Monday, April 30, 2012
"Illegal Immigrants" Now A Hate Crime?
In a push to make everyone politically correct according to their own standards, MoveOn.org has produced and aired a video that says using the word “illegal immigrants” to describe people in the country who entered in violation of our immigration laws fits the definition of a hate crime. In their own words: “Calling a person "illegal" denies their human dignity. The slur opens the door to racial profiling and violence, and prevents truthful, respectful debate on immigration.” Apparently MoveOn.org isn’t familiar with the definition of the word “illegal”. Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines “illegal” as: “not according to or authorized by law; unlawful.” So exactly what part of that definition does not apply to people who sneak into the country in violation of our laws? MoveOn.org insists we should call these people “undocumented immigrants”, “unauthorized immigrants” or “NAFTA refugees.” Really? NAFTA refugees? I’m thinking those who own and operate MoveOn.org have lost their collective minds. We are a nation of laws – at least we used to be. Organizations such as MoveOn.org want to not only ignore laws with which they disagree but also want to limit our rights to free speech. Illegal immigration is just that – illegal immigration. It should actually be called “illegal entry” because people who sneak into the country without doing it legally are not immigrants but illegal aliens. “Immigrant” is defined by Webster as: “a person who comes to a country to take up permanent residence.” Wikipedia defines “permanent residence” as: “the person is authorized to live and work in the United States of America on a permanent basis.” When you look up “undocumented immigrants” and “unauthorized immigrants” Wikipedia goes to “illegal immigrants” and that definition. Maybe MoveOn.org should read that… By their own words, MoveOn.org admits that these “undocumented”, “unauthorized” immigrants are in the country illegally. Their insistence that these people be called anything other than “illegal” is absurd. But then – many of us expect nothing less than absurdity from MoveOn.org. In the comments section after one article I read there was a suggestion that since MoveOn.org is advocating and supporting illegal entry into the country, which threatens our national security, maybe they should be investigated as a terrorist group. Of course, that would mean our Attorney General would have to get involved in the investigation and he’s busy trying to prevent Arizona from enforcing immigration laws. I’m sure he’ll be deeply involved in any investigation of people who call illegal aliens what they are – illegal. After all – what’s more dangerous – people entering the country illegally or those who complain about it?