Plenty of news outlets are reporting on the failure of the U.S. Senate’s so-called immigration reform plan (i.e., SHAMNESTY), so I decided to check out what foreign news media outlets are writing about the issue. Please know, however, that I’ve opted not to report any news coverage from south of the border. I think most Americans know what kind of reporting we would find in the Mexican news media. And so I begin:
Under the headline, Bush law on aliens collapses, The Australian began their story this way:
US President George W. Bush suffered a devastating setback to his top national reform agenda yesterday when a deal to grant legal status to 12 million illegal immigrants collapsed amid partisan rancour.
From the Philippines, the lead paragraph of a Manila Standard Today article, Immigration reform bill dies; RP vets can’t join kin, focused on the impact the legislation’s failure will have on the children of Filipino World War II veterans:
The failure of the US Senate to advance an immigration bill has stymied Senator Daniel Akaka’s effort to enable the children of Filipino World War II veterans to join their parents in the United States.
Finally, an Irish Examiner article under the headline, Ahern: ‘The fight goes on’ for immigration reform in US, began this way:
The Government today pledged to fight for the rights of undocumented Irish in the United States after the rejection of a major new immigration bill.
That was followed by a statement that Ireland’s Foreign Affairs Minister Dermot Ahern said he was disappointed new legislation to provide legal status to thousands of Irish had failed to be ratified by the U.S. Senate.
After reading the articles cited above, one common belief shines through: The United States remains, in the words of Ronald Reagan, a “shining city on a hill” that people worldwide long to enjoy.