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Brit Hume Distorts Hillary Clinton's Views on Immigration and Smears Democrats

Reported by Janie - March 24, 2006

On Special Report with Brit Hume last night, he introduced a segment during his "All Star" panel about Hillary Clinton's stance on illegal immigration. While neglecting to mention why she's against a particular bill, Hume claimed that Clinton and Democrats are simply against cracking down on illegal immigration.

The segment opened with video clips of both Clinton and George Bush, before the "All Star" panel discussion began.

HC: "It is hard to believe that a Republican leadership that is constantly talking about values and about faith would put forth such a mean-spirited piece of legislation. This bill would literally criminalize the Good Samaritan and probably even Jesus Christ himself."

GB: " When we conduct this debate, it must be done in a civil way. It must be done in a way that brings dignity to the process. It must be done in a way that doesn't pit one group against another."

Once the discussion began, Hume opened with a smear of both Clinton and Democrats in general.

BH: "What President Clinton – I mean President Bush and Senator Clinton are both talking about there is the debate against immigration legislation. What she is talking about is a bill that has cleared the house, and there is a similar bill in the Senate that would amount to simply a crack down on illegal immigration. At the border and inside this country. And that is what she and many of her fellow Democrats are dead set against. What the President wants is some of that, but he also wants a guest worker program. Juan, what about this issue, what kind of debate are we likely to have when the issue comes up next week? Does the president have a chance of getting the more civilized debate that he wants, and what about the prospects of the bill?"

Comment: While Hume is correct that the bill would crack down on illegal immigration at the border and inside the country (making it a felony to be here illegally), he neglects to mention certain stipulations in the bill that Clinton is objecting to specifically.

What Clinton is opposed to happens to be a clause in the bill that "would criminalize clergy, doctors, social workers and others who help illegal immigrants."

Republican Senators are claiming that it's a misunderstanding, and that they would not use the law in such a manner- but if that's the case, why not simply change the language of the law to assuage opposition Senators, churches, doctors, social workers, and the American public?

Clinton's actual stance on immigration is laid out on her website, and addresses the most important issue behind curbing illegal immigration, which most Republicans refuse to:

"Our current immigration laws need to be reformed: we need a better solution to the question of illegal immigration which recognizes the conflict between the need to enforce the law, and the reality that too many employers are using undocumented workers today."

But Fox won't tell you that - especially since it threatens their corporate masters.

Fortunately, when it was Mort Kondracke's turn he actually set the record straight, but made a comment that probably made the heads of the Fox News honchos explode, "I don't think… I think the best you can hope for frankly is going to be a stalemate. No matter, almost not matter how much Bush gets involved. The House of Representatives passed a bill, a truly Draconian bill, Hillary Clinton is not wrong, it does make it illegal for a charity like Catholic Charities to help out illegal aliens, and the Catholic Church is against this bill on account of that."

Comment: Even though Kondracke was the only one on the panel (which included "liberal" correspondent Juan Williams) to actually stand up and provide the truth, the viewers were allowed to have the idea that Democrats are against reforming illegal immigration seep into their heads while Hume refused to correct his ridiculous distortion.

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