Fox Nation equates temporary protections for Haitians in the U.S. with "Amnesty" for "Illegal Aliens"

››› ››› JOCELYN FONG

A January 15 Fox Nation headline asserted, "Obama Moves to Grant Amnesty to Haitian Illegal Aliens." However, the article to which Fox Nation linked reported on the temporary suspension of deportations of undocumented Haitian immigrants and on widespread calls for the administration to grant temporary protected status to such individuals, making no mention of "amnesty to Haitian illegal aliens."

Fox Nation claims, "Obama Moves to Grant Amnesty to Haitian Illegal Aliens"

The following headline was posted on Fox Nation on January 15:

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In fact, Obama administration suspended deportations to Haiti "for the time being"

NYT: Administration "temporarily suspended deportations of illegal immigrants" from Haiti. The New York Daily News article to which Fox Nation linked reported that "the Obama administration has halted deportations" of undocumented Haitian immigrants. The New York Times further reported on January 13 that "Obama administration officials on Wednesday temporarily suspended deportations of illegal immigrants from that country. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Haitian deportations would be halted 'for the time being,' without specifying a time period."

NY Daily News reported calls for temporary protected status for Haitians in the U.S., which "doesn't lead to permanent residency." The Daily News article further reported on calls for the Obama administration to grant Haitians "the U.S. special status to stay here until conditions improve" and stated that "[t]he status doesn't lead to permanent residency and ends after 18 months, but it can be renewed."

U.S. has previously granted temporary protected status to immigrants from countries ravaged by natural disasters. According to a January 13 Wonk Room report, "[t]he U.S. generously granted and extended TPS for 82,000 Hondurans and 5,000 Nicaraguans after Hurricane Mitch in 1998 and to 260,000 Salvadorans after an earthquake in 2001. There's no reason why Haitians should be treated any different."

Fox Nation's headlines routinely misrepresent the articles to which they link

Fox Nation: "Fire Napolitano? She Says 'The System Worked,' Then Backtracks." On December 28, Fox Nation posted an article about Napolitano, claiming that she "conceded Monday that airline security failed ... a turnaround from her declaration a day day [sic] earlier that 'the system worked.' " The Fox Nation headline asked if Napolitano should be fired, though the FoxNews.com article to which Fox Nation linked contained no such declarations.

Fox Nation: "Obama Triples Budget Deficit to $1.4 Trillion." On October 9, Fox Nation linked to an Associated Press article posted on FoxNews.com that reported that "[t]he federal budget deficit tripled to a record $1.4 trillion for the 2009 fiscal year that ended last week." The article did not attribute the entire deficit to Obama, reporting: "The unprecedented flood of red ink flows from several factors, including a big drop in tax revenues due to the recession, $245 billion in emergency spending on the Wall Street bailout and the takeover of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Then there is almost $200 billion in costs from President Obama's economic stimulus bill, as well as increases in programs such as unemployment benefits and food stamps."

Fox Nation: "Pelosi Requires All Homes to Meet Eco-Standards Before They Can Be Sold." On July 1, Fox Nation linked to a CNSNews.com article under the headline, "Pelosi Requires All Homes to Meet Eco-Standards Before They Can Be Sold" -- a claim not supported by the CNS article. CNSNews.com's Matt Cover reported that the American Clean Energy and Security Act recently passed by the House of Representatives "contains a new federal policy that residential, commercial, and government buildings be retrofitted to increase energy efficiency, leaving it up to the states to figure out exactly how to do that." Cover then theorized that this policy "means that homeowners, for example, could be required to retrofit their homes to meet federal 'green' guidelines in order to sell their homes."

Fox Nation: "Georgia Only Wants Citizens Voting ... Holder Says That's Racist." In a June 2 headline, Fox Nation falsely claimed that Attorney General Eric Holder "[s]ays" it is "[r]acist" to allow only citizens to vote in Georgia. In fact, the June 1 AP article Fox Nation linked to makes clear that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has not opposed restricting voting to citizens; rather, the AP reported that the DOJ said in a letter that it had rejected Georgia's process after finding that it illegally denies some citizens, and disproportionately minorities, the right to vote.

Fox Nation headline: "Obama Says U.S. Is a 'Muslim Country.' " On June 2, Fox Nation featured a headline stating, "Obama Says U.S. Is a 'Muslim Country.' " However, the June 2 New York Times Caucus blog post to which the headline linked noted that, in fact, during an interview with French television station Canal Plus, President Obama said, "[I]f you actually took the number of Muslim Americans, we'd be one of the largest Muslim countries in the world."

Fox Nation: Sotomayor "Wants to Ban Guns." In a May 28 headline, Fox Nation baselessly claimed that then-Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor "Wants to Ban Guns." The headline linked to a May 28 CNSNews.com article that made no mention of Sotomayor expressing or indicating a desire to "ban guns." Rather, CNSNews.com reported that Sotomayor was part of a three-judge 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel that cited Supreme Court precedent in ruling that "the Second Amendment does not protect individuals from having their right to keep and bear arms restricted by state governments."

Fox Nation: "Taliban Copies Democrat Playbook" On April 20, Fox Nation featured the headline, "Taliban Copies Democrat Playbook." But The New York Times article to which it linked -- which described insurgency tactics such as roadside bombs -- made no mention of the Democratic Party.

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