Racist Group Plies Journalists With Honors, Cash

Steven T. Jones and Sarah Phelan are reporting (San Francisco Bay Guardian online, 6/19/09) on San Francisco Chronicle immigration reporter Jaxon Van Derbeken’s acceptance of “an award and cash prize (he refuses to say how much) from the Center for Immigration Studies–which a Southern Poverty Law Center report in February 2009 criticized for its overtly racist roots and extreme anti-immigrant agenda”: Van Derbeken and Ken Conner, the Chron‘s assistant managing editor for news (whom the reporter consulted before accepting the award), told the Guardian that they see nothing wrong with accepting the award and they don’t see it as validating […]


Immigrants Stealing the Stimulus?

That’s what USA Today seems to think–and it’s a message that CNN anchor Lou Dobbs unsurprisingly latched on to as well. The factoid was born at the right-wing Center for Immigration Studies, which released a report saying that 300,000 construction jobs created by the stimulus package would go to undocumented immigrants. That report found its way to USA Today on March9 (“Illegal Immigrants Might Get Stimulus Jobs, Experts Say”). The paper made it seem like this conclusion was not at all controversial– “experts on both sides of the issue” agree. But that seemed a stretch: The pro-immigrant source, Jorge-Mario Cabrera […]