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Is ‘Illegal Immigrant’ a Racial Slur? (That's Waycist! Alert)
NRO ^ | 6/26/2012 | Ian Tuttle

Posted on 06/26/2012 12:21:20 PM PDT by mojito

Charles Garcia — the CEO of Garcia Trujillo, a strategy firm that works with Hispanic-owned companies — does not like the term illegal immigrant. He prefers economic refugee.

He is not alone. Media Matters for America, the liberal website “dedicated to . . . correcting conservative misinformation,” claimed that Fox News used President Obama’s June 15 immigration announcement as an “opportunity to dehumanize undocumented immigrants.” MMFA reported that Fox News used the term illegals 17 times during its June 15 broadcast, illegal aliens twice, and aliens once, not including uses of these terms in on-screen text. These “racial slurs” are further proof, the site contended, of Fox’s “long, documented history of anti-immigrant bias.”

Efforts to change the parlance of the immigration debate are not new. In 2010 the Diversity Committee of the Society of Professional Journalists called on journalists nationwide to replace illegal immigrant and illegal alien with undocumented worker or undocumented immigrant, arguing that the usual terms are “offensive” to Latinos.

That same year, the Applied Research Center, a self-described “racial justice think tank,” launched its Drop the I-Word (DTIW) campaign, calling on media outlets and elected officials to “uphold reason, due process, and responsible speech by dropping the i-word.” Illegals, the think tank contends, “is a racially charged slur used to dehumanize and discriminate against immigrants and people of color regardless of migratory status.”

But while DTIW maintains that “the i-word” is racist, dehumanizing, and often inaccurate, is it actually any of the three?

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: aliens; economicrefugee; economy; illegalalien; illegalimmigrant; jobs; racebaiting
That's waycist: the last refuge of the progressive scoundrel.

It's racist, even though there is no reference to race in the term. It's "coded" you see.

And besides, it's wrong to say that something illegal is actually illegal. These folks are simply "undocumented," which makes it sound like the dog ate their papers as they were crossing the border.

1 posted on 06/26/2012 12:21:33 PM PDT by mojito
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To: mojito

I prefer ‘Illegal Inhabitants’ or ‘Foreign Invaders’. ‘Immigrant’ has a positive tone to it so it does not apply to ILLEGAL activity.


2 posted on 06/26/2012 12:24:21 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: mojito

tagline


3 posted on 06/26/2012 12:25:53 PM PDT by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: mojito
No, that would be Wet-Back!

..that's a slur.

4 posted on 06/26/2012 12:25:53 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

Criminal+immigrant = Crimmigrant


5 posted on 06/26/2012 12:26:32 PM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: mojito

He’s right. They should be called “alien invaders”.


6 posted on 06/26/2012 12:27:30 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Obama doesnÂ’t have the work ethic to be Anti-Christ.)
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To: mojito

The left has achieved so much success with the charge of racism, they apply it to every opposition they encounter.


7 posted on 06/26/2012 12:27:52 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Liz; AuntB; mojito

You two are the worst offenders here :)


8 posted on 06/26/2012 12:30:48 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is a liberal. Just watch him closely try to screw us.)
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To: mojito
I am offended by the term, "Illegal alien". The correct term is

Undocumented Democrat


9 posted on 06/26/2012 12:32:26 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (What did the president know and when did he stop knowing it?)
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To: MuttTheHoople
They must never be referred to as "immigrants". That's because you have to have an "immigration visa" to immigrate to this country.

They are, instead, illegal aliens ~

10 posted on 06/26/2012 12:34:53 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: mojito

rush limbaugh talked about “illegal immigrant” on his show today. There is no such thing as an illegal immigrant! Try illegal invader, etc. It can only be legal immigrant.


11 posted on 06/26/2012 12:36:21 PM PDT by biggredd1
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To: mojito

Fine. I don’t care what you call them, just deport all the “economic refugees” who are in the country illegally.


12 posted on 06/26/2012 12:38:39 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.)
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To: mojito

how about illegal wetdream backs.


13 posted on 06/26/2012 12:39:43 PM PDT by biggredd1
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To: mojito

***He prefers economic refugee.***

Sorry, Charlie...nobody gives a rat’s @$$ what you prefer.


14 posted on 06/26/2012 12:41:03 PM PDT by MichaelCorleone (The GOPe has played us like a violin for the last time; high time to build the Constitution Party.)
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To: mojito
He prefers economic refugee.

Pfffft! A couple years ago, they were trying to change the term to "undocumented citizens." Don't change the language you use, people. One of the first things you learn in debate or law is if you can get the opposition to accept and use your terminology, you control the debate and have a much stronger position. Don't fall for it.

15 posted on 06/26/2012 12:41:03 PM PDT by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: TexasCajun
I honestly don't think the word "wetback" is a slur at all. Instead, it's a descriptive term rooted in an historical fact.

Furthermore, during President Eisenhower's administration, the very effective "Operation Wetback" campaign was in full force. I was in my early teens at the time and I don't recall any objections whatsoever to the name. In fact, all real Americans applauded the program and its positive outcome. Frankly, we need to have "Operation Wetback 2.0" now. With our improved technology, it can be even more productive today.

16 posted on 06/26/2012 12:42:54 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: mojito

illegal immigrant n. an alien (non-citizen) who has entered the United States without government permission or stayed beyond the termination date of a visa.


17 posted on 06/26/2012 12:47:00 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: mojito

“He prefers economic refugee. “

Should that be leaf blowing’ economic refugee?


18 posted on 06/26/2012 12:50:31 PM PDT by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: mojito
Truth is always “racist” to leftists. Any criticism of Obama or any other leftist (even white ones) is “racist”. The dirtbags don't realize that they wore out the race card years ago, and every time they play it they automatically reduce themselves to the level of racist buffoon Al Sharpton.
19 posted on 06/26/2012 12:50:47 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: mojito

"Criminal Invaders..."


20 posted on 06/26/2012 12:51:28 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: mojito

When he tries a stunt like that, offer to rephrase the label “illegal alien”, to “Mexican citizens living unlawfully in the United States”.


21 posted on 06/26/2012 12:56:54 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: mojito
To the U.S. Forest Service in CA, they are a 'Displaced Foreign Traveler.'
22 posted on 06/26/2012 12:57:22 PM PDT by QT3.14 (A Nation of Sheep Breeds a Government of Wolves!)
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To: muawiyah

23 posted on 06/26/2012 12:58:58 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Jeff Chandler

But the Democrats get them documented.


24 posted on 06/26/2012 1:02:12 PM PDT by pallis
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To: mojito

About 30 states have some form of an ID law, with varying methods of implementation.

0bamao is reading thousands of lawyers for this next election.

Wonder how many ‘Fake but Accurate IDs’ he’ll have given to his illegals.

If you’re here illegally, then by law you are a criminal, I thought.
Can criminals vote even with ID?


25 posted on 06/26/2012 1:02:46 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (54,000,000 0bama's people on welfare and food stamps?)
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To: QT3.14

I have a family member in the union trades -

they were told they could only refer to them as “our southern brothers”.


26 posted on 06/26/2012 1:06:54 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: mojito
Charles Garcia...does not like the term illegal immigrant. He prefers economic refugee.

Yeah, and I prefer being called "big-boned" as opposed to "fat." Facts, however, are stubborn things.

27 posted on 06/26/2012 1:07:06 PM PDT by LaybackLenny (Principles aren't worth a bucket of warm spit. I'm voting Romney. God help me.)
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To: mojito

Utterly, utterly absurd. Illegal “immigrants” can be of any race at all. Race card players are the biggest racists and the only racists in such a game.


28 posted on 06/26/2012 1:17:24 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: sickoflibs
See tagline....

Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!

29 posted on 06/26/2012 1:21:37 PM PDT by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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To: mojito

“Economic refugee....”

Oh yeah? My family, for 8 or 10 generations in this country, have been ‘ECONOMIC REFUGEES!’ Half of them met the others as arrivals in the 16 & 1700’s. From Ispswitch, Mass. they REFUGEED all over this country....SEVERAL TIMES. Often on foot. The bunch that met the newcomers have kinda been ‘REFUGEED’ all over the place too. Some of ‘em on the Trail of Tears. They REFUGEED from one coast to the other trying to find a place to fit.

Charles Garcia can take his ‘economic refugee’ suggestion and stuff it in his racist ear.


30 posted on 06/26/2012 1:29:53 PM PDT by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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To: mojito
Obama the Kenyan is our first ‘undocumented ‘ POTUS.
31 posted on 06/26/2012 1:32:45 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is a liberal. Just watch him closely try to screw us.)
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To: AuntB; All

And another thing....

A good percentage of this nation’s citizens are ‘Economic refugees’. Seems like everyone is leaving home for another city or state to find work. We don’t have the resources for ILLEGAL ALIENS and their racebaiting promoters.


32 posted on 06/26/2012 1:35:58 PM PDT by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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To: mojito
I personally favor calling them two legged locusts.
33 posted on 06/26/2012 1:36:21 PM PDT by VR-21
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To: mojito

The leftist aka progressives got anchor baby tagge a racist slur.


34 posted on 06/26/2012 1:42:09 PM PDT by DMG2FUN
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To: mojito

The leftist aka progressives got anchor baby tagged a racist slur.


35 posted on 06/26/2012 1:42:28 PM PDT by DMG2FUN
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To: mojito

Its is to those that feel only one race are illegals- such as the liberals.

They say only Hispanics violate our immigration laws.


36 posted on 06/26/2012 1:45:24 PM PDT by NoLibZone (I trust Sarah Palin, Dick Cheney, Cain, Perry, Bachman : I trust their judgment on their 2012 pick.)
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To: mojito

I prefer criminal invader.


37 posted on 06/26/2012 2:20:14 PM PDT by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: mojito

Call things by their proper name. They are not immigrants, they are illegals. They have no legal right to be here, and may not even intend to immigrate.


38 posted on 06/26/2012 2:50:07 PM PDT by popdonnelly (Socialism isn't going to work this time, either.)
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To: MrB

“I have a family member in the union trades - they were told they could only refer to them as “our southern brothers”.”

That is why unions are called “international brotherhood of...”; they have no patriotism (in terms of the union itself), but function more as an international guild.


39 posted on 06/26/2012 3:01:56 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: mojito
Is ‘Illegal Immigrant’ a Racial Slur?

No, but it is an oxymoron.

You can't be a "illegal" immigrant any more then you can be an "illegal" citizen. Both "citizen" and "immigrant" signify someone with a certain legal standing.

There are a number of words like this which are impossible to modify because they either are or aren't.

You can be an Illegal Alien because Alien is a legally neutral term.

40 posted on 06/26/2012 3:29:31 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Demons run when a good man goes to war)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear
There are a number of words like this which are impossible to modify because they either are or aren't.

Almost Perfect.

Halfway There.

African American.

Getting Prepared.

Almost Dead.

41 posted on 06/27/2012 11:47:05 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: TribalPrincess2U
Can criminals vote even with ID?

All you need is a computer and the internet. Heck, they have that IN PRISON.

42 posted on 06/27/2012 11:48:48 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: mojito

BTTT!


43 posted on 06/27/2012 2:00:43 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: mojito
Control the language - Control the culture.
44 posted on 06/27/2012 8:30:33 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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