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'But he hasn't got anything on.' LA Times clarifies Obama's deportation record; debunks prevailing myths

By Jeremy Beck, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 12:22 PM EDT

Two and a half years after President Obama told reporters that his deportation statistics were "a little deceptive" and three weeks after DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson confirmed that the current administration's deportation numbers are mostly made up of border apprehensions and are counted differently than in previous administrations, the Los Angeles Times has published an in-depth clarification of Obama's record.

Politico takes a step towards clarity; drops false deportation claim for a day

By Jeremy Beck, Monday, March 17, 2014, 11:01 AM EDT

In my last blog I criticized Politico and reporter Reid Epstein for repeating a false deportation claim without clarification. To be fair, they did not repeat the false claim in their March 13 story, "Obama calls for review of deportations."

Politico's inconsistent clarifications

By Jeremy Beck, Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 3:21 PM EDT

In his March 4 story "National Council of La Raza leader calls Barack Obama 'deporter-in-chief'," Politico reporter Reid Epstein repeated a dubious claim from unspecified "activists" to stand without offering any clarification for readers.

The 'Deporter in Chief' backed into a corner by his own 'deceptive' statistics

By Jeremy Beck, Thursday, March 6, 2014, 10:08 AM EDT

For years the Obama administration has used creative accounting and selective deportation statistics to boost the president's image as an executive dedicated to enforcing Congress' immigration laws. The claim is that Obama had a stronger deportation record than his predecessors. The tactic is part of a strategy to convince the enforcement-first crowd that illegal immigration is a thing of the past and the goal is to pave the way for a mass legalization and doubling of immigration.

California's bread basket vs. water bucket

By Jeremy Beck, Monday, March 3, 2014, 10:04 AM EDT

Rep. David Valadao (CA-21) made his pitch for increasing immigration in "Reforming Immigration to Protect America's Breadbasket, calling for a "worker visa program" to serve agriculture's needs. But he fails to mention the existing worker visa program for the agriculture industry.

New York Times op-ed conflates welcoming immigrants with mass immigration

By Jeremy Beck, Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

Today's "Opinionator" page on the New York Times' website features a column, "Immigrants Welcome Here," by David Bornstein, co-founder of Solutions Journalism Network. But in the piece, Bornstein conflates the importance of welcoming immigrants with a "desperate need" to "pass major immigration reform."

Oft-repeated error in New York Times aids "legalization" movement

By Jeremy Beck, Updated Sunday, February 2, 2014, 8:29 AM EDT

In their January 28 story, "Backing in G.O.P. for Legal Status for Immigrants" for the New York Times, Jonathan Weisman and Ashley Parker provide a nuanced look into the division between the corporatist and populist wings of the Republican Party over immigration. But their good reporting is marred by an inaccurate description of the Senate bill that has the effect (intended or not) of transforming an otherwise well-reported story into an advocacy piece.

Meet the Press touches on immigration: 'Why don't we care more about our people?'

By Jeremy Beck, Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

On Sunday, January 5th, National Economic Council director Gene Sperling and CNBC's Mad Money host Jim Cramer briefly touched on immigration on Meet The Press with David Gregory. Cramer charged that the U.S. government cares more about finding jobs for new foreign workers than for unemployed Americans, and the government data backs him up.

Lawsuit seeks protections for identity thieves

By Jeremy Beck, Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 9:01 AM EDT

A legalized citizen has filed a federal discrimination lawsuit to prevent the state of California from asking job applicants if they have used multiple Social Security numbers, a common sign of identity theft. It's reminiscent of an exchange between Senators Schumer and Grassley during the Senate Judiciary Committee's markup of Schumer's amnesty bill earlier this year.

Belief in bad polls is why media can't understand amnesty failure this year

By Jeremy Beck, Thursday, December 5, 2013, 6:12 PM EDT

The mainstream news media is scrambling to explain why a "comprehensive immigration" bill that they virtually guaranteed would pass didn't. Many reporters and commentators echo the analysis of Molly Ball of the Atlantic who writes that the coalition of advocates for the Senate immigration bill is "no match for the illogic of today's Washington, where political imperatives, voter preferences, and even the desires of moneyed interests are powerless to move House Republicans off a default stance of 'no.'"

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