NBC Up in Arms That Those Fleeing Communist Dictatorships Get 'Arbitrary' Asylum Preference


On Tuesday, the Supreme Court saved President Joe Biden’s administration from itself: It upheld Title 42 regulations that allow the government to summarily deport most illegal immigrants, regardless of whether they’re claiming to seek political asylum.

Title 42, for the unfamiliar, refers to a World War II-era public health code invoked in the early days of the COVID pandemic by then-President Donald Trump’s administration to expediently deport almost all who entered the country illegally.

Joe Biden campaigned on ending Title 42 restrictions, but dithered on the promise as the border crisis heated up. When the administration finally announced its decision to rescind the order earlier this year, it was blocked at the last minute by a judge.

Tuesday’s Supreme Court ruling means the protections will stay in place for a bit longer. That means we get more liberal moralizing about illegal immigration, all while they pretend there’s no human catastrophe taking place on the border between the United States and Mexico, nor that there are any costs associated with illegal immigration.

Of all the ridiculous hand-wringing you’ll hear this week, however, it’s doubtful any will top NBC News’ Tuesday morning report about Title 42 being applied unequally, with individuals from some “arbitrary” countries being allowed to apply for asylum while others are deported.

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NBC correspondent Sam Brock’s report singled out three countries in particular as either being “green-lighted” for asylum claims or for being shortlisted for future “green-light” status: Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela.

“It’s clear most of the people we speak with are from Venezuela or a handful of other countries,” Brock said, reporting from El Paso, Texas. “That’s partly because of how Title 42 is being applied, allowing asylum seekers from some countries but not from others.”

Then we cut to a video conference segment between Brock and Josiah Heyman, director of the University of Texas at El Paso’s Center for Inter-American and Border Studies.

“It feels arbitrary which countries are getting a green light and which aren’t,” Brock said.

“Absolutely. It absolutely is. Currently green-lighted [are] Nicaragua and Cuba, potentially forthcoming Venezuela, and also the so-called Northern Triangle of Central America,” Heyman responded. “They’re in the same boat as the Venezuelans.”

Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela: What could these countries possibly have in common?

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Oh, yeah — all three are brutal communist dictatorships that crack down on dissent with a spiked whip. But other than that

To judge by this short segment, all reasons for wanting to illegally immigrate to the United States and lodge an asylum claim are effectively equal (at least if one is doing so from south of the U.S. border and if, statistically, one’s children are more likely to vote Democrat).

Should Title 42 be kept in place?

Someone who wants to escape Ortega’s brutal repression of the Catholic Church in Nicaragua is, apparently, no different from someone from a country where violence may be high and economic opportunities low, but where the government isn’t actively persecuting dissent with whatever power it can muster.

And, in a remarkable display of media bias, NBC News is clearly up in arms about the situation.

Brock, as Newsbusters notes, didn’t even bother to say the C-word (or its milder cousin, the S-word) once during the segment. Neither communism nor socialism was brought up. Nor were the names Castro, Ortega or Maduro.

That would have run the risk of pointing out how these “arbitrary” asylum practices under Title 42 are anything but arbitrary.

And we can’t have that, can we?

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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