- Politics and Social Issues»
- Social Issues
For the Love of God, Please Stop Calling Them “Illegal Immigrants”
I wonder why other groups of people who break laws are not labeled with the perquisite of the word "illegal." How often do you see something like “illegal speeders," "illegal farmers," "illegal drinkers," and "illegal smokers," etc.? How come the word is married to the immigration issue and nothing else? Have you ever heard of people having an immigration debate without someone throwing around the word "illegal"? How did the "i" word become part of the public description, and why are people so mad about this issue?
Most everyone living in the United States has a history of emigration/immigration in their families. My father’s family had the typical immigrant experience of the earlier 1900s. They lived near a small town in the cradle of Mount Vesuvius in Italy. They escaped their town as the volcano erupted and they were all burned by the hot ashes in the air. Like most Italians of that time they came through Ellis Island and tried to scrape out a life in New York. The officials looked them over for a day to check them for infectious disease, checked their name to see if it was too complicated and needed to be changed, and then they were set loose. That was the entire "legal" immigration process. When your family came over "legally" they probably had the same quick and easy process.
These days the legal immigration issue is ridiculous and a nightmare. I hear people say all the time, I have no problem with immigrants who came over "legally." Or they say, “My family came over legally and so should they.” Most folks have no clue how difficult and expensive the process is now. Depending on what country you are coming from, it can now take 10-20 years of waiting and $10,000-$30,000 dollars each. The barrier to entry is much more difficult and you have to grease the right palms if you want to wait less than a decade. No wonder so many people just come into this country without permission. If I were in their shoes I would be doing the same thing.
Media Personalities' Opinions
Radio host Brian Hagen stated: “It feels like Stockholm Syndrome to me. My family had to jump through all these ridiculous arbitrary hoops so everyone else should too. I don’t hear anyone saying, 'Hey, let's just get rid of these invasive laws.'”
He went on to say, “I love how hung-up everyone is on this word 'illegal.' It justifies being openly racist to Mexicans and Arabs. If you want to find out if someone is really a racist you just ask them this. If a law were passed tomorrow making all the immigrants legal, would you still have a beef with them? If they say yes, then they have a problem with brown people, not their legal status. A lot folks are just latching onto the whole legal argument so they can hide their bigotry.”
Mary Pomeoy posted, "Ask yourself why just the Canadians get that kind of 'special' treatment. It will boil down to the same, that is to say, white. They aren't brown and they speak English, so they're good to go, or stay, as the case would be."
Host of the radio show Freedom Feens said, “The recent right-wing freak out over that Super Bowl commercial reminds me of why I've never liked everything surrounding football, even though I have no issue with the sport itself.
When I was a kid, the kids who beat me up for being weird played football. As an adult, every day in the past few months, I've had radio station programmers tell me 'I'd like to put The Freedom Feens on my station. But I can't talk now, we're busy with Football. Call me after the Super Bowl, then we can talk.'"
The problem with "unchecked immigration" is government giveaways. Take away welfare (for the individual, the corporation, the farmer, and the rancher) and I don't care who comes into America.
Actually, the problem with "unchecked immigration" is government. If I were the anarchy president of America, I'd gladly trade ten million Democrat and Republican American voters for ten million liberty-minded gay Muslim Mexican workers from any nation.
When I asked Hagen about the welfare money for immigrants, he said, “The other major issue anti-immigration supporters have is that they are stuck paying for healthcare and welfare to immigrant families. Employers still have to collect taxes out of their paychecks. Many of the day laborers I’ve seen still have to pay into social security taxes, which they will never get to use. I think this is actually a problem with welfare that got muddied with immigration. Most folks have a real problem with having their money taken from them via tax dollar to be redistributed to others: the idea that government knows how better to spend your money than you do. Many people call taxes outright theft; forced charity is not charity. I personally disagree with all forms of welfare including to immigrants. If welfare stopped to everyone, all that would come here is hard-working families who want to make a better life for their families. I want those kind of new neighbors all day long.”
Other folks focus on the dehumanizing aspect of it. Almost all tyrannical governments create a bad guy so they can convince their residents to give up their civil liberties. This country is no different; they need to manufacture a boogie man so they can draw focus away from what they are really doing. There is a long line of acceptable groups to pass laws and discriminate against. First it was American Indians, then the African, Scottish, Germans, Jews, Irish, Italians, Asians, and currently it’s "patriotic" to dislike Arabs and Mexicans. Once the government creates a new enemy, it can get floods of money to control their “illegal immigrants.” That’s why the word illegal is married to immigrant. The government created this propaganda campaign to grab money and power. It is a long, predictable, tested method that the public keeps falling for.
Attorney Joseph Malouf said, “The worst casualty of the use of the term 'illegal' when talking about immigrants is the American Dream which once stood a symbol of hope. When describing a human being as an 'illegal' let us not forget that we are calling the individual something in our language used to describe an undesired or violent act. I do not think that these children (new Americans) will soon forget what harmful words we created to describe them. It brings America down not up as the rest of the world watches the Land of the Free oppress a few.”