Fox Nation Falsely Equates "Amnesty" With Pathway To Earned Citizenship
Fox Nation falsely equated "amnesty," a term shown to produce negative reactions, with a pathway to earned citizenship for undocumented immigrants. In fact, a pathway to earned citizenship would require immigrants illegally in the U.S. to meet a number of requirements before applying for citizenship.
On April 24, Attorney General Eric Holder delivered a speech  to the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund in which he said, "creating a pathway to earned citizenship" for undocumented immigrants is "a matter of civil and human rights." Fox Nation highlighted  the speech under the headline "Holder Calls Amnesty a 'Civil Right.' " In its post, however, Fox Nation reported that Holder said "creating a 'pathway to earned citizenship' was a 'civil right.' "
Fox Nation equated "amnesty" with a pathway to earned citizenship, but the two are not the same. To get on a pathway to earned citizenship , undocumented immigrants would have to face a number of hurdles, including completing a registration process, paying fines and taxes, and studying English.
Indeed, the comprehensive immigration reform proposal  introduced in the Senate on April 17 by a bipartisan group of senators includes numerous  conditions undocumented immigrants must meet before they can apply for citizenship, along with waiting a minimum of 13 years. That legislation has been repeatedly attacked  by conservative media as "amnesty," even though immigration experts dispute  the claim.