Tomorrow’s launch of the long-planned, Miami-based Fusion television network presents a valuable opportunity to offer an accurate education on U.S. immigration to its announced targeted audience.
We hope that opportunity is not wasted.
Fusion, a joint ABC News-Univision effort aimed at English-speaking Latinos and millenials will feature Univision’s long-time news anchor Jorge Ramos hosting “America with Jorge Ramos” as its flagship program along with what is described as news, sports, humor and satire.
According to various reports from a gushing media force, Univision News president and Fusion CEO Isaac Lee has called on staff to “move beyond the conventional.” Of the planned programming, he says there will be “growing pains,” and that “not everybody will get it and that’s sort of the point.”
The planned programming will be aimed at the young people who don’t normally watch much news says Lee.
Fusion will share new studio space with Spanish-language parent Univision News in suburban Miami. This writer has traveled to the cavernous Univision television complex and despite the fact that it was somewhat of a “D.A. King on trial” format, actually enjoyed the resulting television interview with Jorge Ramos and am happy to be on a first-name basis with a man who seems like a truly “nice guy” with a great staff.
With its stated goal of “breaking barriers,” here’s hoping that management, Ramos and the production staff will not resort to a default “legalization and unlimited immigration is the answer” to America’s raging immigration crisis. One barrier that should be broken is an honest presentation of the facts on immigration to the targeted young audience which is usually bombarded with the concept that having borders and immigration laws is somehow un-American and mean-spirited.
Here’s hoping that someone informs Fusion viewers that with nearly double the number of real, legal immigrants as nation number two, it is Mexico that sends the most legal immigrants to the USA. Every year. What is nation number two? It’s communist China.
Here’s hoping that no matter how unconventionally it is presented, young viewers learn that at more than one million souls each year, the United States brings in more legal immigration than any nation in the world. And that despite too-common assimilation evasion, unemployment, shrinking job prospects and sinking wages, a well-funded coalition of self-serving interests is constantly pushing for a doubling of immigration levels. And legalizing what is presented as “eleven million” victims of borders who scoff at any laws from which they don’t benefit.
Somebody should be allowed to inform the young viewers that employment is directly related to “immigration.” And that on employment recovery, the Wall St. Journal reported that “even if the rate of hiring doubled, it would take more than three years to get employment back to its prerecession level, after adjusting for (non-amnesty) population growth, according to estimates from the Brookings Institution’s Hamilton Project.” (WSJ June 24, 2013)
Whether is with humor, satire or hard news, the millennial viewers should be repeated told of the “one-time” legalization of illegal aliens of 1986 that served to create the current expectation of recurring amnesties and a customized path to American citizenship.
Jorge Ramos makes no secret of the fact that despite his journalism credentials, he is an unapologetic and vocal advocate for another legalization for illegal aliens. On the Fusion amnesty agenda, he has promised action. “We’re going to come out on Oct. 28th, and if the House doesn’t approve immigration reform by then, then there’s going to be a new, very loud voice in Fusion, talking about immigration every single night until immigration reform passes,” Ramos promised in August.
Ramos added that the English-language Fusion is prepared to “own” the immigration story upon October’s launch. “It’s going to be ours from the first hour,” he said. “There’s no question about it.”
Well, here it is, Fusion launch and the Republican-controlled House is not willing to risk the re-election troubles another amnesty would surely produce.
Here’s hoping there is at least a nod toward fairness and balance in the new network’s immigration agenda with the inclusion of at least one in-house or semi-regular fact-savvy, pro-enforcement conservative voice.
Here’s hoping somebody informs the Fusion watchers that nearly half the illegal aliens in the U.S. did not come here illegally. They overstayed temporary visas. That is how most of the 9/11 terrorists were able to remain here.
Here’s hoping that it is regularly pointed out that it is a base insult to the tradition of American immigration to allow illegal aliens to be labeled “immigrants.”
Ramos notes that for Hispanics, immigration is “very emotional.”
Here’s hoping that at least one pro-enforcement American gets to reply to Ramos, on camera: “Yes. It is for all Americans, Jorge.”
It is “sort of the point” and everybody “will get it.”