Illegal Immigrants Still Cowering in "the Shadows"

Saturday's front-pageheadline, "Glare of Fires Pull Migrants From Shadows" over Randal Archibold and Will Carless' story about the California wildfires, marked at least the third time since June 8 the Times has characterized illegals as cowering in "the shadows."


"Immigrants from south of the border, many illegal, provide the backbone of menial labor in San Diego, picking fruit, cleaning hotel rooms, sweeping walks and mowing lawns.


"The wildfires, one of the biggest disasters to strike the county, exposed their often-invisible existence in ways that were sometimes deadly."


The reporters let illegal immigrant advocates bash the government via the class war angle.


"Terri Trujillo, who helps the immigrants, checked on those in the canyons, urging them to leave, too, when she left her house in Rancho Peñasquitos ahead of the fires.


"Ms. Trujillo and others who help the immigrants said they saw several out in the fields as the fires approached and ash fell on them. She said many were afraid to lose their jobs.


"'There were Mercedeses and Jaguars pulling out, people evacuating, and the migrants were still working,' said Enrique Morones, who takes food and blankets to the immigrants' camps. 'It's outrageous.'


"Some of the illegal workers who sought help from the authorities were arrested and deported. Opponents of illegal immigration, including civilian border watch groups, seized on news that immigrants had been detained at the Qualcomm Stadium evacuation center as evidence of trouble that illegal immigrants cause."