As LU noted yesterday via ABC News, this Fourth of July witnessed the addition to the U.S. population of 14,000 new citizens. All came to these shores as immigrants willing to undergo the multi-step process of applying for naturalization, which begins with obtaining a green card, then proceeds to filing a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) form N-400, attending a citizenship interview in which applicants are tested on their knowledge of English and American civics, and finally swearing an oath of allegiance.
CNN ran a similar piece, but its take on the event was somewhat different, as is reflected in the tweet it created to tease its article:
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) July 5, 2018
It’s no coincidence that the network chose a family for its tweet, since the family theme is repeated in the article:
The emotionally charged ceremonies, which typically occur in the days before and after Independence Day, mark the end of long journeys and the fulfillment of dreams.
They also coincide with President Donald Trump’s widely condemned policy of separating families at the border. [Emphasis added]
What does the highlighted sentence even mean? Authors Maya Eliahou and Ray Sanchez just got through telling the reader that these new Americans completed “long journeys” to achieve their dream of becoming citizens of this great land, so what is their basis for dragging their grievance with Trump administration policy into the story?
Are the writers genuinely equating the rights of people who played by the rules as a means to becoming American citizens with those who stole across the southern border under the cover of darkness?
The entire issue of family separation would be moot if these border crossers instead followed the laws the family in CNN’s photograph above followed. But that of course would require learning English, pledging allegiance, and generally giving a damn about U.S., all of which are turn-offs to liberals.