Neil Munro at Breitbart News caught something in USA Today that frankly admitted what establishment media outlets are eager to hide: That the media-touted amnesty for up to 800,000 ‘DACA’ illegals is actually a ‘dreamer’ amnesty for 3.6 million illegals.
The newspaper wrote January 18:
That number of people whose lives risk being uprooted is not widely known, in large part because so much public attention has been focused recently on 800,000 mostly young DREAMers accepted into the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program …
While many politicians use DREAMer and DACA interchangeably, the terms are “not a distinction without a difference,” said House Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md.
The article’s headline was: “There are 3.6M ‘DREAMers’ — a number far greater than commonly known.”
Many pro-amnesty legislators — and many newspaper outlets — routinely conflate the very different ‘DACA’ and ‘Dreamer’ terms. This conflation allows them to suggest that the Democrats’ huge DREAM Act amnesty for 3.6 million illegals — and eventually, their parents and chain-migration relatives — is a smaller amnesty for the ‘DACA’ illegals, whose estimated population ranges from 670,000 to 800,000
Breitbart News goes on to list how typically liberal news outlets get “confused” and conflate the DACA numbers with the Dreamers:
Breitbart News routinely notes the difference and the scale of two amnesty terms, but many established media outlets routinely ignore or hide the differences.
The Associated Press got the facts wrong on January 18 when it portrayed the “Gang of Six” amnesty for millions of’dreamers’ as a smaller ‘DACA’ amnesty.
They also come as lawmakers struggle to reach a bipartisan deal protecting “dreamers” — around 800,000 people who arrived in the U.S. illegally as children and could be deported without legal protections.
Politico made the same error on declared January 18:
Senate Democrats — furious with Trump for his reversal last week on a bipartisan Senate [Gang of Six] plan to protect 700,000 young immigrants from deportation — have signaled a new willingness to take a harder line.
The “Gang of Six” amnesty would cover far more than just the DACA population, and would even include the illegals’ illegal-immigrant parents. Three reporters at Politico made the error on January 16:
Congressional Democrats face a critical decision this week as negotiations to shield 700,000 young undocumented immigrants from deportation stall: Are they willing to shut down the government to protect Dreamers?
Sometimes, D.C. outlets simply get the terms confused. TheHill.com reported December 23;
About 690,000 immigrants who came to the country illegally as children, known as “Dreamers,” depend on the program to live and work in the United States.
Trump left it up to Congress to find a legislative fix for recipients of the program but, after other priorities got in the way, Congress will not take up a DACA fix until at least January.
The Washington Post was also confused on January 1o:
The Trump administration vowed Wednesday to fight a federal injunction that temporarily blocked its plans to rescind work permits for young undocumented [DACA] immigrants, insisting that Congress must find a solution for those known as “dreamers.”…
That effort was upended late Tuesday, when U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco said the nearly 690,000 DACA recipients must retain their work permits and protection from deportation while a lawsuit challenging the decision to end the program moves forward.
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