Stern Magazine: "37 Million Illegals in the USA"
When reporting on the United States, German media incompetence has been in no short supply of late. Last Friday, SPIEGEL ONLINE grossly mischaracterized a State Department report released the same day. On Saturday, Stern published a piece implying all Hispanics in the United States are "illegals." Below is a segment of the article in question:
And here is the translation of the first paragraph above:
"37 Million Illegals in the USA
A major dispute has erupted in Congress just months before the elections in November over how illegal immigrants should be dealt with. The political significance arises from the large and quickly growing number of US citizens from the Spanish-Mexican cultural group, the Hispanics. They sympathize, in part, with the "illegals." According to official figures, they have been the largest minority in the USA since 2001, ahead of blacks with 37 million people.
First Stern tells us that there are a growing number of US citizens of Hispanic origin. Then the magazine implies that all Hispanics are illegal. Does that make sense to anyone else? If you are a citizen, you are legal by definition. And how, exactly, did the magazine determine that there are "37 million illegals in the USA"? Hmmm, let us guess:
Stern math: 37 million Hispanics in the USA = 37 million illegals in the USA
In fact, Most legitimate estimates have the number of illegals at 10 to 12 million, less than one-third of Stern's number. Secondly, and most importantly, not all illegal aliens are Hispanic and not all Hispanics are illegals as Stern outrageously implies. The publication is guilty of either journalistic negligence or shameless racism. There are millions of Hispanics who have played by the rules and migrated to the United States legally and Stern magazine is frankly spitting in their faces.
But hey, what more could you expect of a nation like Germany that openly allows housing discrimination against minorities and then thinks it can lecture the United States on minority rights. You may throw up now...
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