Former Immigration Reporter Takes New York Times to Task

A provocative open letter from an eminently qualified observer.

JerryKammerThumbnailJerry Kammer (pictured) is currently a senior research fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies, located in Washington D.C. But once upon a time, he was a journalist, and it is from that end of the resume that he has blogged today on the CIS website.

In his “Open Letter” to the Gray Lady, he starts off by quoting public editor number one, Daniel Okrent, and siding with those who questioned one of the paper’s first major post-election headline (“Democrats, Students and Foreign Allies Face the Reality of a Trump Presidency”). He then gets to the heart of the immigration matter:

Now the Times national immigration reporter is Julia Preston. While Preston’s reporting is less tendentious than [predecessor Nina] Bernstein‘s, she continues the tradition of inattention to immigration’s effects on the job prospects of Americans at the lower end of our job markets. Preston has provided admirable coverage of the displacement of American tech workers. But she has done little to inform Times readers of the lesser-skilled workers who are displaced by illegal immigrants. And she has reported only superficially on the State Department’s program, which, under the guise of cultural exchange, provides economic incentives for American employers to ignore young Americans and hire young foreigners for seasonal work.

Kammer also at one point revisits a letter to the editor written by an Arizona resident to the Mesa Tribune. Kammer, who worked as a journalist for the Navajo Times, the Arizona Republic and Copley News Service, shared in the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.

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