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We have gone from using the words “illegal aliens” to “illegal immigrants” to “people here illegally” because of PC requirements now taking over our First Amendment. The Associated Press now says they will no longer allow journalists to use the term “illegal immigrants” because calling people “illegal” is demeaning to them.
I guess we’d better not call people felons or lawbreakers or mentally ill either. We can say they acted feloniously or with mental illness.
The term “illegal” can only be used to describe an action. So much for the free press or getting accurate information.
The left-wing organization, pretending to be neutral, is responding to open borders and other illegal immigrant amnesty groups who want the term eliminated because it is too “dehumanizing.”
The impetus for this was the AP rewrite of the mental health part of their stylebook. Executive Editor, Kathleen Carroll says, “The new section on mental health issues argues for using credibly sourced diagnoses instead of labels. Saying someone was ‘diagnosed with schizophrenia’ instead of schizophrenic, for example. And that discussion about labeling people, instead of behavior, led us back to ‘illegal immigrant’ again. We concluded that to be consistent, we needed to change our guidance.”
We will not be using PC terms here at IS. Illegal alien is not dehumanizing, it’s an apt descriptor. Using an adjective and a noun to describe a person is acceptable. Illegal immigrant isn’t very descriptive because it insinuates they are legal immigrants and undocumented worker is even less descriptive.
Last month AP banned the word “sequester.” I wonder when the book burnings will begin.
Janet Napolitano is so far having none of it. At a recent breakfast, Napolitano brushed off reporters calling the words “illegal immigrants” racist. “I don’t really get caught up in the vocabulary wars. They are immigrants who are here illegally. It’s an illegal immigrant,” she said. “They are immigrants who are here without documents. That’s an undocumented immigrant,” she added. [Fox First]
If illegal immigrants are not called “illegal” then they are, by deduction, “legal.” They want to change our way of thinking about illegal aliens. That is the goal of amnesty advocates, but should it be:
Illegal aliens also include people from many other countries – Europe, the mid-East, Africa, and so on.
Anyway, Jay Leno got it right: