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Why 'illegal immigrant' is a slur
CNN ^ | July 5, 2012 | Charles Garcia

Posted on 07/05/2012 10:49:51 AM PDT by moonshinner_09

(CNN) -- Last month's Supreme Court decision in the landmark Arizona immigration case was groundbreaking for what it omitted: the words "illegal immigrants" and "illegal aliens," except when quoting other sources. The court's nonjudgmental language established a humanistic approach to our current restructuring of immigration policy.

When you label someone an "illegal alien" or "illegal immigrant" or just plain "illegal," you are effectively saying the individual, as opposed to the actions the person has taken, is unlawful. The terms imply the very existence of an unauthorized migrant in America is criminal.

In this country, there is still a presumption of innocence that requires a jury to convict someone of a crime. If you don't pay your taxes, are you an illegal? What if you get a speeding ticket? A murder conviction? No. You're still not an illegal. Even alleged terrorists and child molesters aren't labeled illegals.

By becoming judge, jury and executioner, you dehumanize the individual and generate animosity toward them. New York Times editorial writer Lawrence Downes says "illegal" is often "a code word for racial and ethnic hatred."

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Conspiracy; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: alien; divideandconquer; dncalkingpoints; goebbelswouldbeproud; illegalalien; illegalimmigrant; illegals; immigration; pravdamedia; racebaiters; racebaiting; racism; wordnazis
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So if I follow his logic right, anybody crossing the border illegally should be advised, there is still a presumption of innocence that requires a jury to convict someone of a crime.You may carry on, we cannot ask you if you illegal ?
1 posted on 07/05/2012 10:49:55 AM PDT by moonshinner_09
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To: moonshinner_09

OK, call them criminal aliens.


2 posted on 07/05/2012 10:52:18 AM PDT by Paladin2
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Mexicans want a standard applied to them that they don’t apply to illegals in their own country.


3 posted on 07/05/2012 10:52:29 AM PDT by marron
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Hey Garcia -- I have your slur right here:

FOAD!!


4 posted on 07/05/2012 10:53:46 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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To: Paladin2

That’ll work.


5 posted on 07/05/2012 10:54:00 AM PDT by Silentgypsy (If you love your freedom, thank a vet.)
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To: marron

OK, let’s call them “invaders”.


6 posted on 07/05/2012 10:54:46 AM PDT by expat2
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To: moonshinner_09

...and CNN wonders why it’s become the laughing stock of, well, everyone.


7 posted on 07/05/2012 10:55:10 AM PDT by frankenMonkey (This tagline for rent. Inquire within.)
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Mexicans want a standard applied to them that they don’t apply to illegals in their own country.

That's because many of them believe they own the entire continent, and WE'RE the interlopers.

8 posted on 07/05/2012 10:55:36 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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When you label someone an "illegal alien" or "illegal immigrant" or just plain "illegal," you are effectively saying the individual, as opposed to the actions the person has taken, is unlawful.

OK, then, we'll call them "Invaders" and "New Conquistadores" instead.

9 posted on 07/05/2012 10:56:00 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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When you label someone an "illegal alien" or "illegal immigrant" or just plain "illegal," you are effectively saying the individual, as opposed to the actions the person has taken, is unlawful.

Fine. Call them criminals.

10 posted on 07/05/2012 10:56:53 AM PDT by Cementjungle
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Or Invading Barbarians.


11 posted on 07/05/2012 10:56:59 AM PDT by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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[ Mexicans want a standard applied to them that they don’t apply to illegals in their own country. ]

If Mitt Romney was Sly and not an idiot RINO when asked about immingration he should simple say we should adopt the “Mexican Laws” for Immigration.

Watch LaRaza try to spin that.

But he is a Dull RINO....


12 posted on 07/05/2012 10:57:15 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: moonshinner_09

Would it be a slur if I called Garcia an asshat?


13 posted on 07/05/2012 10:59:06 AM PDT by JaguarXKE (If my Fluffy had a puppy, it would look like the puppy Obama ate!)
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When you cross a border the way you dispel the idea that you are an "illegal" is to show your visa.

That's anywhere on this planet. It is our way of life. People who don't like that idea should probably find someplace else to live.

14 posted on 07/05/2012 10:59:39 AM PDT by muawiyah
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Yeah, I agree.

It is a slur on the defintion of the word “immigrant”. It is also an insult to legal, honest immigrants, seeking a bettter life, use that term on these line-jumping criminals.

Instead, I got: Racist, invading, parastic thieves.


15 posted on 07/05/2012 11:00:45 AM PDT by EyeGuy (Armed, judgmental, fiscally responsible heterosexual.)
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Read that too fast, cruised back and realized you hadn’t said “wankers” ~


16 posted on 07/05/2012 11:00:55 AM PDT by muawiyah
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Yeah, I agree.

It is a slur on the defintion of the word “immigrant”. It is also an insult to legal, honest immigrants, seeking a better life, to use that term on these line-jumping, arrogant criminals.

Instead, I got: Racist, invading, parastic thieves.


17 posted on 07/05/2012 11:01:20 AM PDT by EyeGuy (Armed, judgmental, fiscally responsible heterosexual.)
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spoken by the same left wing hypocrites who constantly refer to legal, taxpaying Americans as “teabaggers” or “rednecks”...


18 posted on 07/05/2012 11:01:20 AM PDT by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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And rape should be referred to as an undocumented booty call and murder a post natal abortion.


19 posted on 07/05/2012 11:03:48 AM PDT by Happy Rain ("With one appallingly stupid ruling SCCJ Roberts converted tax lawyers into defense attorneys.")
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OK, let's call them "Conquistadors."
20 posted on 07/05/2012 11:10:00 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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