Skip to comments.No human being is illegal: It's time to drop the 'i-word'(bark alert)
Posted on 04/08/2013 9:05:10 AM PDT by Ennis85
The term "illegal immigrant" dehumanises and criminalises people who are denied the opportunity to obtain authorisation.
Language has been in the news lately.
Last Tuesday, on April 2, the Associated Press announced it would no longer use "illegal immigrant" to refer to people living in a country without permission.
The previous week, Alaska Republican Congressman Don Young referred workers in his father's farm as "wetbacks", although he subsequently apologised for the racialised slander.
Why is language so important? What are people so upset about?
The word "wetback" is a reference to the fact that many people who cross into the United States without authorisation must cross the Rio Grande. Mexicans and non-Mexicans use the term colloquially. The US government referred to their 1954 mass repatriation campaigns along the southern border as "Operation Wetback".
In her research with Mexican immigrants, Ruth Gomberg-Munoz found that undocumented Mexicans use the Spanish equivalent (mojados) to describe themselves, even if they had not actually gotten their backs wet in the Rio Grande. Nevertheless, Gomberg-Munoz chooses not to use the word in her own writing, because many people find the word offensive.
(Excerpt) Read more at aljazeera.com ...
we should call them what they are.
The nazis needed to change the language as well.
Criminal alien border law violators.
Works for me...
I like “uninvited criminals”, myself.
Criminal aliens would be more accurate. If you make a list of all the laws they routinely violate..they are criminals.
Please can we huh please!?
As Mamma used to say:
“Consider the Source.”
The terrorist-front “news” service prompting decriminilization of illegal immigrants because of all the muslem terrorists sneaking into America across our already-open borders?
Hey Al Jazeera, I got two words for ya.........and it ain’t happy birthday.
Prisions are FULL of “illegals”!!
No conceived person is a “blob of tissue”!
You want “dignity” for human beings?
Invaders or criminals works for me.
Ennis85~: (from the article) “ .. referred workers in his father’s farm as “wetbacks”, although he subsequently apologised for the racialised slander.”
No apology needed - it has nothing to do with race
it has everything to do with how they got here illegally.
Wetbacks (?) ..I don’t think so !
Just because it is now ‘politicaly correct’ , doesn’t make it right or true.
The term wetback is a mode of transmigration , not a racial divide
Why then does the author and Aljazeera have no problem with the dozens of articles published on Aljazeera.com that refer to Israeli settlers are called "illegal Settlers?"
Google search results for ["illegal settlers" israel site:aljazeera.com]
I prefer Invading Barbarians.