Skip to comments.‘Illegal’ dehumanizes
Posted on 09/24/2012 5:29:16 PM PDT by mdittmar
Writer Catherine Poe is correct in saying GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney used fighting words when he recently called DREAMers illegal aliens (DREAM Act: Mitt Romney still calls DREAMers illegal aliens at Univisions Latino Forum, Web, Thursday). More importantly, Mr. Romneys words are dangerous and illustrate how out of touch he is with the immigrant community. How can someone claim to advocate for a permanent solution to fix our broken immigration system when he dehumanizes immigrants within the same breath?
Mr. Romney must drop the I-word. Why? The I-word, short for illegal alien, illegal immigrant and like harmful terms, is a racially charged slur used to strip immigrants of their humanity.
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Illegal does not dehumanize it identifies.
They would prefer ‘invaders’ instead?
OK. Law breaking immigrant. Criminal immigrant.
What else can you call someone who snuck into the country illegally.
These bleeding heart Journalists are so full of shiite.
Dehumanize?? Words having to do with law and citizenship apply ONLY TO humans!
Assuming there are 30 million illegals in America, that’s enough to create some 50 congressional districts and they don’t even need to vote to do it. If they do vote, you can pretty much count on those districts being almost exclusively democrat. As it is we don’t know how many districts exist almost wholly due to the presence of illegals.
The costs of administering a single district must run into the millions. How much pork can a district seek? How many earmarks? What will all those new democrat congressmen vote for?
If you think Obamacare is bad, you haven’t seen squat. Wait till the day all those democrats start dictating how many cars a family can have, what job you can have, or where you can live. Wait till they dictate that all paychecks come from government and you get a small cut of what is left over.
Illegals are nothing but government growth hormone and amnesty today is nothing short of treason.
“Undocumented” sounds so much better. The term suggests that there’s just a paperwork problem. No biggie.
How about criminals?
In like fashion a drug dealer can be an “undocumented pharmicist”.
Mr. Honda, I suggest you quickly make an appointment with a proctologist to have your head examined.
If you don’t like the word “illegal immigrant” we could substitute “intruder”.
Identifying them for what they are in no way detracts from them as human beings. They may be perfectly fine human beings but they are uninvited and hence the term “illegal”.
Illegal immigrants can be from anywhere.
They need to go back there.
This is from the Washington TIMES?
Man, they’ve gone totally progressive too?
Ugg.... just ugg.
Then don’t become an illegal. Problem solved.
I got a ticket a while back for an “Illegal Lane Change”,now I’m pissed,I feel dehumanized,I’m thinking about suing!
Lets play along and humanize them.
“Humans from another country in this country illegally, committing illegal acts by their very presence.”
There. All nice and human.
If they don’t like it, they we default to “Illegal Alien”. Same thing, less verbage.
Is entering the country illegally a felony? If not, it should be. Then we could just call them felons. And it would be the truth.
If “illegal” hurts their feelings, perhaps they will leave, and go someplace where they are legal.
First time it is a misdemeanor. Returning after being deported is a felony.
Mike Honduuuuh BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA. If you want the rest of the US to look like California then vote O
This should have a bucket warning
Perhaps illegals could go home and apply to enter our country legally if they find being criminals dehumanizing. Problem solved.
The problem is that this garbage was written by a sitting Congressman (one who represents the district just south of the one where I live), who is supposed to represent the citizens of the United States and has sworn to uphold the Constitution.
Therein lies the problem. We not only have a subversive Media, we also have subversive 'leaders' in Washington D.C. ...
I believe Mr. Honda crawled out of the public teacher's union swamp, and was able to garner sympathy, and win his first election, by pitching the 'woe is me - my U.S. citizen parents were absconded into internment camps' (complain to FDR ya commie - sez I)...
So Mr Honda, What would you call an illegal immigrant, carrying an illegal weapon, smuggling illegal drugs, with an illegal driver’s license?
Yeah, and “rapist” dehumanizes men who rape, just as “thief” dehumanizes those who have steal things. Words mean things, and if you are illegally invading my country to steal our wealth and jobs, then it is stupid to invent a nice euphemism to avoid hurting your feelings.
But, it would be easier to call them what they are: invader, and take appropriate action.
Whatever word we chose to replace it with, even if that word were a completely made-up word that has no meaning whatsoever today, would soon be recognized by everyone and would necessarily also identify the group of people we are talking about. Then I suppose they would want to outlaw that word, too. And so on, ad infinitum.
So what's their game plan?
Simple: to prevent anyone from ever even talking about the problem.
"Illegal" would not be my preferred term. "Invaders in the open, x hundered meters, load WP, fire for effect" would make me much happier.....
If they wanted human dignity, they should have knocked on the front door, rather than sneaking in through the back door. “Illegal” aliens ARE “less than”, and the politicians and Church officials are doing them no favors when they pat them on the head and say that the backdoor is ok. They are reinforcing their neediness and short-term, survival mode thinking, instead of their dignity.
1, Close the back door!
2. Open the front door to the correct size to accommodate a reasonably generous number of future good citizens.
3. Invite people who care about downtrodden people in other countries to consider helping them over there, with long term improvements in their own country, rather than encouraging them to do the desperate and demeaning act of trying to sneak into our back door.
“The I-word, short for illegal alien, illegal immigrant and like harmful terms, is a racially charged slur used to strip immigrants of their humanity.”
Nonsense - accepting, excusing and forgiving ILLEGAL immigration is a moral insult to LEGAL immigrants coming from anywhere in the world, and it “dehumaizes” and trivializes the moral, legal effort they made in legally coming to this country and legally obtaining its benefits for their children.
To put illegal immigrants in the same pride of place as legal immigrants is an insult; it says to the legal immigrant “screw you”, your efforts were a waste of time; all you needed to do was to get into Mexico and walk across the border and then declare, with the rest, your ‘right’ to be here.”
Great minds think alike. ;-)
Better yet....they are CRIMINAL ILLEGAL ALIENS since everyone, by their presence illegally in the US, is breakign the law
I am so tired of these Hispano-Racists calling me “Racist” because I do not want to give Criminal Illegal Aliens “Amnesty”. Illegals need to be rounded up and sent home
Illegal Alien Amnesty is Anti-American Bigotry. There is the real racism
The word "murderer" is hateful as well. Maybe we should call murderers "population control engineers" instead.
Same for a "thief," which should probably be changed to "capital redistributionist" or something similarly inane.
Liberal is progressive. Abortionist is pro-choice. Negro is Black is African-American. Homosexual is gay. Taxes are investments. Global warming is now climate change. The list goes on forever.
All they gotta’ do is go home and away goes the shame.
Illegals dehumanize themselves, and go to great pains and hardship to do so.
Who are we to argue with or oppose their sincere intent?
I sent this to the Times:
Words mean things! “Illegal defines the process by which the person immigrated to this country.
“Illegal” defines the extent to which those individuals contribute to the slave wages of those who have LEGALLY immigrated to America.
There is an established process for LEGALLY IMMIGRATING to this country. Those who evade that process and SNEAK into this country anyway, are here ILLEGALLY!!
Those who are here ILLEGALLY exacerbate this country’s UNEMPLOYMENT PROBLEM.
In fact, they have driven a high volume of LEGAL IMMIGRANTS to flee America and return to their country, due to lack of work here.
Show some compassion.
Drop the “illegal alien” and go back to “wetback”.
If it was good enough for politicians in the President Reagan era it should be good enough for us.
OK, how about “crimials?”
Or good old-fashioned “law breakers?”
Do any of those “dehumanize?”
It is just a letter to the editor, not a Times editorial. Most newspapers print opposing opinions.
Since the letter reveals the idiocy of the Vice Chairman of the DNC, I'm glad the WT printed it.
Then on June 17, 1954, what was called "Operation Wetback" began. Because political resistance was lower in California and Arizona, the roundup of aliens began there. Some 750 agents swept northward through agricultural areas with a goal of 1,000 apprehensions a day.
By the end of July, over 50,000 aliens were caught in the two states. Another 488,000, fearing arrest, had fled the country.
By mid-July, the crackdown extended northward into Utah, Nevada, and Idaho, and eastward to Texas.
By September, 80,000 had been taken into custody in Texas, and an estimated 500,000 to 700,000 illegals had left the Lone Star State voluntarily.
Thanks for the clarification.
I prefer Crimigants. Or Crimaliens.
If they don’t like it, then they shouldn’t become one. It’s really not that difficult to grasp folks.
I dont think Willard has ever callled them ILLEGAL ALIENS
her just goes along with the other enablers and calls them undocumented, immigrants, future Americans etc...
and he has been known to call them “employees”
Crimigants...I like that one!
I don’t care if we call them any of your choices as long as they are kicked out and get in line. Too many people fill out the paperwork and wait their turn to allow this to continue. Some say you can’t hunt them down, but thats not necessary they show up, at the ER, Schools, Malls, Job sites. Our laws should be the exact immigration laws Mexico uses. Voting too. You can’t vote in Mexico without a voter ID. Why is this so difficult to understand. We are a Nation not a mall. The 14th admendment was never intended to allow ILLEGALS the right to slide into the US while in labor and drop a kid. Its intent was to guarantee citizenship for blacks after the civil war. Anchors belong on a boat not a person. I spent 20 years in he military and my youngest was born in Korea. She was not offered Korean citizenship. The only ay to dehumananize someone is to abort them. The motto should be Your Human and you ass is headed beck to you own Country.
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