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Monday, May 10, 2010

Newsom Spokesman's Mantra: 'We Report, We Don't Deport'

Posted By on Mon, May 10, 2010 at 5:15 PM

click to enlarge Well, these guys do deport
  • Well, these guys do deport
Rare is the catchphrase that makes the jump to the public consciousness. If the glove doesn't fit,  you must acquit: Johnnie Cochran at the O.J. Simpson trial (they acquitted). Read my lips; no new taxes: George H.W. Bush (he enacted new taxes).

Mayor Gavin Newsom's spokesman, Tony Winnicker, is apparently attempting to break into the catchphrase pantheon via his current all-purpose soundbite to defend the city's stance on reporting undocumented immigrants to the authorities: "We report, we don't deport." As in, Immigration will use its discretion in making sure to deport the right people -- our hands are clean.

At our count, this phrase has now been printed in the Chronicle three times in the last three weeks alone. It first popped up after Immigration and Customs Enforcement's decision to save an Australian family from deportation after the city reported their young son. Winnicker said the move validated that the mayor's program was working. "We report, we don't deport."

click to enlarge Tony 'Report Em, Deport Em' Winnicker
  • Tony 'Report Em, Deport Em' Winnicker
The new federal program that requires the sheriff's department to check the fingerprints of everyone they pick up starting next month? No problem, bro: "We report, we don't deport."

The Chron even decided to award it with "Quote of the Week" status on Sunday, and reprinted it. Must we encourage this? But that reprinting makes three -- and in journalism, that marks a trend.

Or in this case, a jingle. Of course, not too many people in the sanctuary city are singing along with the mayor on this one.

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