For the hundreds of undocumented immigrants deported this past week, it must have been quite the shock to not see activists, television camera crews and (crying) politicians bidding them farewell. But that is exactly how immigrants from Jamaica, Honduras and Guatemala were sent back to their homelands by the Biden-Harris administration this past week: very quietly.
Most importantly, not a word was said about the inconvenient news at the nation's Spanish-speaking networks, keenly focused on selling their audiences the push for filibuster-proof immigration reform. In fact, over a 24-hour time span, Telemundo and Univision combined, spent close to 15 minutes on the subjects of Biden, executive orders and immigration reform with the help of immigration “experts'', lawyers, activists, and of course, politicians betting on an immigration wave.
During this torrent of lobbying that was passed off to viewers as reporting, the Hispanic nets did admit to a Biden-Harris failure, reporting on just how disappointed they were at the “lack of scope” of their much heralded actions regarding immigration:
NICOLE SUAREZ: Immigration policy is an important part of Joe Biden's agenda. The president will sign three executive orders addressing various aspects related to immigration. Cristina Londoño spoke to senior White House officials and has first-hand details of what those executive orders say. Cristina, good morning. Is there a group of people that will be jumping for joy today?
CRISTINA LONDOÑO: No, Nicole. Unfortunately those three executive orders, as we were told on a call, are nothing more than a change of spirit from the Biden Administration on the migration issue. They're going to study, they're going to review, they're going to analyze, and then the changes will come. For example, there is an executive order on family reunification, they will create a team to reunite families that were separated at the border. But when asked, for example, whether they are going to bring over the parents who were deported so they can reunite with their children here, they told us that this would be on a case-by-case basis. For example, another executive order that seeks to restore immigration processes here in the United States, for example, would try to speed up the process of people becoming citizens- they also say they will study what changes were made by the Trump administration, in order to be brought back to normal. There's the executive order that has to do with the public burden, they're going to remove that rule from the Trump administration because it didn't let immigrants become citizens if they are considered a public burden, but they're still studying the process.
SUAREZ: Cristina, but the other executive order is the one that will cause the most disappointment today. Tell us about it.
LONDOÑO: Nicole, it's the executive order that changes asylum processes at the border, but it doesn't give direct relief to the thousands of people waiting in camps. Some have been waiting for two years. We had already spoken to these people last week when the executive orders were delayed. They were very depressed because they thought that immediate relief was coming. Again, they're going to study the situation and they said that there's not going to be an immediate change for those people who are going to have to keep waiting while they figure out how best to fix their situation.
While we would think that the news of the deportations would be headlined at the Hispanic networks - as opposed to being completely ignored - the mainstream media did touch on the subject, albeit in reports stuffed with “conspiracy theories” to divert attention from the new administration’s unmet expectations regarding immigration.
Be on the lookout for new whistleblowers, the mean men from ICE, and other nonsense, at the Spanish-speaking media, intent on pushing for whatever it takes to insure a steady audience of immigrants.