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Mission perverted

The same noble intent behind Scottish immigrant and Pittsburgh icon Andrew Carnegie's funding of public libraries has been perverted to skew the immigration debate toward those who favor amnesty for illegal aliens and to demonize those who support the rule of law and sensible restrictions.

In a new Center for Immigration Studies ( cis.org ) report, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jerry Kammer documents how the century-old Carnegie Corporation of New York's "strident, polarizing, and partisan" immigration activism betrays the mission Mr. Carnegie set for it -- fostering democratic discussion of complex issues.

In the last 10 years, Carnegie grants of at least $57 million have funded "news stories," groups, think tanks and conferences that were anything but open-minded regarding any approach to immigration other than amnesty -- known inside the Beltway as "comprehensive immigration reform."

Carnegie even bankrolled smear campaigns that wrongly labeled the anti-amnesty Federation for American Immigration Reform and CIS as "hate groups."

Contrary to its mission, the Carnegie Corporation's one-sided immigration activism hinders genuine debate and efforts to find common ground. Were he still around, Andrew Carnegie would be thoroughly disgusted.

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