WASHINGTON (June 3, 2016) – Michelle Malkin, nationally syndicated commentator and author, is the 2016 recipient of the Eugene Katz Award for Excellence in the Coverage of Immigration. The award, presented annually by the Center for Immigration Studies, highlights good reporting on a topic where sentimentality and group-think are all too common.
The award is seldom presented to commentators; past recipients have included reporters at the Washington Post, the Dallas Morning News, the Copley News Service, and elsewhere. But the depth and breadth of Malkin's original reporting on immigration – in columns, blogs, and books – puts her in a different league from other opinion journalists.
Malkin has been writing on immigration issues for years. Her 2002 book “Invasion” exposed glaring vulnerabilities in the immigration system that allowed the 9/11 terrorists – and many other threats to national security and public safety – to enter the country.
Most recently, she co-authored “Sold Out” with John Miano, a Fellow with the Center; it was published last fall by Simon & Schuster. In it they detail the many ways the immigration system is manipulated to displace and replace skilled American workers in favor of cheap foreign labor. Using real world examples, they dispel the myth of a skilled worker shortage, showing that the use of tech visas is driven by greed and enabled by political corruption and journalistic malpractice.
In presenting the award, Mark Krikorian, Executive Director of the Center, commended Malkin for performing the shoe-leather reporting that is necessary to understand the many wrinkles of U.S. immigration policy.
In accepting the award, Malkin said, “This award, I feel, is a tribute to, not any of the storytelling that the recipients are ultimately responsible for, but more so, the whistleblowers, the activists, the advocates who are the boots on the ground in what has been an eternal battle. I consider it a privilege to be able to do what I do, so this is really the icing on the cake to win an award like this.”
When asked about her thoughts about immigration and the upcoming presidential election, Malkin said, “If we get a Trump White House, obviously I am hopeful because many of the people that I admire and respect on these issues have Trump’s ear ... but I think it behooves supporters of strict immigration enforcement and sane immigration policies to hold a Trump administration’s feet to the fire.”
This award was inaugurated in 1997 to highlight good reporting in a field where so much of the coverage is marred by more than the usual degree of bias. It is named in memory of Eugene Katz, a native New Yorker who, after attending Dartmouth and Oxford, started his career as a reporter for the Daily Oklahoman. In 1928, he joined the family business, working as an advertising salesman for the Katz Agency, and in 1952 became president of Katz Communications, a half-billion-dollar firm which not only dealt in radio and television advertising but also owned and managed a number of radio stations. Mr. Katz was a member of the Center for Immigration Studies board until shortly after his 90th birthday in 1997. He passed away in 2000.