Globe: What, No Tuition Subsidies or English Classes for Illegals?

The bleeding heart of the Boston Globe is on vivid display in its editorial of this morning, Boa Vinda a Framingham! The focus is massive illegal Brazilian immigration that has tranformed the city of Framingham, MA. Annotated excerpts:

"Rizoli [a candidate for state representative] is part of a small, controversial group that opposes illegal immigration." In the Globe's mind, what's 'controversial' isn't lawbreaking on a massive scale. It's opposition to the law-breaking.

"Framingham, like the rest of Massachusetts, needs immigrants to help fuel the economy." Globe doesn't bother to distinguish between legal and illegal immigrants.

``'Growing up was great. I loved it,' says an 18-year-old undocumented immigrant who has lived in the town since she was five. She says her parents brought her here from Brazil for a cousin's wedding, and the family stayed. In the fall, she'll go to one of the state's public colleges, where she will pay out-of-state tuition, because undocumented residents are ineligible for in-state tuition rates." Hey, they're not illegal, they're just 'undocumented.' And how can Massachusetts taxpayers be so mean-spirited as not to reward law-breakers with subsidized college tuition?

"If she were to do something as simple as driving, she would be doing so illegally and without insurance." Right. That's what happens when you're someplace you have no legal right to be.

"Rizoli is right on one point." The editorial agrees with the opponent of illegal immigration? Should we get our hopes up? Don't be silly: this is the Boston Globe. "It is unfair and unacceptable to skimp on the salaries of undocumented workers. Federal reform could pave the way toward paying them a decent, legal wage."

"The waiting list for English classes has hundreds of names on it. A small increase in public funding for these classes could help break down barriers." More rewards for illegals. But hey, it's only a 'small increase,' and everyone knows that once government programs begin, it's not like they ever expand or anything.

"How can we all get along?" Tell me they didn't actually say this! Well, here's one suggestion for getting along - people from other countries respect the laws of our country."

"State representative Deborah Blumer [is] working with the Framingham Public Library to set up a newcomers and neighbors center, a place for immigrants to meet people and get information about schools, healthcare, housing, and local banking services. Immigration status would not be checked." Just what we need - lawmakers not interested in enforcing the law.

"Social isolation is common, because many locally born people don't circulate far beyond their own religious, ethnic, and other social groups." Get it? The real culprits are the American citizens.

Mark Finkelstein
Mark Finkelstein is a contributing editor for NewsBusters.