NBC has yet to cover a major shift by the Obama administration that would halt deportation of illegal immigrants who have not committed a crime. According to the Washington Times , up to 300,000 cases could be impacted by this decision.
Despite ignoring the development, NBC did find time to cover the story of Boris, the 550 pound pig. Natalie Morales explained, "His owners have him on a diet and he's dropped an impressive 75 pounds."
The pig coverage appeared on Friday's Today, a program that lasts for four hours. Boris warranted more attention than the new immigration policy.
The change garnered more coverage on CBS's Evening News and Early Show. ABC's World News also mentioned it briefly.
On Friday's Evening News, John Blackstone mostly framed the development through the prism of an illegal immigrant.
He related, "Andrea Garcia was five years old when her mother brought her here illegally from Mexico. Now she's a college graduate." The reporter sympathetically relayed, "The new policy directing immigration authorities to focus on deporting convicted criminals may mean Andrea's family can stay."
Blackstone allowed one clip of Dan Stein with the conservative Federation for American Immigration Reform. He derided, "They think most immigrants are going to vote Democrat. It's pure partisan politics." ABC wasn't much better. On Thursday's World News, Diane Sawyer briefly explained:
DIANE SAWYER: And now, news on one of America's hot button issues, illegal immigration. A major policy change was announced today. The Obama administration will stop deporting illegal immigrants who have not committed a crime in this country. Instead, offering some of the 300,000 people clogging the courts a case by case review and a chance to apply for a work permit.