You may have never heard of CBS News anchor Elaine Quijano. A CBS News anchor, Quijano was a surprise pick to be tonight’s moderator.
But now we’re learning that Quijano is a vocal supporter of President Barack Obama’s amnesty agenda.
From Obama’s hometown of Chicago, she broadcasts for CBSN, the digital streaming outlet for CBS, and has presented a heavily slanted view of states trying to react to America’s ongoing immigration crisis.
This is outrageous!
Quijano may well be a rising star at CBS, but it is her stance on immigration that could influence tonight’s debate. She has been a vocal opponent of “tough” immigration laws in Arizona and Pennsylvania.
The state of Arizona enacted the immigration laws in question, SB 1070 and HB 2162, in April of 2010. The intent of the laws was to deter illegal immigration, and as such they they came under some scrutiny.
In its 2011 review of the laws, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down certain provisions, but upheld a provision allowing police to check a person’s immigration status while enforcing other laws.
Quijano criticized the laws, highlighting the struggle of Jose, an illegal immigrant living in Arizona.
“Every day, 23-year-old Jose fears he could be deported. His parents brought him to America illegally from Mexico when he was two,” Quijano said in her segment. “He grew up in Pennsylvania, feeling every bit American, but it wasn’t until high school that he realized what it meant to be an illegal immigrant. That he could not pursue his dream of joining the Air Force.”
Quijano also relayed the story of a Korean man living in the United States, a man named Jong-Min You, whose parents had come to the United States on visas in 1981.
“Most, if not all, undocumented go through a period of depression or severe depression, and even sometimes suicides. I think we’re not machines, we are people,” he told Quijano. “You’re locked behind these invisible bars, you can’t drive, you can’t vote, and then you see your peers moving on in life.”
Here is the full transcript of the shamefully biased report:
Immigration Protestor, CBS JEFF GLOR: In Boston, hundreds opposed to Arizona’s controversial immigration law protested the presence of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer at a meeting there. The law’s facing legal challenges from the Justice Department. Arizona was the first, but likely will not be the last. Dozens of states right now are considering enacting similar immigration laws in the coming months. Elaine Quijano has this report from Pennsylvania.
JOSE: We want to come out of the shadows.
ELAINE QUIJANO: Every day 23 year-old Jose fears he could be deported. His parents brought him to America illegally from Mexico when he was two. He grew up in Pennsylvania, feeling every bit American, but it wasn’t until high school that he realized what it meant to be an illegal immigrant. That he could not pursue his dream of joining the Air Force.
JOSE: I lost all hope. I said I can’t join the armed forces, I can’t get a good job. So basically I got pushed into the shadows like any other undocumented.
QUIJANO: Jose is one of the country’s estimated 12 million illegal immigrants, whose status is sparking heated debate. Debate and demonstrations have also interrupted over a new Arizona law allowing police to check the immigration of status of anyone suspected of being involved in crime. A recent CBS poll found a majority of Americans, 52%, support the law. Now other states are preparing to follow Arizona’s lead. In Pennsylvania, bipartisan measures to compel construction companies to check worker’s status are moving swiftly through the legislature. Republican state representative Daryl Metcalfe wants to go further, introducing a tough measure modeled after Arizona’s law.
DARYL METCALFE: As a nation, we have to set a no amnesty policy and we have to be very black and white about that. That there’s no reward for violating our border.
QUIJANO: Metcalfe’s proposal is already facing fierce opposition. Here in Philadelphia, where more than half of the immigrant population is illegal, Mayor Michael Nutter says the solution lies with the federal government, not the states.
MICHAEL NUTTER: We should not have a patchwork of immigration policies for every state in the United States of America. That’s insane.
QUIJANO: Nutter believes the law could create problems for law enforcement, making illegal immigrants afraid to report crimes to police.
NUTTER: We do not want to send the wrong message to victims or witnesses.
QUIJANO: But Representative Metcalfe argues illegal immigrants strain city and state budgets by siphoning off health and social services that Americans pay for.
METCALFE: For decades in the past the federal government has been AWOL in securing or borders and protecting American lives, liberty, and property, so we at the state level need to join together to do so.
QUIJANO: As politicians grapple with these issues, people like Jose wait and worry.
JOSE: I don’t remember Mexico. To me this is my only home.
QUIJANO: A country that continues to struggle with this divisive issue. Elaine Quijano, CBS News, Philadelphia.
How could the mainstream media pick someone to moderate a debate over immigration, when there is a clear bias here? Millions of illegals are flooded across America’s border, and it’s clear that Quijano isn’t an unbiased moderator… She’s an activist!