Leave it to the tax-supported National Public Radio to see boogeymen
working secretively to get Arizona's illegal immigration reform law passed in order to make a pile of money by building and operating prisons.
Here's how NPR described the boogeymen:
It was last December at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. Inside,
there was a meeting of a secretive group called the American Legislative
Exchange Council. Insiders call it ALEC. [Emphasis added.]
Secretive? NPR would have us believe that discovering this evil cabal was like discovering the Klan plotting, in the dark backwoods, a government coup. It's so secretive that the council has a web site.
As you might expect from such a "secretive" group, it openly lists its leadership, one of which is that well-known schemer, Illinois Sen. Kirk Dillard, who serves as a state co-chairman from Illinois. Besides state legislators and other public officials, private sector members come from such clandestine corporate giants as AT&T and Illinois-based State Farm Insurance. Of course, we know that anything to do with big corporations is evil.
ALEC is so secretive that it openly admits its bias: "'ALEC is the conservative, free-market orientated, limited-government
group,' said Michael Hough, who was staff director of the meeting."
Then NPR starts getting facts wrong. For example, its report says:
The [illegal immigration] law is being challenged in the courts. But if it's upheld, it
requires police to lock up anyone they stop who cannot show proof they
entered the country legally. [Emphasis added.]
No it doesn't. It requires an identity check only when the officer has a
reasonable suspicion that the person has entered the country illegally.
The same as federal law. And only when the officer has stopped that
someone for some other legitimate reason. That's contrary to the story's impression
that Arizona cops will randomly stop and "lock up" people on whim.
Then, there's bit of astonishing naivete:
Asked if the private companies usually get to write model bills for the
legislators, Hough said, "Yeah, that's the way it's set up. It's a
public-private partnership. We believe both sides, businesses and
lawmakers should be at the same table, together."
Shocked, shocked, NPR must be that private companies conceive and write
model bills. So do labor unions, abortion industry profiteers,
environmental groups and every other "progressive" outfit.
This is sloppy and slanted reporting, designed to make villains out of
people acting legally and in the open to enforce laws that the federal
government won't. The villains, of course, are anyone who believes in
the free market, and uses government policies to make a profit by
filling a public need.
NPR is unworthy of public financial support.