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No human being is illegal: It's time to drop the 'i-word'(bark alert)
Al Jazeera ^ | 08 Apr 2013 | Tanya Golash-Boza

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 ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Society
KEYWORDS: aliens; illegal; illegals; immigrants; mexicans; unducumenteddemocrat

1 posted on 04/08/2013 9:05:10 AM PDT by Ennis85
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To: Ennis85

i agree!

we should call them what they are.

criminals.


2 posted on 04/08/2013 9:06:27 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Ennis85

The nazis needed to change the language as well.


3 posted on 04/08/2013 9:08:02 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Ennis85
It's time to drop the 'i-word'(bark alert)

WOOF!!


4 posted on 04/08/2013 9:10:15 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: Ennis85
They are

ILLEGAL ALIENS

5 posted on 04/08/2013 9:13:36 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Ennis85

OK.

Criminal alien border law violators.

Works for me...

.


6 posted on 04/08/2013 9:14:01 AM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: Ennis85

I like “uninvited criminals”, myself.


7 posted on 04/08/2013 9:14:48 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Ennis85

8 posted on 04/08/2013 9:16:48 AM PDT by RobertClark (My shrink just killed himself - he blamed me in his note!)
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To: dfwgator

Criminal aliens would be more accurate. If you make a list of all the laws they routinely violate..they are criminals.


9 posted on 04/08/2013 9:16:57 AM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: Ennis85
Can we call them "undocumented Democrat voters?"

Please can we huh please!?

10 posted on 04/08/2013 9:16:58 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: Ennis85

Al Jazeera.

As Mamma used to say:

“Consider the Source.”


11 posted on 04/08/2013 9:17:10 AM PDT by left that other site (Worry is the darkroom that developes negatives.)
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12 posted on 04/08/2013 9:18:31 AM PDT by onyx
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To: Ennis85

The terrorist-front “news” service prompting decriminilization of illegal immigrants because of all the muslem terrorists sneaking into America across our already-open borders?


13 posted on 04/08/2013 9:18:37 AM PDT by faithhopecharity (()
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To: Ennis85

Hey Al Jazeera, I got two words for ya.........and it ain’t happy birthday.


14 posted on 04/08/2013 9:19:30 AM PDT by V_TWIN (obama=where there's smoke, there's mirrors)
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To: Ennis85

Prisions are FULL of “illegals”!!

Hey LEFTISTS!

No conceived person is a “blob of tissue”!

You want “dignity” for human beings?

Start there!


15 posted on 04/08/2013 9:22:12 AM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: Ennis85

Invaders or criminals works for me.


16 posted on 04/08/2013 9:23:05 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: Ennis85

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.

Caucasian
Negroid
Mongoloid
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


17 posted on 04/08/2013 9:24:44 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt ("Political correctness is tyranny with manners." - Charlton Heston)
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To: Ennis85
Wetback was a concise, colorful and descriptive slang term for illegal alien Mexican. As that old leftie Carl Sandburg said: "Slang is language that rolls up its sleeves spits, on its hands, and goes to work."
18 posted on 04/08/2013 9:30:49 AM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished.)
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To: Ennis85
"Illegal immigrants" is dehumanizing?

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]

19 posted on 04/08/2013 9:32:57 AM PDT by drpix
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To: sten

I prefer Invading Barbarians.


20 posted on 04/08/2013 9:33:35 AM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: Ennis85

it’s not illegal to be a human, but it is illegal to be a human in another country you’re not supposed to be in...

hows that- better?


21 posted on 04/08/2013 9:34:05 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: Ennis85

Oh? How ‘bout illegal alien loser...loser?


22 posted on 04/08/2013 9:34:48 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I think thats the one that finally got Jay Leno axed


23 posted on 04/08/2013 9:35:21 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: Ennis85

The “i-word”? Are they usually this blatant about attempting to control the language? This is about as subtle as a jackhammer.


24 posted on 04/08/2013 9:35:28 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Ennis85
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25 posted on 04/08/2013 10:00:31 AM PDT by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government shoud fear us.)
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To: Ennis85
No human being is illegal
Unless of course they are neonatal survivors of abortion - or Germans who are refugees from a country whose government demands, in the name of suppressing Naziism, the same sort of suppression of children’s Christian education that Hitler himself demanded.

Even if the family has what would in the context of Mexican immigrants be called an “anchor baby.”


26 posted on 04/08/2013 10:23:47 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (“Liberalism” is a conspiracy against the public by wire-service journalism.)
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To: sten
i agree!

we should call them what they are.

criminals.

Or WETBACKS!!

27 posted on 04/08/2013 10:29:06 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Go RED SOX....The 101st year of ol' Fenway!)
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To: Ennis85

I wonder if this writer from Al Jazeera also wants to legitimize the Jewish settlements on the West Bank which the Palestinians have declared to be illegal?

It’s so hard to keep your biases straight.


28 posted on 04/08/2013 10:56:47 AM PDT by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: Ennis85

Let me get this straight, we’re to no longer ‘dehumanize’ these pigs whose males regularly choose to expose themseves to urinate in public in the residential neghborhoods of my fair city?

OK sure, just as soon as they assimilate into my culture and start displaying some semblance of civilized behavior.


29 posted on 04/08/2013 11:35:54 AM PDT by rhoda_penmark
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To: Ennis85

I would in the spirit of compromise Obama has shown us, be willing to replace “illegal” with “criminal”.


30 posted on 04/08/2013 11:53:55 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Ennis85

No human being is above the law.


31 posted on 04/08/2013 11:56:10 AM PDT by Vision (Obama is king of the "Takers." Don't be a "Taker.")
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To: Ennis85

Do NOT allow the Left to control the language. Notice how this writer quickly segues into the word “wetback”, knowing that that word has racial connotations. The Left is evil, and we need to stop letting them control the conversation.


32 posted on 04/08/2013 1:21:05 PM PDT by Clock King
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To: Ennis85
I find the term “illegal immigrant” offensive, not because of the stigmatizing “illegal” but because the word “immigrant” implies that the subjects are here to stay. I think we should correct this misconception and call them what they truly are, trespassers.

There is an established procedure for entering the country with intent to stay as a permanent citizen with all the rights and privileges thereto attached. You are free to use it and welcome, sneak in in the dead of night and we'll bounce you back from whence you came.

Our "border policy" with Mexico should be a word for word copy of Mexico's border policy with Guatemala. Armed troops and live fire to support a strict no "illegal entry" policy. Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

Regards,
GtG

33 posted on 04/08/2013 1:56:02 PM PDT by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: Ennis85

Nonsense. There are times when I am illegal; driving 70 in a 55 zone, rolling through a stop sign at a deserted intersection, sneaking into a posted pond for a little fishing. The difference is, I stop the action and am no longer illegal. The only way they can cease to be illegal is by doing the same; by going back.

They ain’t doin’ it!


34 posted on 04/08/2013 1:57:39 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Ennis85

We don’t need no stinking borders, only those Mexicans need to arrest people for crossing illegally.


35 posted on 04/08/2013 2:01:28 PM PDT by MaxMax
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To: Ennis85

Except for newborn babies, apparently.......


36 posted on 04/08/2013 4:55:06 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: Ennis85

They are NOT immigrants, so let us drop that ‘i’ word

They are Foreign Alien Criminal Invaders


37 posted on 04/08/2013 5:02:49 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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