsh anti-immigration laws, crops were literally left to rot because there weren’t any workers to harvest them. None of these economic facts and figures matter to them, because that’s how the Murdoch propaganda channel operates – in utter ignorance of how the real world works.
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