Javier Zurita

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MRC Latino Intern


A native of Venezuela, Javier Zurita is interning with MRC Latino and the National Journalism Center while he completes his bachelor's degree in Political Science and Latin American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2013, he earned his Associate in Arts degree with highest honors at Miami Dade College, where he served as a Senator in the Student Government Association.

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A Jorge Ramos interview with self-styled socialist and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was the occasion for Univision’s first broaching of the still-developing scandal of Planned Parenthood’s practices in trafficking the body parts of aborted babies, as revealed in a series of undercover videos produced by the Center for Medical Progress.



“California sigue siendo uno de los estados más generosos con los inmigrantes”, fue frase usada por la presentadora de Univision, Satcha Pretto, al anunciar una nueva iniciativa californiana para canalizar 15 millones de dólares del contribuyente a organizaciones tales como la Hermandad Mexicana, “para ayudar a quienes intentan adquirir su ciudadanía”.



“California continues to be one of the most generous states with immigrants,” was how anchor Satcha Pretto launched into a recent Univision morning news story about the implementation of a new California initiative that will channel $15 million of taxpayer money to organizations such as Hermandad Mexicana (the Mexican Brotherhood), in order to “help those who are trying to acquire their citizenship.”



Una campaña nacional que invita a los inmigrantes no autorizados a “salir del closet”, restando importancia a la violación de las leyes de este país, ha sido reportada recientemente por el noticiero nacional de Univisión.



A national campaign that encourages unauthorized immigrants in the United States to “come out of the closet” and thus openly flout their violation of U.S. immigration law was the subject of uncritical examination in a recent Univision broadcast.



Una campaña dirigida a crear apoyo para reducir la cantidad de inmigración a Estados Unidos y que funda su preocupacón en los efectos perjudiciales del crecimiento de la población en la calidad de vida y en el medio ambiente de California, ha sido recientemente objeto de ridículo en los noticieros nacionales vespertinos de Univisión y de MundoFox.



An effort aimed at building support for slowing the amount of immigration to the U.S., and that bases its concerns on the deleterious effects of population growth on California’s quality of life and environment, was recently the subject of ridicule on the national evening newscasts of Univision and MundoFox.



“De indocumentados a empresarios”, es como la conductora del programa matutino Despierta América de Univisión, Satcha Pretto, celebró la implementación de una nueva ley en California que les permite a los inmigrantes no autorizados obtener permisos de trabajo del Departamento del Asuntos del Consumidor.



“From undocumented to entrepreneurs” is how Univision morning host Satcha Pretto celebrated the implementation of a new California law that allows unauthorized immigrants to receive work permits from the state’s Department of Consumer Affairs. 



Si se quiere tener una idea mejor de dónde viene la parcialidad izquierdista de Univisión, solo basta echar un vistazo a los patrocinadores detrás de la programación de la cadena. Esto se hizo evidente, una vez más, durante el programa “Alivio Migratorio en Crisis”,  el cual exploró el dilema en que se encuentran las acciones ejecutivas del presidente Obama y sus beneficiarios por la Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia y la Acción Diferida para Padres de Ciudadanos Estadounidenses y Residentes Permanentes Legales, conocidas como DACA y DAPA por sus siglas en inglés.



If you want to get a better idea of where Univision’s liberal bias comes from, just take a look at some of the sponsors behind the network’s programming. This became apparent once again during Univision’s recent televised “town-hall” meeting aimed at examining the predicament both President Obama’s executive immigration actions and the targeted beneficiaries of those actions currently find themselves in: Deferred Action on Childhood Arrival & Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, respectively.



The California legislature’s approval of a bill that enables undocumented children to obtain health insurance from the state’s Health Benefit Exchange was cause for celebration during a recent Univision morning show segment. In addition to covering minors, unauthorized immigrants 19 years of age or older are also slated to become eligible for enrollment upon determination by the state that “sufficient funding is available.”



Univisión celebró la legislación en el estado de California que permite a los niños indocumentados recibir cobertura médica, a través del Health Benefit Exchange. Además de asegurar a miles de menores, inmigrantes mayores de edad—sin estatus legal—podrían acceder a ese beneficio si el estado “dispone de suficientes fondos.”



Univision’s habit of championing the presence of unauthorized immigrants was on full display in its coverage of a recent speech on immigration by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. During the network’s morning show, Despierta América, host Satcha Pretto hyped what she called Johnson’s “solid defense of more than 11 million undocumented immigrants.”



El hábito de la cadena hispanohablante, Univisión, de defender la presencia de inmigrantes indocumentados, sobresalió nuevamente durante un reciente reportaje sobre un discurso de Jeh Johnson, Secretario del Departamento de Seguridad Interna. La anfitriona del programa, Satcha Pretto, promovió sus comentarios como una “sólida defensa en favor de los más de once millones de indocumentados.”