March 28, 2006, - 3:45 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
In conjunction with yesterday’s mass illegal alien rallies around the country to cow Senators’ into softness on tougher legislation, The Detroit News a/k/a “The Detroit Spews” gave us a sob story about a poor, stateless, homeless Palestinian illegal alien whose new wife, kid, pet, and barber are “just nuts about him.”
We note, as we have repeatedly pointed out on this site, that this same newspaper has the high honor and distinction of employing the nation’s only opinion columnist who doubles as an Iranian/Hezbollah agent and lied about it on his applications for green card and citizenship.
Now back to the story. And we mean, story. The fairy tale of the wonderful, marvelous Faris Alami invaded not any of the local or national news portions of the Spews. Nope.
It was on the cover of the traditionally chick-oriented “Features” section. You know, the one that usually has segments on cooking, diets, prom dresses, what Britney and Jessica are up to, and the umpteenth feature on the gazillionth Tupac retrospective.
That’s why on Illegal-Aliens-Make-Pinata-Out-of-America Day, the Detroit Spews chose to feature the “charming” Mr. Alami and family. Like every overly-fertilized article on “Brokeback Mountain” being about a love story, the Detroit Spews is appealing to America’s women to feel all gushy and upset about the tragic love story of deportee Faris Alami.
Faris Alami is a student who came here on a student visa. He overstayed that visa. He was ordered deported. So guess what he did? Like a thousand others, he got married to an American and had a kid with her. So what.
Well, we’re told–beneath a smiling aw-shucks-cute photo of Faris, wife Lara and Baby at a Church (he’s Muslim; not mentioned) with someone else’s baby–that Alami is a taxpayer and homeowner, that he’s working on getting a college degree. You know, the degree he came here to get in 1990. You’ve heard of the five-year plan? Illegal aliens have the 16-year plan for college, apparently.
We’re told that his wife’s church, the Presbyterian Church, “is nuts about him.” Does this sound like an objective news story to you? Oh, and by the way, that’s the same church which is divesting from and boycotting Israel. So–surprise, surprise–that they welcome this Palestinian who is breaking our laws.
We are told that Mr. Alami cannot return to his native Kuwait because Saddam Hussein invaded it. Hmmm . . . . We doubt very much that Saddam Hussein will be much of a threat to Alami from his jail cell and ongoing trial. Then, there’s the issue of when Saddam Hussein was defeated, beaten back, and completely driven out of Kuwait in early 1991. Gee, what’s Alami’s excuse for the ensuing 15 years?
We’re told a whole host of other sympathetic stories about Alami, none of which could be or were verified, but all of which are reported as fact. Because, if a lawbreaker alien said so, it must be the gospel. We’re told that Saddam Hussein threw him into a jail cell in Kuwait, where Iraqi soldiers interrogated him. Again, Saddam . . . jail cell in Iraq and on trial . . . out of Kuwait in 1991. Hello? Then there’s that other fact, which the clueless, gushing writer (hard to call Michael H. Hodges a “reporter”) didn’t quite grasp: During the invasion of Kuwait, Palestinians there and else where ferventlysupported Saddam’s invasion. Kuwaitis, NOT Palestinians were treated to Saddam’s ire during the very brief Iraqi invasion.
Then, there’s our favorite segment of the story. The humanizing segment. After all, only Hobbits should be deported. We’re told that Palestinian illegal alien Faris Alami’s wife cooks, and it smells good:
The kitchen in the couple’s tidy home fills with the smell of a chicken dish that Lara’s stirring.
After all, if your home is tidy, and you eat aromatic chicken . . . Well, gosh darnit, you must be a good person who should never be deported. Only good people are neat and eat chicken. (Tell that to PETA.) And only the sloppy and bad cooks (or those with wives who are bad cooks) should be deported. And to think that silly Congress never discovered these important distinctions and delineations in the Immigration Bill. Incredible.
And don’t forget to notice not one, but TWO pics of illegal alien Faris Alami with smiling babies (one under the word “God”).
It’s stories like these that melt your heart (or that of someone who’s overly sappy and maudlin) and are designed to squelch or obscure reasonable observations that the majority of Americans–in poll after poll–have made: Illegal aliens must go. Students overstaying visas must go. Those who ignore deportation orders–and get married and father kids–must go.
But, finally, WE are to blame. The “WE” includes a big helping of Julie Myers and Michael Chertoff, our “friends” at Homeland Security. You see, WE are making it easier for Alami–and sundry others like him nationwide–to stay. He is given a temporary work permit. Why? He’s a law-breaker who was ordered deported.
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