Hillary Clinton could advocate a variety of positions on immigration that, while they might be wrong and dangerous, would not necessarily be lawless. But she has wholly committed herself to pretending that current laws don’t exist and we must never mention that people have broken those laws.
Yahoo Politics reports, “Clinton promises never to say ‘illegal immigrants’ again.”
Hillary Clinton addressed criticism of her use of the phrase “illegal immigrants” in a Facebook chat hosted by the Spanish-language television network Telemundo on Tuesday.
The Democratic presidential frontrunner said it was a “poor choice of words” and vowed not to use the same language in the future.
Clinton used the term at a campaign event in New Hampshire earlier this month when she was asked her thoughts on securing the border with Mexico to prevent undocumented immigrants from coming over. She responded by referring to her support for a border fence as a member of the U.S. Senate from January 2001 until early 2009.
“Look, I voted numerous times when I was a senator to spend money to build a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in. And I do think you have to control your borders,” Clinton said.
Why was it a poor choice of words? There are laws about how you enter the country. There are a large number of immigrants who have broken those laws. Why would anyone oppose calling such people illegal immigrants.
It is entirety subversive to rational conversation. Rather than openly debate what our laws should be, or whether illegal immigrants should be granted some legal status for some reason, we are forbidden to even discuss the issue for what it is.
And why? Because people claim to be “offended.” They are basically demanding that the entire country be made into their “safe space.”
People are being conditioned to accept censorship of viewpoints under the guise of not offending different groups. So, in any national debate, it is now possible to make the expression of one side’s view an offense. The argument is over before it begins.
“On behalf of the organization I founded, Define American, and the 11.7 million undocumented immigrants in this country — including myself — I am asking all the presidential candidates to recognize that #wordsmatter by committing to not using the term ‘illegal’ when referencing the undocumented population. Will you make that commitment?” [activist Jose Antonio] Vargas asked.
Clinton agreed to stop saying “illegal immigrants” and pointed to her support for immigration reform.
Get that? “Words matter,” therefore you are not allowed to use words that refer to immigrants who have come into the country illegally.
Hillary’s public vow makes her an accomplice to this bullying.