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Special Report: Clinton to Blame for Current Immigration Problem

Reported by Janie - March 31, 2006

Yesterday (3/30) on "Special Report with Brit Hume", guest host Chris Wallace turned a segment on the illegal immigration debate over to Fox News Correspondent William La Jeunesse in which he blamed former President Clinton for the current immigration problem, while neglecting the comprehensive, bipartisan immigration legislation that was passed during his presidency.

During the report filed by La Jeunesse, he claimed, "President Clinton faced the immigration dilemma in the mid-90s. Some wanted another amnesty, but a Commission headed by then Congresswoman Barbara Jordan was unequivocal. Quote 'unlawful immigration is unacceptable…' she said. 'Those who should not be here, should be removed.' Clinton ignored her advice, passing the problem to President Bush."

Comment: La Jeunesse confuses immigration reform with the deportation of every illegal immigrant in the U.S., by claiming that Clinton passed "the problem to President Bush". As a matter of fact, President Clinton actually passed one of the strictest immigration laws on record in 1996, which was voted for overwhelmingly by both liberals and conservatives.

La Jeunesse's phrasing makes it appear that Clinton virtually ignored the immigration problem, and left it for Bush to deal with, which is a flat out lie. Clinton chose not to deport every illegal immigrant, as it appears Bush is not keen to do either. By his choice of words, the viewers of Special Report were left with a false idea of the history of illegal immigration as Fox once again resorted to blaming President Clinton for a current problem facing Bush.

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