In a recent episode of “Real America”, host Jorge Ramos shows the extent to which an individual life story is but an accessory to a broader agenda- even that of a brilliant brain surgeon.
The story of Dr. Alfredo Quiñones is a quintessentially American success story, a rags-to-riches tale of a young immigrant who came to America, worked hard, and rose to the top of his profession. Americans of all stripes can find something to celebrate and cheer as they learn of Dr. Q’s compelling story.
But in the hands of Jorge Ramos, Dr. Q’s biography and impressive achievements are reduced to a prop to be used in furtherance of a broader immigration agenda. For Ramos, the entirety of the time he spent in the company of a brilliant neurosurgeon boiled down to this point- a ham-handed comparison between Dr. Q and an entire immigrant demographic:
JORGE RAMOS, HOST, REAL AMERICA, FUSION: If we deport the dreamers who come here to help make America really great, we could be losing thousands like Dr. Q and maybe even a cure for cancer.
Ramos’ reductive reasoning and lazy generalizations flippantly sweep aside Dr. Q’s hard work and achievements, reducing them to a political accessory in furtherance of an open-borders agenda that goes far beyond the popular desire to bring stability to those who were brought to this country illegally through no fault of their own.
The additional focus on actual brain surgery took away from the usual political filler typically found on a Jorge Ramos show, which is a welcome departure from the norm.
In the aggregate, it also goes to show that Ramos could do better- that is, if he really wants to.