When the Associated Press announced it was dropping the term “illegal immigrant” from its stylebook, the world’s largest news-gathering outlet did offer reporters “acceptable variations,” such as “living in a country without legal permission.” The Washington Post might have settled on its own variation, which is leaving illegal immigration status out of its reporting entirely.
Washington Post reporter Justin Jouvenal is live-tweeting the murder trial of Julio Miguel Blanco Garcia, a day laborer who is charged in the brutal stabbing death of 19-year-old Vanessa Pham. Blanco Garcia has pleaded not guilty, and his defense attorney says his client, who was planning to steal TVs from a store, was hallucinating from having smoked several PCP-laced cigarettes. It was “a perfect storm of tragedy,” see?
Everyone knows that “MT” stands for “modified tweet,” but some harsh doses of truth require WWMTM, for “Wow, way more than modified.”
Don’t worry; there’s no charge for adding pertinent facts.
The horrific murder of Vanessa Pham was 100 percent preventable. Blanco-Garcia never should have been here in the first place. After each encounter with law enforcement, he should have been detained, deported and kept out. For good.
But … Dreamers! Or something.