A Thursday editorial, "Courage in Arizona ," rehashed two of the Times' sillier stories this year, coverage of two tiny, tiny marches  in support of the Dream Act, which would offer a citizenship path to illegals brought to the U.S. as children.
The protests involved a grand total of nine students yet somehow resulted in two full stories, with photos, in the print edition of the New York Times. That's more total print coverage than the Times provided the massive, 100,000-plus rally on Capitol Hill on September 12, 2009.
The editorial did not stint on the melodrama:
Four young immigrant students risked everything on Monday when they sat down in Senator John McCain's office in Tucson and refused to leave. They were urging passage of the Dream Act, a bill offering a citizenship path to illegal immigrants who, like them, were brought to the United States as children, too young to have willfully broken the law.You can follow Times Watch on Twitter .
For the undocumented, any encounter with law enforcement is perilous - especially in Arizona, where a new law pushes the hunt for illegal immigrants beyond the limits of reason, proportion and the Constitution.
Three of the student protesters were arrested for misdemeanor trespassing. Though later freed, they faced the risk of prison and deportation to press for a bill.
The disobedient students in Arizona, and four others who walked to Washington from Florida this spring to press for the Dream Act, want the opportunity that others take for granted: the chance to earn college degrees, to forge better lives, to fulfill their potential in their home country. These are dreams that to them are well worth the risk.