Key legislation on illegal immigration could change the economic and legal climate in the United States – soon – as critics and advocates voice their take on the divisive issue.
A media watchdog is calling Univision to task for acting more like a liberal special interest lobby than a bona fide news network.
Univision anchor Jorge Ramos – who has a had history of defending illegal immigration on his network – announced that the Univision corporation declared itself to be against Texas state law SB4, which simply states that all Texas jurisdictions have to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
The law was scheduled to take effect on September 1, but it is facing its share of court challenges.
Ramos claims that the legislation discriminates against the Hispanic community.
Ken Oliver-Mendez, who serves as director of MRC Latino at the Media Research Center, insists that once again, the Left-leaning media is politicizing – instead of just delivering the news.
"Univision is again aligning themselves in lockstep with the Democratic National Committee, saying that they – as a news organization – are against this law,” Oliver-Mendez maintained. “It's just additional evidence of this particular network not being in favor of law enforcement."
However, Oliver-Mendez also pointed out that Univision's pro-illegal alien stance is affecting its viewership.
"Univision has actually been losing [its] audience because those Hispanic viewers who are law-abiding and legal see right through that, and Univision's audience has fallen by 14-percent in the last three years,” the leader at MRC pointed out. “So, there a lot of conservative Hispanics around the country that have been alienated by this type of activism – this type of advocacy. It's not journalism."
Oliver-Mendez asserts that Univision is depending on the viewership of illegal aliens, which is why it is opposed to SB4.
More anti-illegal immigration legislation on the plate …
Meanwhile, one immigration reform activist is concerned about the impact of a federal judge's decision to block implementation of most of Texas' anti-sanctuary law.
The legislation is known as Senate Bill 4, which has been championed by President Donald Trump's administration – a law that was set to take effect Friday.
The "sanctuary cities" law would have let police officers ask people during routine stops whether they are in the United States legally. It also threatened sheriffs with jail time for not cooperating with federal immigration authorities.
However, U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia issued an order blocking key elements of the bill.
Art Arthur, who is a resident Fellow in Law and Policy at the Center for Immigration Studies, informed that some of the bill was left intact.
"The questioning of individuals subject to a legitimate stop, as well as communicating information to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, [is still on the bill]," Arthur pointed out.
However, Arthur contends that several key provisions were blocked.
"Most significantly, it blocks the implementation of the provision that directs local authorities to comply with honor and fulfill detainer requests made by ICE," the legal expert added.
Arthur stands in disagreement with Garcia's argument that during public legislative hearings, only eight people testified in favor of it, while 1,600 people showed up to oppose it.
"Let's imagine that a proponent of the bill goes out and rounds up 10,000 people,” he posed. “Does that mean that the scale goes more in favor of finding the bill is valid? Obviously not."
Arthur remains confident that most of Garcia's ruling will be overturned.