Cal Thomas distorted the meaning of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's recent comments that a House immigration bill "is certainly not in keeping with my understanding of the Scripture, because this bill would literally criminalize the Good Samaritan and probably even Jesus himself."
A Washington Times editorial claimed that opponents of a recent House immigration bill have "disingenuously charged" that, under the bill, "anyone who helps an illegal immigrant would be considered a felon." But the bill explicitly includes under "criminal offenses" any person who knowingly "assists, encourages, directs, or induces" an illegal alien to "reside in or remain in the United States." So while courts would ultimately have to determine the scope of the conduct proscribed under the bill, critics -- including prominent religious leaders -- can hardly be accused of "disingenuous[ness]" for citing its plain language.
Bill O'Reilly falsely attacked New York Times columnist Paul Krugman for "writing about illegal immigrants" but refusing to "put the word 'illegal' in there." In fact, the portion of Krugman's March 27 column that O'Reilly read referred to all immigrants, not only those here illegally. Later in his column, Krugman referred specifically to "illegal immigrants," "illegal immigration," and "an illegal immigrant."
Rush Limbaugh stated that Mexican immigrants who illegally enter the United States are "a renegade, potential[ly] criminal element" that is "unwilling to work."
Fox News' Sean Hannity accused Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of "hypocrisy" on illegal immigration because of her criticism of a recently passed House immigration bill, which she said "would literally criminalize the Good Samaritan and probably even Jesus himself." Hannity said: "But this is the same lady that said, 'Oh, I'm against illegal immigration.' That's just such hypocrisy." Hannity claimed her criticism made her a hypocrite when it comes to opposing illegal immigration, when, in fact, she has supported other immigration reform bills.
In a segment on recent protests against proposed immigration restrictions, Glenn Beck stated that Mexico "has been overtaken by lawbreakers from the bottom to the top," adding, "And now what you're protesting for is to have lawbreakers come here."
A Newsweek article regarding Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's (D-NY) criticism of a recent immigration bill suggested that Clinton was seizing on the opportunity to inject religion into the debate. In fact, numerous religious leaders have leveled similar criticism at sponsors of legislation that would critics say would punish "good Samaritans."
On Hannity & Colmes, co-host Sean Hannity falsely claimed that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) "says immigration reform is un-Christian." Hannity & Colmes later aired footage of a March 22 press conference in which Clinton condemned specific legislation, H.R. 4437 -- not "immigration reform" -- that opponents contend would subject private citizens and charitable organizations to prosecution if they offer any assistance to illegal immigrants.
Lou Dobbs posed this question in his nightly poll: "Which do you believe Senator Hillary Clinton is most out of touch with?"
Discussing immigration legislation, Brit Hume asked: "Is it fair to say the Republicans want these people to stay here so they can work, and Democrats want them to stay here so they can vote?"
During a discussion on illegal immigration on his nationally syndicated radio show, Bill O'Reilly cited North Korea as a successful example of border security. Responding to O'Reilly's observation that "[n]obody gets into North Korea," his guest, the Cato Institute's Daniel T. Griswold, retorted: "Nobody wants to."
MSNBC's Chris Matthews asserted that Spanish-speaking immigrants "sound like ... natural Republicans to me." Matthews also claimed that "everybody knows" that Puerto Rican, Cuban and Mexican immigrants "don't want a big social democracy" and that "[t]hey want free enterprise and entrepreneurialism," citing examples of opening a flower shop or "a bodega."
On NBC's syndicated The Chris Matthews Show, New York Times columnist David Brooks asserted that illegal immigrants come to the United States "with a culture of criminality."
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Responding to a critical Wall Street Journal editorial, CNN's Lou Dobbs announced his support for the Minuteman Project, in which volunteers monitor the U.S.-Mexico border for illegal immigrants.