After listening to Univision anchors Jorge Ramos and Ilia Calderón parrot DNC and leftist activist talking points distributed to the liberal media to disparage President Trump’s State of the Union speech, one can’t help but wonder what’s behind their incredible determination to continuing playing dumb to their audience. Do they really believe all their viewers live in La-La Land?
By saying President Trump stigmatized all immigrants as criminals, how then can the anchor duo possibly explain his including immigrants and specifically Hispanics among his honorees? In his speech, the President singled out Elizabeth Alvarado, Robert Mickens, Evelyn Rodríguez, and Freddy Cuevas, the parents of Nisa Mickens and Kayla Cuevas, childhood friends who were murdered in September 2016 by MS-13.
President Trump also made a point of heaping high praise on ICE’s Latino superstar agent Celestino "CJ" Martínez, who received a standing ovation.
And what’s for them to argue about with Trump’s generous and unprecedented presidential offer of a path to U.S. citizenship for 1.8 million mostly Mexican "dreamers"? How’s that for “stigmatizing” them as criminals? It’s actually just the opposite. For all practical effects, Ramos and Calderón are the ones stigmatizing U.S. Latinos.
ILIA CALDERÓN, ANCHOR, UNIVISION NEWS: …Once again the President uses his speech to stigmatize all immigrants who come to the United States because the first thing he mentioned during his speech were the young women who died at the hands of gangs. And, like you say, not all Hispanics are gang members.
JORGE RAMOS, ANCHOR, UNIVISION NEWS: Exactly…
ILIA CALDERÓN: There are hardworking Hispanic, Hispanics that are doing things right in this country.
If, as the activist-anchors claim, President Trump brands all immigrants as criminals, would he do these things? Ilia's statement is literally unbelievable, and simply doesn't square with multiple declarations the President made during his address.
For starters, near the beginning of his speech President Trump expressed his empathy for one of the largest Hispanic populations in the United States: Puerto Ricans who were ravaged by two major hurricanes last year. “To everyone still recovering in Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, everywhere, we love you and we will always pull through together, always.”
Hispanics were additionally praised early on in his speech as a significant chunk of a U.S. workforce that is now benefiting from the fact that “unemployment has also reached the lowest levels in history” for this sizeable segment of the U.S. population.
Below are several of the above-referenced excerpts from the President’s State of the Union speech, in which he addressed issues of particular concern to the nation’s immigrants and Hispanics and, as you can see, not once did he give the impression ‘they’re all criminals’ as Ramos and Calderón irresponsibly claimed:
“Struggling communities, especially immigrant communities will also be helped by immigration policies that focus on the best interests of American workers and American families.”
“For decades, open borders have allowed drugs and gangs to pour into our most vulnerable communities… They have caused the loss of many innocent lives. Here tonight are two fathers and two mothers, their two daughters were close friends on Long Island. But in September 2016, on the eve of Nisa’s 16th birthday, such a happy time it should have been, neither of them came home. These two precious girls were brutally murdered while walking together in their hometown. Six members of the savage MS-13 gang have been charged with Kayla and Nisa’s murders."
Many of these gang members took advantage of glaring loopholes in our laws to enter the country as illegal, unaccompanied, alien minors and wound up in Kayla and Nisa’s high school. Evelyn, Elizabeth, Freddie, and Robert, tonight everyone in this chamber is praying for you. Everyone in America is grieving for you.”
“We have proposed new legislation that will fix our immigration laws and support our ICE and Border Patrol agents. These are great, great people that work so hard in the midst of such danger.”
“Here tonight is one leader in the effort to defend our country, Homeland Security special agent Celestino Martínez… Last May he commanded an operation to track down gang members on Long Island. His team has arrested more than 400, including more than 220 MS-13 gang members…so I just want to congratulate you, C.J. You’re a brave guy. Thank you very much.”
“Over the next few weeks, the House and Senate will be voting on an immigration reform package. In recent months, my administration has met extensively with both Democrats and Republicans to craft a bipartisan approach to immigration reform. Based on these discussions, we presented Congress with a detailed proposal that should be supported by both parties as a fair compromise. One where nobody gets everything they want, but where our country gets the critical reforms it needs and must have.
Here are the four pillars of our plan. The first pillar of our framework generously offers a path to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal immigrants who were brought here by their parents at a young age. That covers almost three times more people than the previous administration covered.”
In sum, once again, Univision’s top news talent chose to go in the direction of the absurd, insulting the intelligence of their viewers and proving that they do indeed live in La-La Land when they blithely parrot such patently false liberal talking points.