On a day when White House Senior Advisor Mike Allen complains that The Drudge Report has traction with pundits in the news game, Drudge reports that the Associated Press will no longer use the phrase “illegal immigrant.”
Having jettisoned the phrase “illegal alien” light years ago, the AP has now declared that “illegal immigrant” is no longer to be included in their “Stylebook of Phrases.” They will instead offer less “judgmental” phrases. They haven’t yet come up with an attractive enough description but “living in or entering a country illegally or without legal permission” is being given serious consideration.
The AP’s stance is striking:
“The Stylebook no longer sanctions the term ‘illegal immigrant’ or the use of ‘illegal’ to describe a person. Instead, it tells users that ‘illegal’ should describe only an action, such as living in or immigrating to a country illegally…”
Um. Okay. But doesn’t such “action “result when perpetrators enter and stay in America without authorization? Hasn’t an “illegal action” occurred under those circumstances? The Associated Press is not alone in its effort to reduce the negative tinge associated with … unauthorized entrants … to the United States. The efforts to make … unlawful residents … appear less off-putting have been getting pressure from television networks such as ABC, NBC and Univision. CNN, too.
Newspapers, including the New York Times and college campuses across the country have been avoiding the phrase “illegal immigrant” for quite some time as well. They all agree that the phrase “illegal immigrant” is “dehumanizing” and “schizophrenic.” A huge, logic-driven raspberry for the former complaint; one couldn’t agree more, however, with the latter. The phrase is schizophrenic because, whatever you call them, they aren’t “immigrants.”
The United States is the only nation on the planet that does not strictly enforce her borders. It bears repeating. The only one. This includes our good neighbor, Mexico. Yes, Mexico, who is responsible for the leading, unauthorized, population incursion into America. Mexico, herself, inflicts punishment so heinous on transgressors that such offenders are imprisoned without representation, physically abused, and sometimes never heard from again.
There is an enormous push from the Gang of Eight, in lock-step with the regime, to ease the plight of illegals flooding the United States at this very moment. It has nothing to do with anything other than creating another, dependent voting base. Jay Leno joked about the change in the AP’s idiom. He mused that the label “illegal immigrant” will no longer be used; from now on the AP would declare them “Undocumented Democrats.”
Rush Limbaugh beat him to that observation by three years. It is important to stress that for politicians, legitimizing illegals is only intended to enlarge a dedicated voting base. What of America’s welfare? That is irrelevant.
There is no such thing as an “illegal immigrant.” These are foreign invaders. Their actions break our laws. PC twaddle aside, language is exact. If we are going to toy with descriptions, let’s finally call it what it is, once and for all: A Foreign Invasion.