America’s immigration laws were enacted to achieve two primary goals- protect innocent lives and the jobs of American workers, yet it is highly unlikely that this fundamental fact will be noted by journalists who report on various stories that involve our immigration laws.
The immigration debate is not conducted on a “level playing field.”
Anyone who would dare suggest that our borders should be secured against the entry of aliens who have inherent right to enter the United States and pose a threat to our safety and/or well being are quickly branded “Anti-Immigrant” and accused of being xenophobes or worse.
Recently while watching a rerun of a comedian Lewis Black’s routine on HBO I noted that he referred to 11 million illegal aliens. The program was originally broadcasted during the George W. Bush administration. It dawned on me that for roughly a decade, no matter how many aliens run our borders- including the infamous surges of “unaccompanied minors” and the estimated half million aliens who violate the terms of their lawful admission into the United States each year- the number never of illegal aliens never increases!
John Adams was correct- “Facts are stubborn things!”
I am frequently interviewed by journalists and by students. When I use the term “alien” they become uncomfortable as though I had just used the outrageous “N Word.” They have been influenced into believing something that is utterly false by the constant barrage of deceptive language used by journalists who should be willing to use honest and neutral language but either lack the courage or have an agenda that they are promoting.
When I ask those who express discomfort with my use of the word alien if they know what the legal definition of that term is, most times they admit that they have no idea how the law defines that supposedly problematic term.
Once I quote the definition of that term as it appears in the law- all objections generally stop. Most actually express surprise at the actual definition and some have told me that they were confused as to why the term alien has fallen into such disrepute where anyone who dares utter that word is castigated and accused of bigotry or even worse.
Some have attributed this sort of nonsense to being Politically Correct.
Let me dispel myth. This is not about being “Politically Correct.” I am, in point of fact, mindful of the need to be politically correct (PC). Being PC is to not seek to insult or humiliate another person.
Use of misleading language to achieve a political goal is what propaganda is all about. George Orwell, the author of that brilliant novel, “1984” included in that novel about a totalitarian state, the concept of Newspeak- the point being that if you eliminate certain words you can eliminate certain thoughts.
Here are two of his amazing quotes:
-- and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists -- is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth
is a revolutionary act.