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Illegal Immigrant: Don't Call Me "Illegal"
Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2013 | Katie Pavlich

Posted on 02/13/2013 12:23:03 PM PST by Kaslin

Back in December, "undocumented Americans" were in the running to become TIME Magazine's "Person of the Year" and just two weeks ago, Democratic Rep. John Conyers referred to illegal immigrants as simply "out of status" Americans. Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, illegal immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas asked Congress not to call him "illegal."

Jose Antonio Vargas, an illegal immigrant and former reporter, scolded a congressional panel on Wednesday, saying that he should not be called illegal, and saying it is an insult to his family who brought him here.

“When you inaccurately call me illegal, you not only dehumanize me, you’re offending them,” he said. “No human being is illegal.”

Mr. Vargas testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee alongside Chris Crane — a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent and president of the ICE agents’ union — who is unable to arrest him under the administration’s new non-deportation policies.

Mr. Vargas, who “came out” as an illegal immigrant several years ago, delivered an emotional plea for the country to legalize him.

How can Vargas be legalized if he isn't illegal? As a reminder, entering the United States without permission is a crime or in other words is, illegal.

A reminder about US Code-Section 1325- Improper Entry by Alien:

 (a) Improper time or place; avoidance of examination or inspection;
misrepresentation and concealment of facts Any alien who (1) enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers, or (2) eludes examination or inspection by immigration officers, or (3) attempts to enter or obtains entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or the willful concealment of a material fact, shall, for the first commission of any such offense, be fined under title 18 or imprisoned not more than 6 months, or both, and, for a subsequent commission of any such offense, be fined under title 18, or imprisoned not more than 2 years, or both.

(b) Improper time or place; civil penalties Any alien who is apprehended while entering (or attempting to enter) the United States at a time or place other than as designated by immigration officers shall be subject to a civil penalty



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: aliens; illegals; language
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1 posted on 02/13/2013 12:23:07 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Sorry. If the shoe fit.
If you don’t like illegal alien, how about criminal.


2 posted on 02/13/2013 12:26:41 PM PST by BuffaloJack (Your only guarantee of free speech is the gun you own.)
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To: Kaslin
I'll call you whatever I please, ese.
3 posted on 02/13/2013 12:26:57 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Fear the government that fears your gun.)
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To: Kaslin
Shut the f*** up, you utterly illegal, lawbreaking, scofflaw wetback piece of Mexican vomit.


4 posted on 02/13/2013 12:27:13 PM PST by Lazamataz (Republicans have the same policies as the Democrats, except for the part where they win elections.)
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To: Kaslin
We've heard all this before, only another brother "illegal" can use the "I" word.

Legals are racist when they use the "I" word.

5 posted on 02/13/2013 12:29:24 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Kaslin

Too bad we can’t call him “deported.”


6 posted on 02/13/2013 12:30:52 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: Kaslin

OK! You are not an “Illegal Immigrant”, you are a “Foreign Invader”.


7 posted on 02/13/2013 12:31:53 PM PST by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: TexasCajun

Wouldn’t that be status-ist?


8 posted on 02/13/2013 12:32:12 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'll stop being a cynic when the world stops giving me reasons to be cynical.)
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To: Kaslin

Fine, you’re an F’n criminal who along with your anchors takes money out of my pockets which could go to support my family. If I had my way you would be put into bread and water hard labor building a secure wall all along the border; and afterwards chucked over the wall and into your home $h!thole.


9 posted on 02/13/2013 12:32:44 PM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I’ll call you whatever I please, Sancho.


10 posted on 02/13/2013 12:32:51 PM PST by wxgesr (I want to be the first person to surf on another planet.)
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To: Kaslin

i believe the mexican govt calls illegals, illegals. among the nicer things they call them.


11 posted on 02/13/2013 12:35:05 PM PST 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: Kaslin

Simply unbelievable. What is worse, no one said STFU to him.


12 posted on 02/13/2013 12:35:46 PM PST by Mouton (108th MI Group.....68-71)
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To: Kaslin

Surprised he didn’t demand they speak in spanish.


13 posted on 02/13/2013 12:36:29 PM PST by stanne
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To: Kaslin

We call them ILLEGAL ALIENS because they are ILLEGAL ALIENS. If they think they can bully us into silence by using the race card, think again. It’s time we made it clear that the race card doesn’t work anymore.


14 posted on 02/13/2013 12:36:52 PM PST by GreenHornet
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To: Kaslin; Lazamataz
Okay Fine, you Lawbreaking Entitled Looter.

Why the Hell did my Parents have to through the Rigamoral to immigrate and gain citizenship in 1972. When all they could have done was change my Mothers name from "Linda" to "Rosa", cross the Rio Grande and got all this Sh!t for free!?!?

...You and the Horse your Rode in On!


15 posted on 02/13/2013 12:38:45 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: Kaslin

Call him “deported” instead.


16 posted on 02/13/2013 12:38:55 PM PST by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: Kaslin

Okay Mr. Tibbs. Now go back to Juarez or wherever you came from. But before you go, pay for your schooling, health care, court costs, and your taxes.


17 posted on 02/13/2013 12:39:08 PM PST by mbarker12474 (If thine enemy offend thee, give his childe a drum.)
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To: Lazamataz

LOLOL!! I would LOVE to see someone do that to 0bama,Pelosi,Reid and the whole damned bunch of them!


18 posted on 02/13/2013 12:41:21 PM PST by gimme1ibertee (When injustice becomes law, rebellion becomes duty.)
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To: BuffaloJack

Or felonious immigrant.


19 posted on 02/13/2013 12:41:24 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Kaslin

Tagline below.


20 posted on 02/13/2013 12:41:28 PM PST by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: reg45

“Criminal alien” would also work.


21 posted on 02/13/2013 12:44:24 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'll stop being a cynic when the world stops giving me reasons to be cynical.)
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To: Lazamataz

LOLOL!! looks like me last night during the SOTU liefest!


22 posted on 02/13/2013 12:44:36 PM PST by gimme1ibertee (When injustice becomes law, rebellion becomes duty.)
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To: Kaslin

Okay Mr. Tibbs. Now go back to Juarez or wherever you came from. But before you go, pay for your schooling, health care, court costs, and your taxes.


23 posted on 02/13/2013 12:45:37 PM PST by mbarker12474 (If thine enemy offend thee, give his childe a drum.)
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To: BuffaloJack

Criminal Mexican fits in most cases, so that’s what I call the lot of them.


24 posted on 02/13/2013 12:47:48 PM PST by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: Kaslin

So being called “illegal” is “dehumanizing” for him and hurts his feelings? Fine. How about “criminal”?


25 posted on 02/13/2013 12:48:17 PM PST by richmwill
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To: BuffaloJack
If the shoe fit.

FR specializes in highlighting people - like this clown - who try on shoes, then loudly announce that they fit.

26 posted on 02/13/2013 12:48:30 PM PST by wbill
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To: Kaslin

I wish we could just skip all these infuriating preliminaries and get to the part where the completely pissed off majority in this country has had enough, rises up, and takes our country back!


27 posted on 02/13/2013 12:49:16 PM PST by pgkdan ( "Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not." Thomas Jefferso)
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To: Kaslin

Since the word “immigrant” is properly defined as a “permanent resident” and entitled to a “green card,”
it follows that these people must be “illegal aliens.” There is no other terminology that fits.


28 posted on 02/13/2013 12:50:43 PM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Kaslin

Since the word “immigrant” is properly defined as a “permanent resident” and entitled to a “green card,”
it follows that these people must be “illegal aliens.” There is no other terminology that fits.


29 posted on 02/13/2013 12:50:52 PM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Graybeard58

I also like the term “undocumented Democrats.”


30 posted on 02/13/2013 12:58:28 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'll stop being a cynic when the world stops giving me reasons to be cynical.)
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To: Lazamataz

Laz, thanks for the Penn-Teller .gif. It may find its way into some of my personal correspondence.


31 posted on 02/13/2013 12:59:47 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Kaslin

I’ll call you what I want.

You are in the United States if Amerika® illegally and unlawfully commiting various krimes just breathing our air.


32 posted on 02/13/2013 1:01:23 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Paladin2

Or felonious immigrant...

Sounds like the name of a jazz musician.


33 posted on 02/13/2013 1:02:45 PM PST by Hang'emAll (If guns kill people do pencils misspell words?)
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To: Kaslin

OK, Law Breaker Jose Vargas, no problemo amigo!


34 posted on 02/13/2013 1:05:26 PM PST by Chgogal (Obama murdered the SEALs.They "were hung out to dry, basically exposed like a set of dog balls,...")
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To: Kaslin

I’d like to call the illegal degenerate “arrested” and then “deported”.


35 posted on 02/13/2013 1:06:28 PM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Kaslin

“OK, Mr. Vargas. What is it, in Spanish, that the Mexicans call the Guatemalans who cross Mexico’s Southern border for the purpose of finding work in Mexico without a visa?

It’s OK, I’ll translate it for you - Illegal Alien.”

“In fact, the Canadians call US citizens that cross the border without a work visa for the purpose of finding employment the very same thing - Illegal Alien.”

“If you polled 156 other different countries the world over, and asked them the same question, they’d likely give you the same basic response: Illegal Alien.

Why, Mr. Vargas, is it that you’d take offense at the quite correct term for your status in the US, but if you went south into Guatemala from Mexico, they’d put the same status on you, or worse?”


36 posted on 02/13/2013 1:06:58 PM PST by RinaseaofDs
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To: Kaslin

OK Jose. In the spirit of multiculturalism I will call you “un immigrante illegal” o “mojado”, cualquiere es tu preferencia.


37 posted on 02/13/2013 1:07:16 PM PST by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: Kaslin

Ahh, Yeah, I could see how far I’d get giving Sheet to the leaders in Meh-heko.. Oh by the way, anyone know the cost of the “out of status” folks.. I really don’t for sure but heard numbers upwards of $500 Billion YRLY.. But hey, gotta cut SS, or means test, or whatever!


38 posted on 02/13/2013 1:09:13 PM PST by WorksinKOP
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To: Lazamataz

Don’t hold back, Laz. Tell us how you really feel.


39 posted on 02/13/2013 1:10:52 PM PST by tuffydoodle (Shut up voices, or I'll poke you with a Q-Tip again.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

So if people don’t register their weapons or get permits for them, they’re not illegal, they’re just undocumented. I’d like to try that one out on one of these hypocrites. At least we wouldn’t be flouting the Constitution, whereas they are.


40 posted on 02/13/2013 1:22:38 PM PST by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: Kaslin

OK, then Criminalien it is....


41 posted on 02/13/2013 1:23:49 PM PST by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: Kaslin

:: “No human being is illegal.” ::

If you can’t win the debate on its merits, change the definition of “debate”.


42 posted on 02/13/2013 1:24:05 PM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (*Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alteration: The acronym explains the science.)
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To: Kaslin
The natural born American citizen kitty says to the illegal alien Jose

"Get your illegal alien butt out of my country"


43 posted on 02/13/2013 1:31:52 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: Kaslin

How about invader? Thief? Criminal of breaking and entering without permission? Do any of those ring a bell?


44 posted on 02/13/2013 1:33:11 PM PST by ro_dreaming (G.K. Chesterton, “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting. It’s been found hard and lef)
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To: Kaslin

How about invader? Thief? Criminal of breaking and entering without permission? Do any of those ring a bell?


45 posted on 02/13/2013 1:33:28 PM PST by ro_dreaming (G.K. Chesterton, “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting. It’s been found hard and lef)
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To: Kaslin

“illegal immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas asked Congress not to call him “illegal.”

Okay......wetback.


46 posted on 02/13/2013 1:39:15 PM PST by Gator113 ( REGISTER THE DAMN LIBERALS and leave my guns alone!!)
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To: Kaslin

How about we change from “illegal alien” to “unprosecuted criminal foreigners in America”?


47 posted on 02/13/2013 1:52:14 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Kaslin

“When you inaccurately call me illegal, you not only dehumanize me, you’re offending them,” he said. “No human being is illegal.”

If no human is illegal why are our prisons full?


48 posted on 02/13/2013 1:58:57 PM PST by Brooklyn Attitude (Obama being re-elected is the political equivalent of OJ being found not guilty.)
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To: Kaslin

OK then,Pedro.How about “scumbag wetback”?


49 posted on 02/13/2013 2:09:43 PM PST by Gay State Conservative ("Progressives" toss the word "racist" around like chimps toss their feces)
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To: Kaslin

“When you inaccurately call me illegal, you not only dehumanize me, you’re offending them,” he said. “No human being is illegal.”

This is called “changing the subject”. The wetback can argue semantics over whether a human can be illegal but the fact remains that HE IS AN ALIEN WHO IS IN THE COUNTRY ILLEGALLY. Hence the term ILLEGAL ALIEN.


50 posted on 02/13/2013 2:15:12 PM PST by Brooklyn Attitude (Obama being re-elected is the political equivalent of OJ being found not guilty.)
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