We have a funny mix of Boston Globe tricks used in this article to promote their agenda.
First, another rally is being covered, this time to promote the idea that illegal immigrants should be given drivers’ licenses. The Globe loves Liberal rallies, and Liberal groups love to hold them because they get such favorable coverage in the Globe.
The rally has a photo on B1 in case you missed the long story on page B2. But both the photo caption on B1 and the article’s headline on B2 is wrong. They both say the rally is “in support of licenses for immigrants” or “immigrants rally over driver’s licenses.” But as our third photo proves (via Google search), immigrants in Massachusetts can already get licenses.
You have to read further to find out that the rally is about granting licenses to illegal immigrants. To the Globe, this is a distinction without a difference.
The article then quotes an advocate urging lawmakers to “have some kind of heart.” In other words, you are cruel if you won’t give illegal immigrants Massachusetts drivers licenses.
About halfway down is a quote from Charlie Baker opposed to this suggestion. That’s the only negative thing the Globe could find against this plan.
The only thing surprising to me is there is no sentence attacking President Trump. Such a reference is usually de rigueur for this type of article.
Oops, my bad. Trump does make an appearance in all but name. “This feels like a concrete thing we can do for immigrants [sic], given what is happening on the national level,” Barber said. Barber is a Somerville state Rep who has filed the bill. Well, at least she is performing constituent services.
Usually, this type of article claims that illegal immigrants are living in fear, and it is our job as a society to not allow that to happen. Coming here (or staying here) illegally is no reason to be afraid, for Pete’s sake. And the fear button is pushed by a woman named Cortez who “lived for years under the threat of deportation.” Later, she says, “driving with the fear of not having a license is just not right.” With that, I agree. Apply for a green card.
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