The Young Immigrunts Edition

(With apologies to Ring Lardner)

Today’s Boston bakeoff features the new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that allows young undocumented immigrants avoid deportation and obtain work permits for at least two years.

For once, the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald are perfect complements to one another: the Globe has facts, the Herald has opinions.

The Globe piece is a standard, albeit sympathetic, news report detailing the particulars of the new policy and documenting the efforts of would-be applicants to take advantage of it.

Earlier Wednesday, about 20 members of the Student Immigrant Movement gathered on Friend Street in Boston to share tips and pointers on filling out the application.

Isabel Vargas, who came to the United States from the Dominican Republic when she was 8 years old, told others at the meeting, held in the offices of Greater Boston Legal Services, that the opportunity to apply would transform her future.

“When I apply for a job, I don’t have to be all nervous about what Social Security number I’m going to give,” Vargas, 20, said.

Today’s Herald, meanwhile, has no news report but does feature two opinion pieces.

The first is an editorial:

Immigration muddle

President Barack Obama has created what looks to be a 50-state muddle as local officials are left to grapple with the consequences of his unilateral rewriting of the nation’s immigration policy.

Now make no mistake, we’re with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg andNews Corp. [NWS] head Rupert Murdoch (the former owner of this paper) in their call for genuine immigration reform that will contribute to the country’s growth. The two men were in town Tuesday to make their pitch for just such a new and dispassionate look at the issue.

But Obama’s election year epiphany that he could implement his own version of the DREAM Act by executive order, granting at least a temporary amnesty to young illegal immigrants, has left states to sort out what exactly that will mean.

The second is an op-ed:

Obama ‘law’ helps illegals

What does President Barack Obama call a bill which has repeatedly failed in Congress?

A law!

The Department of Homeland Security yesterday began accepting applications for the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA) amnesty program. The move will award renewable two-year grants of legal status, including work cards and Social Security numbers, to illegal aliens claiming to have arrived before their 16th birthday.

Huh – maybe this division of labor between the Globe and the Herald will catch on.

One could cover Red Sox games, for instance, while the other concentrates on the players’ submarining of Bobby Valentine.

Or one could cover the U.S. Senate race while the other makes Indian jokes.

Oh, wait – they’re already doing that one.

P.S. You really should read Lardner’s The Young Immigrunts (linked above). It’s a hoot.


4 Responses to The Young Immigrunts Edition

  1. […] Globe/Herald division of labor: One has facts, the other has opinions. See IGTLTDT for details. (Special Ring Lardner bonus […]

  2. It’s amazing how many things Republican lawmakers are in favor of after they vote against it. And vice versa, come to think of it. Immigration reform, stimulus money, etc.

  3. Bob Gardner says:

    Quaint that the Herald is still describing Murdoch as a “former owner”.
    The terms of his sale of the paper to Patrick Purcell were never made public, so far as I know. So maybe Murdoch is out completely, or maybe he still has some interest. Those editorial writers are working for undocumented bosses.

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