Sergio España from the ACLU of Maryland speaks to protesters. Activists protested ICE outside of its Baltimore field office on Thursday, June 27.
Sergio España from the ACLU of Maryland speaks to protesters. Activists protested ICE outside of its Baltimore field office on Thursday, June 27. (Ulysses Muñoz / Baltimore Sun)

The headline in The Baltimore Sun read, “ICE protest seeks to protect Baltimore’s immigrant community” (June 27). It signaled the shallow, blatantly one-sided reporting of the story which made no attempt to explain that the proposed ICE operation was intended to arrest those who had an order of removal from an immigration judge at the end of a long asylum-petition review process that often lasts for years.

A more accurate headline would have read, “ICE protest seeks to protect unauthorized immigrants who have defied court orders.” Immigration is not a human right. A just and credible immigration system that serves the national interest must set reasonable limits, provide due process and enforce the law. Competent reporting on an issue as emotional and complex as immigration requires a commitment to informing your readers, not touting the work of activists who defy the rule of law that is essential for a democratic society.

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Jerry Kammer, State College, Pa.

The writer is a senior research fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies.

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