The Capitol press corps has been perpetuating the immigration policy mythology that Democrats have always been for helping children of illegal immigrants by not providing key context.
That missing context? Democrats passed a ban on state services for illegals when they controlled both chambers of the Legislature in 2006.
The Colorado Observer is out with a must-read analysis piece that chronicles the evolution of Colorado Democrats from immigration hard-liners to immigration doves.
Just a few short years ago in Colorado, Democrats too were leading the legislative charge against illegal immigration – a fact that has been largely absent from most media reporting on the subject.
Colorado’s mainstream media rarely describes the coming year’s fight over same-sex union legislation without describing its unceremonious death in the past. But a TCO review of recent news related to the debate over in-state tuition for undocumented students failed to uncover a single occasion in which reports mentioned that a Democrat-controlled Colorado legislature was responsible for enacting the state law that bars illegal aliens from receiving most public benefits.
Based on coverage of the in-state tuition debate, few Coloradans would guess that just over six years ago, Colorado State House Speaker Andrew Romanoff (D-Denver), and State Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald (D-Golden) joined forces to pass an illegal immigration enforcement bill that was described in the Washington Post as “the toughest in the nation.”
TCO’s piece takes a direct direct shot at the state Capitol press for never…and we mean never…reporting that it was a Democratic-controlled House and Senate 7 years ago that enacted the sweeping ban on state services for undocumenteds in Colorado.
In 2006, the Democratic-controlled Legislature passed a law banning public benefits to illegal immigrants. It required proof of citizenship before receiving public benefits, declaring that the law was “necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and safety.” (HB06S-1023)
The coverage of Senator Michael Johnston’s latest play for giving in-state tuition to undocumented high school students was riddled with this omission.
The Durango Herald‘s Joe Hanel…a normally fair-minded reporter…was guilty of this big time.