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Immigrants living in the country illegally have been blamed for everything from the financial crisis to siphoning money out of the federal stimulus package by Conservative media figures who have turned them into scapegoats, according to a report issued Tuesday.

Those are the conclusions of advocacy group Media Matters, a liberal not-for-profit that monitors what it calls “conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.”

Another favorite target of such criticism, according to the report, is the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, an advocacy group for low-income people, also known as ACORN, which is active in Orlando.

“At best, these scapegoats are tenuously connected to the issues those figures are discussing; at worst, they are entirely unrelated. In some instances, the media linked their scapegoats to major news stories using misleading claims, and in others, they advanced outright falsehoods,” the report said.

Some examples in the report:

The financial crisis has been attributed to excessive lending to undocumented immigrants and to ACORN “bullying” banks into lending to minorities. But the Department of Housing and Urban Development has denied that illegal immigrants held the bad mortgages and the lending program for minorities was smaller than suggested.
Some of the opposition to the expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, also known as SCHIP, centered on claims that the bill would provide health benefits to illegal immigrants. The report says the bill language’s specified that its benefits were for people lawfully residing in the U.S.
Some media reports stated that undocumented immigrants would get tax credits under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, but the bill’s benefits were limited to people with Social Security numbers.

Erikka Knuti, a spokeswoman with Media Matters, said commentators blame immigrants because they can.

“It’s about pointing to those who are disenfranchised as being the villains in these issues,” Knuti said. “It’s a cheap shot.”

13 Thoughts on At last the truth comes out Immigrants being used as scapegoats, group says?
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    September 2, 2011 at 5:23 am


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    J P
    September 2, 2011 at 5:54 am

    You’re confusing “truth” with the “conclusions of a liberal advocacy group.” Media Matters is not a credible source for anything.

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    Bobby Ray
    September 2, 2011 at 6:43 am

    Who better to blame but the humble people that can’t defend themselves because if they speak up, they could be deported! and all of this Scapegoating has caused violence.
    What’s fueling increase in violence against Latinos?

    The poisonous residue of immigrant scapegoating has accumulated in the margins, fueling the rise of hate groups setting their sights on Latinos, regardless of citizenship status.

    In such a polarized environment, where Latinos are racially profiled and immigrants are dehumanized and persecuted as “illegals,” and “criminal aliens,” the hate-filled and the weak-minded will rally to the cause in their own violent way. Only if the new generation of politicians listens to the majority — and those who stand for human rights and legalization continue to push for it — the voices of divisiveness will be truly marginalized.

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    September 2, 2011 at 7:21 am

    ACORN and Media matters are both left wing radical rag websites and groups, if you believe them, I got a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn.

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    September 2, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Yeah, but take them one by one and they are smoke and mirrors. SCHIP for example SPECIFIES that if a parent SAYS the child is legal you can’t ask more than that. Why specify you can’t ask for proof of residence if it isn’t a wink wink nod nod type situation?


    But the education is the HUGEST expense, and ruins our schools, as well.

    If you subsidize something, you get more of it.

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    Red Feather
    September 2, 2011 at 8:07 am

    immigrants are not being used as scapegoats as they are welcome and respect laws, illegals do not. illegals are not used as scapegoats, the truth is what it is, and as someone on here repeatedly says, why would we want to believe a blog. undocumented immigrants-illegals undocumented pharmacist-drug dealer, these people are villains and should be treated as such. you believe what you want to and I will stick to the facts!

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    September 2, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Ahh there’s your problem, you quote a liberal group as if they were telling the truth.

  8. Reply
    September 2, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Where are the facts here, I just see opinion. You poor poor illegal lovers are going to have to come up with something better that that blog ; ) We aren’t’ that stupid, sorry.

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    September 2, 2011 at 9:22 am


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    September 2, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Sorry Paco, you going to have to do better than that, people here aren’t’ that gullible to believe that left wing bull, sorry. But nice try though.

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    September 2, 2011 at 9:35 am

    I can’t believe pro-illegals would stoop this low to even post this dribble, it’ makes them look that much more immature and racist to me.

    That is not a lick of “truth” in that entire article, none, that’s a fact.

  12. Reply
    September 2, 2011 at 9:35 am

    You poor soul I bet you would buy a fake rolex off the street just because someone told you “no its real truly it is believe me I wouldn’t cheat you”.

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    Joel W
    September 2, 2011 at 10:27 am

    A …. BLOG…. in a hispanic newspaper? Now this is sort of like having children with your sister or something. It is also the reason Mexico is corrupt. They feed their own delusions with exactly that sort of chit chat.

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