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Wearing Out the ‘Pathway to Citizenship’

The “Baconator” may be the name of a hamburger at Wendy’s, but it could also be an apt nickname for Washington Post reporter Perry Bacon’s robotic habit of repeating liberal-interest-group boilerplate in a brief immigration story on the paper’s Federal Page. Liberal advocates of amnesty for all illegal immigrants are not described as “liberal,” or as favoring “amnesty.” They are merely pro-pathway-to-citizenship, over and over again:

Groups that favor allowing illegal immigrants a pathway to citizenship heaped criticism Monday on Sen. John McCain (R.), who joined fellow Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl (R) in backing a measure that would add National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border in their state, construct double- and triple-layer fencing along the border and provide additional funding for a number of reforms designed to limit illegal immigration.

America’s Voice, a group that supports giving illegal immigrants a pathway to citizenship, accused McCain, who is facing an August primary challenge from conservative former congressman J.D. Hayworth, of “fighting for his political life” instead of his principles.

But McCain, who was once a champion of creating a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, said he has long called for greater border enforcement. Lawmakers in both parties in Arizona have focused on the issue since the slaying of a rancher last month in which an illegal immigrant is the suspected gunman.

Tim GrahamTim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center, where he began in 1989, and has served there with the exception of 2001 and 2002, when served ...


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