PHOENIX – After finding out bus loads of undocumented immigrants were being dropped off in Phoenix, many wonder what’s happening to them when they step off the bus.
A local organization is helping them by letting them use cell phones to call family in other states so they can get bus tickets out of Phoenix.
Many of those bused to Phoenix are families with children. Immigration and Custom Enforcement officials say most are from Central America and were detained in Texas.
Xiomara Maldonado told ABC15 that when she dreamed of coming to the United States, she never imagined how it would turn out.
“They saw us like animals,” she said about the holding facility in Texas.
She and her son are from Honduras. They entered the U.S. illegally and were caught in McAllen, Texas.
She said conditions were horrendous.
“Everyone was packed in like sardines. Too close to sleep. They came in the middle of the night to drop off bread and bang on the doors,” she said.
They both hadn’t bathed or slept in days when they were taken from Wilcox, Ariz. and loaded onto a bus headed for Phoenix.
She said, “I’m happy because we’ve finally received some help, but also scared because we don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Even though the experience would put many people off about staying in the U.S., Jessica Meraz said she’d still like to stay.
Meraz said, “I’d like to relax for a bit and then work. I want to look for work.”
Those who were dropped off were given court dates to check in with ICE officials to determine whether or not they’ll be deported.
The big news Thursday was that America’s economy shrank during the first quarter of 2014, its worst performance in three years — but reporting that news apparently didn’t sit well with several major media outlets.
“U.S. economy shrinks, but it’s not a big deal,” read a headline on CNNMoney.com.
“Blame Old Man Winter: economy contracts for first time in three years,” NBC News tweeted.
The U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis revised the numbers downward from prior estimates to show the nation’s GDP contracted at an annual rate of negative 1 percent. It was the first negative quarter since 2011, and one more three-month stretch in the red would put the U.S. is back in recession. But nightly newscasts sought to present the data as a blip, blaming it on the weather — if they mentioned it at all.
“When the media aren’t ignoring bad economic news to protect Obama, they’re spinning it into good news.”
– Brent Baker, Media Research Center
“All that snow and ice froze business, but most economists believe it sets the economy up for rebound this quarter and there are some encouraging signs in the numbers,” CBS News’ Anthony Mason reported.
Neither ABC nor NBC reported the disappointing numbers at all. The preliminary quarterly estimate from the U.S. Department of Commerce had been that the economy grew at a modest 0.1 percent rate.
Economists, including those at the Federal Reserve, generally agree that unusually brutal weather played a role in the economy contracting by a full percent for the first three months of the year. Some say President Obama’s economic policies didn’t help, either. But while that kind of analysis has a place in fair and balanced reporting, such rosy spin rarely found its way into headlines during the economic doldrums of the Bush administration.
“When the media aren’t ignoring bad economic news to protect Obama, they’re spinning it into good news,” Media Research Center’s Brent Baker, who drew attention to the apparent double standard on the MRC’s NewsBusters site, told FoxNews.com. “That sure wasn’t a favor the press corps ever provided George W. Bush.”
The New York Times used the double entendre “Frigid First Quarter” to characterize both the lack of economic growth and the reason for it, while media outlets more versed in economics, such as Forbes, simply stated the facts up front and allowed informed sources to provide commentary below.
Economist Kevin Hassett, a former advisor to Mitt Romney and now an analyst at the American Enterprise Institute, said the weather was indeed a major drag on the economy.
“I think Obama’s policies have absolutely put us on a lower growth trajectory, but I also think that the weather was 99 percent of the story in Q1,” said Hassett, who has written extensively about media bias. “Now, this is, in part, a testable thing. If Q2 includes a major bounce back, of say, 4 percent instead of 2, then the weather story gets more credibility.”
Is Alan Webber intending to win any votes from Hispanics? He’s a Democrat vying for the party’s gubernatorial nomination in New Mexico, and his recent comments about incumbent Republican Governor Susana Martinez aren’t likely to make him many friends.
Video obtained by The Weekly Standard shows Webber at a candidate forum where he made the questionable remarks.
“So I’m asking you for your help, we need to make Susana Martinez a one-term governor. We need to send her back to wherever she really came from.”
After he plants that seed, when the audience gives the mixed reaction of laughter and shock, Webber walks about his comments.
“I suspect it’s Texas. And that would be good for Texas and that would be good for New Mexico.”
Martinez is of Mexican descent. She was born in Texas, but moved to New Mexico in the mid-1980s-almost 30 years ago.
Why is it that the Democratic Party focuses so incessantly on race? Their long-held belief is that Republicans are a group of racists, yet Democrats are the ones that so frequently make racist statements. There’s no room for that in the political realm; let’s hope the voters of New Mexico see it.