A straw man argument is defined as a logical fallacy based on giving the impression of refuting an opponents argument while actually refuting an argument which was not advanced by that opponent. One would think that journalists would be trained to avoid employing the fallacy but apparently not. In his story about Trumps immigration plan AP reporter Russell Contreras claims Trump wants to deport all 11 million illegal immigrants. He quotes Jorge Ramos as saying “you cannot deport 11 million people” during his recent tussle with Trump. Contreras continued his argument saying “ Trump has provided few details on how his proposed deportation effort would be carried out. The conservative leaning American Action Forum concluded in a report it would cost between $400billion to $600 billion and take 20 years to remove an estimated 11.2 million immigrants living in the country illegally.
This is all a prime example of a straw man that has been setup to be torn down. Trump’s immigration plan doesn’t call for the rounding up and deportation of 11 million people. Trump hasn’t even been quoted as saying such a thing. The closest he gets is when he says illegals have to go, which of course is just saying what the law requires. Also trump has provided many details in his multifaceted immigration plan. A look at Trump’s actual plan shows us how wrong Contreras and all the other reporters who are using this straw man are.
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