Associated Press declares: We will no longer use the term “illegal immigrant”; Update: NYT rethinking too?

posted at 4:01 pm on April 2, 2013 by Allahpundit

Yes, really. Remember, even a notorious immigration squish like McCain refuses to bow to Orwellian demands to stop using the term “illegal immigrant.” With good reason: Isn’t “illegal immigrant” itself a politically correct alternative to the statutory term “alien”? “Illegal alien” was too harsh and Other-y, so “illegal immigrant” came into vogue. They’re just like other immigrants! Except without following all the immigration rules.

If they want something more precise, how about “UNAUTHORIZED ALIENS” — just like that, with italics and all-caps? E.g., “Today, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) announced a compromise between Senate Democrats and Republicans that would grant legal status to 11 million UNAUTHORIZED ALIENS.”

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

The discussions on this topic have been wide-ranging and include many people from many walks of life. (Earlier, they led us to reject descriptions such as “undocumented,” despite ardent support from some quarters, because it is not precise. A person may have plenty of documents, just not the ones required for legal residence.)…

Also, we had in other areas been ridding the Stylebook of labels. 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…

Is this the best way to describe someone in a country without permission? We believe that it is for now. We also believe more evolution is likely down the road.

Ah, “evolution.” Dave Weigel’s right to see that word as a tell, whether in the gay-marriage context or here. Once you see yourself as “evolving,” you’re all but guaranteeing further change towards a political position you’re resisting right now. Can’t wait to find out which Newspeak neologism will follow this if “undocumented” has already been ruled out. “Strangers from beyond” has a nice mystique to it. Although, if push comes to shove, “future Democratic voters” probably wins on accuracy.

The timing here suggests that this is the AP’s dumb little way of cheerleading for immigration reform in Congress — amnesty shills have been pushing the “no human being is ‘illegal’” slogan for years — but in that case why not excise the term “illegal” altogether? They’re not dropping it, they’re just nudging their reporters to apply it to a person’s behavior rather than to the person himself. The real loser is AP copy writers who now need to replace “illegal immigrant” with “friend you haven’t met yet” or whatever. Sonny Bunch offers a few examples of the same stupid, word-wasting rule in practice:

Thus were a thousand mocking tweets born. Exit question: When does the AP decide that reporters can no longer refer to gays getting married as “gay marriage” rather than just “marriage”? Over/under is, let’s say, July.

Update: You know the political correctness here is far gone when even the Democratic head of DHS insists that “illegal immigrant” is perfectly fine.

Update: Now that the bar of “correctness” has been raised, can the Times clear it? Maybe!

The Times, for the past couple of months, has also been considering changes to its stylebook entry on this term and will probably announce them to staff members this week. (A stylebook is the definitive guide to usage, relied upon by writers and editors, for the purpose of consistency.)

From what I can gather, The Times’s changes will not be nearly as sweeping as The A.P.’s…

It’s good to see these moves taking place. Language evolves and it’s time for these changes. Early in my tenure as public editor, I considered this question and came down in favor of the continued use of “illegal immigrant,” because it was a clear and easily understandable term. My position on this has changed over the past several months. So many people find it offensive to refer to a person with an adjective like “illegal” that I now favor the use of “undocumented” or “unauthorized” as alternatives.

There’s journalism for you. She favored a term that’s acceptable to politicians on both sides because it’s “clear and understandable,” but then amnesty shills started to bully her so she opted for the far less precise Orwellian term “undocumented immigrant.” Give her a Pulitzer.


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Associated Press is correct. They are, of course, not “illegal immigrants”. They are criminals, i.e. people who violated American law. And we should start calling them as such.

Archivarix on April 2, 2013 at 4:03 PM

This is probably in response to readers no longer referring to the AP as a “news organization”

Ukiah on April 2, 2013 at 4:03 PM

So, it’s acceptable to the AP to write “immigrated illegally,” but not “illegal immigrant”?

Does this also mean that, by extension, the term “legal immigrant” is banned?

steebo77 on April 2, 2013 at 4:03 PM

They are right. They are not “immigrants”.

They are criminals who broke the US laws. They are illegal aliens.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2013 at 4:04 PM

As if that means that I’m going to quit using the term.

Note to AP:

I don’t give a flying rat’s ass what you do, or intend to do.

We know that you’re a fraud to the truth … and that’s the point.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 2, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Only legal immigrants are immigrants.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2013 at 4:04 PM

international leeches?

Oil Can on April 2, 2013 at 4:05 PM

“illegal” should describe only an action, such as living in or immigrating to a country illegally…

Morons, they all fit this description.

They are not “immigrants”. They are US law breakers.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2013 at 4:06 PM

NO one will tell me if I can or can not use the term ‘illegal alien’ and I don’t give a flying flit if it is pc or not! That is WHAT they are, ILLEGAL(breaking the law) ALIEN(not native here being illegal)! HOWS that?
L

letget on April 2, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Associated Press declares: We will no longer use the term “illegal immigrant”

I don’t suppose that they’re going to start using the term, “illegal invader alien third world trash” instead does it?

cajunpatriot on April 2, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Can’t wait to find out which Newspeak neologism will follow this if “undocumented” has already been ruled out. “Strangers from beyond” has a nice mystique to it.

How about “expert”?

“An expert is an ordinary fellow from another town across the border.”

- Mark Twain Associated Press, 2014

Resist We Much on April 2, 2013 at 4:06 PM

May all who call them “immigrants”, “illegal” or otherwise have their brains splatter from stupidity.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Should we call them borders anymore then? After all, we didn’t finish that damn fence as McCain calls it. We don’t have nearly enough armed agents protecting it. And we’re not even deporting people that we’ve detained. Let’s just do away with not only the term “borders”, but the entire concept altogether.

Doughboy on April 2, 2013 at 4:06 PM

So what are they using instead.

Zaggs on April 2, 2013 at 4:06 PM

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…

So the AP will also be getting rid of the term “illegal gun dealer” then?

blammm on April 2, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Ass ociated Press

portlandon on April 2, 2013 at 4:07 PM

RWM and JPeterman are legal immigrants. None of the tresspassers, stay-overs illegally and law breakers are.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2013 at 4:08 PM

OK, still yet they deserve the term liar media or better yet msm hacks, still better, and longer…

Gobbles News Networks aka GNN

APACHEWHOKNOWS on April 2, 2013 at 4:08 PM

They are criminals, i.e. people who violated American law. And we should start calling them as such.

No, technically, not all of them are criminals. If memory serves, crossing the border illegally the first time is a civil violation, not a criminal one. They can’t be jailed for it. If you’re deported and then cross the border *again*, that’s a criminal violation.

Allahpundit on April 2, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Good for you Associated Press….

..tell ya what. I’ll no longer used the Term “Press”

Just Associated, as in Associated Propaganda….Mkay?

ToddPA on April 2, 2013 at 4:09 PM

People known as Mexican Citizens in another country without a proper invite.

dddave on April 2, 2013 at 4:09 PM

So what are they using instead.

Zaggs on April 2, 2013 at 4:06 PM

“Undocumented workers”, even though millions don’t work but get more bennies than you do.

They hated “illegal aliens”.

Now they hate their own inventsion “illegal immigrants”.

They are right – they are NOT “immigrants”.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2013 at 4:09 PM

crimmigrants..?

affenhauer on April 2, 2013 at 4:10 PM

The AP has the same amount of honor as John F. Kerry.

Co-mingled equals.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on April 2, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Ass. Press will, from this point forward, be known as “Subversive Organization”…Hot Air style book.

d1carter on April 2, 2013 at 4:11 PM

No, technically, not all of them are criminals. If memory serves, crossing the border illegally the first time is a civil violation, not a criminal one. They can’t be jailed for it. If you’re deported and then cross the border *again*, that’s a criminal violation.

Allahpundit on April 2, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Technically, er legally, you are correct.

That makes the first timers “civil violations tresspassers” then and in no way “immigrants”.

I love that the AP is so stupid.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2013 at 4:11 PM

I hate that the AP (Assoc. Press) has the same abbrev. as AllahP.

Meant Assoc. Press, to be sure.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Associated Press declares: We will no longer use the term “illegal immigrant”

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Cool and I will no longer refer to people who work for AP as reporters, but as heralds
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Herald – a royal or official messenger, especially one representing a monarch in an ambassadorial capacity during wartime.

LincolntheHun on April 2, 2013 at 4:14 PM

I prefer the very accurate description I recently heard an HA commenter use: Little Brown Trespasser.

FlatlanderByTheLake on April 2, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Murderer and rapist are too judgemental as well. How about “other than lawful dispatcher of life” and “less than fully consensual engager in sexual activity.”

rbj on April 2, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Whatever. I stopped using the word “objective” to describe anything associated with you long ago.

hawkdriver on April 2, 2013 at 4:14 PM

The focus on Hispanics is wrong. It should be noted that the biggest usurpers of the system are the American job-stealers from India. Add the ones from the rest of Asia, Russia, the ME, the former Soviet bloc, and the qualified US worker can go on welfare, unempl. and ‘disability’, which is where Obama loves them.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2013 at 4:14 PM

May Rubio, Obama, the commerce dept. and the unions go to Hades over amnesty. They will destroy the American workers, families and the land too.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Illegal Invader.
2,3, & 4 all apply.
.
in·vade (n-vd)
v. in·vad·ed, in·vad·ing, in·vades
v.tr.
1. To enter by force in order to conquer or pillage.
2. To encroach or intrude on; violate: “The principal of the trusts could not be invaded without trustee approval” (Barbara Goldsmith).

3. To overrun as if by invading; infest: “About 1917 the shipworm invaded the harbor of San Francisco” (Rachel Carson).

4. To enter and permeate, especially harmfully.

MidWestFarmer on April 2, 2013 at 4:15 PM

No, technically, not all of them are criminals. If memory serves, crossing the border illegally the first time is a civil violation, not a criminal one. They can’t be jailed for it. If you’re deported and then cross the border *again*, that’s a criminal violation.

Allahpundit on April 2, 2013 at 4:08 PM

And that has got to be changed, too. Most other countries shoot border jumpers on sight, whereas we are generous enough to extend the courtesy of due process to them. We wouldn’t contemplate similar “One Bite Rule” for murder or rape, right?

Archivarix on April 2, 2013 at 4:15 PM

That’s fine. Henceforth I will refer to the Associated Press as The Organization Masquerading as a News Agency While Pushing Their Agenda. Or just the AP branch of the Potomoc Pravda.

ghostwalker1 on April 2, 2013 at 4:16 PM

The AP now has the job of holding together a lie based foundation poured by the commie Democrat Party.

The foundations mix was a mix of lies, fraud, and incest by and between the media and the commie Democrats.

They can not hold.

The fraud comes undone.

Soon panic, soon the Demon of the true History will come.

The Demon of the Truth of History is angry.

Just back in the tree line, with red angry eyes.

Sitting on a huge black horse named truth and justice.

Hooves of steel, dust rising up, more knowing, more anger,

Comes the judgement of the lies of the true history.

Clop, Clop, Clop, CLOP, CLOP, CLOP.

The msm hears they know it is near, they can not run,

They can not avoid the judgement, fear wells up, comes judgement near.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on April 2, 2013 at 4:16 PM

How about “crimmigrent”?

BRunner on April 2, 2013 at 4:16 PM

No, technically, not all of them are criminals. If memory serves, crossing the border illegally the first time is a civil violation, not a criminal one. They can’t be jailed for it. If you’re deported and then cross the border *again*, that’s a criminal violation.

Allahpundit on April 2, 2013 at 4:08 PM

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Is that the hill on which you want to make your stand?
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“I’m right, but tone deaf?”

LincolntheHun on April 2, 2013 at 4:17 PM

‘It’s so hard-being an illegal A-li-EN….’.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 2, 2013 at 4:17 PM

If they want something more precise, how about “UNAUTHORIZED ALIENS”

How about something even more accurate – criminal home invaders!~

VorDaj on April 2, 2013 at 4:18 PM

8 USC § 1325 – Improper entry by alien

(a) Improper time or place; avoidance of examination or inspection; misrepresentation and concealment of facts

Any alien who

(1) enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers, or

(2) eludes examination or inspection by immigration officers, or

(3) attempts to enter or obtains entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or the willful concealment of a material fact, shall, for the first commission of any such offense, be fined under title 18 or imprisoned not more than 6 months, or both, and, for a subsequent commission of any such offense, be fined under title 18, or imprisoned not more than 2 years, or both.

(b) Improper time or place; civil penalties

Any alien who is apprehended while entering (or attempting to enter) the United States at a time or place other than as designated by immigration officers shall be subject to a civil penalty of—

(1) at least $50 and not more than $250 for each such entry (or attempted entry); or

(2) twice the amount specified in paragraph (1) in the case of an alien who has been previously subject to a civil penalty under this subsection.

Civil penalties under this subsection are in addition to, and not in lieu of, any criminal or other civil penalties that may be imposed.

Resist We Much on April 2, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Hey Associated Press – here’s your definition:

The press should be not only a collective propagandist and a collective agitator, but also a collective organizer of the masses.

– Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

Ring any bells, Pissants?

OhEssYouCowboys on April 2, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Let me guess, the are not changing it to the more correct term: Invader?

astonerii on April 2, 2013 at 4:19 PM

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT

reddevil on April 2, 2013 at 4:20 PM

In the meanwhile…

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2013 at 4:20 PM

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT
reddevil on April 2, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Nooooooo!!!!!!!!

They are Not “immigrants”.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Although, if push comes to shove, “future Democratic voters” probably wins on accuracy.

What this is all about.

What this has always, and always will be, about.

Purple Fury on April 2, 2013 at 4:23 PM

May Rubio, Obama, the commerce dept. and the unions go to Hades over amnesty. They will destroy the American workers, families and the land too.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2013 at 4:15 PM

We must once again realize that the great reconquesta story is now being rehearsed before our very eyes, in the rise of Marco Rubio… indicating that only a two-faced, I mean a bi-faced, I mean a bi-lingual hombre can receive…the award for reconquesta, unlike Kenyan Hussein Obama whose reconquesta plans don’t drink water.

And the bi-partisan panel, has determined to give the prize to Marco Rubio for his EARNESTY’S RAINBOW. Now EARNESTY’S RAINBOW is a token of this man’s genius…he told me so himself and repeatedly …that he could change perceptions by calling his plan for knocking down those pesky borders EARNESTY …in other words, he could have been more specific, but rather than to allude to an articulation of the mundane, he has come to the conclusion that brevity is the importance of our nation’s shallow first world existence. God damn!

Marco Rubio’s . EARNESTY’S RAINBOW – is a small contribution to a certain degree, since there are over seven billion people in the world today. 450 of them … million live in the United States and Mexico which is a very, very small amount compared to those who will be miserable and dying elsewhere…Well, I say that you will be on the road to new horizons, for we who live in a society where citizenship is a commodity and a politician can become a TV personality, it’s not easy to conform if you have any morality…I, I, I said that myself many years ago…

But I do want to thank la Raza…I mean the RNC … I mean the DNC and it’s subsidiary the RNC, the organization for the $1,000 in affirmative action latino scholarships they’ve given out…tonight they took in over $4,000,000, but they do have expenses for their consultants you know, and I think that I have another appointment. I would like to stay here, but for the sake of brevity I, I must leave. I do want to thank you, I want to thank Mr. Allah Pundit. I want to thank Mr. Morrisey, who just ran through the auditorium and out a fire exit, and I want to thank Marco Rubio – acting el Presidenta of la Raza Mexiamerica and also Mr. Obama – acting Pharaoh and Drone Commander of the World – and also I want to thank Professor Irwin Corey and thank you. …

RasThavas on April 2, 2013 at 4:24 PM

As if that means that I’m going to quit using the term.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 2, 2013 at 4:04 PM

You better quit. They are NOT “immigrants”.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2013 at 4:24 PM

In honor of this revelation, elephants will now be known as ‘fat giraffes”.

kingsjester on April 2, 2013 at 4:24 PM

‘It’s so hard-being an illegal A-li-EN….’.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 2, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Heh!

“I headed out this morning with my cigarettes and bottle of
Tequila”….I still remember that song……came out around
the same time as “Mama”….he had a bunch in a row…

ToddPA on April 2, 2013 at 4:25 PM

At the Associated Press the Truth is not the News, and the News is not the Truth.

jaydee_007 on April 2, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Instead, it tells users that “illegal” should describe only an action, such as living in or immigrating to a country illegally…

Okay, fine. Start extending the descriptions in stories as follows: “Julio Down-by-the-schoolyard, who’s immigrated illegally to the U.S. and who is currently residing illegally in the U.S.,….”

BuckeyeSam on April 2, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Acceptable variations include living in or entering a country illegally or without legal permission.

Hey, I’m not illegally parked. My car is there or has entered that spot illegally or without without legal permission.

RadClown on April 2, 2013 at 4:27 PM

At the Associated Press the Truth is not the News, and the News is not the Truth.

jaydee_007 on April 2, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Goebbels orgasms every time he sees one of their headlines.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2013 at 4:28 PM

NATION JACKERS!

VorDaj on April 2, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Nation Snatchers

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2013 at 4:29 PM

ToddPA on April 2, 2013 at 4:25 PM

The summer before I turned 28, I ‘ran away’ to Denton, TX. I actually took a walk in the ‘Hispanic’ part of town…and started singing that song. Really.
Young and dumb was I .

annoyinglittletwerp on April 2, 2013 at 4:30 PM

“This is your House too”

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Isn’t “illegal immigrant” itself a politically correct alternative to the statutory term “alien”?

It was politically correct before it became politically incorrect. Political correctness is evolving.

Use of the original politically incorrect phrase “illegal alien” is now probably considered hate speech, something much worse than simply politically incorrect.

This nation has gone insane. It now lives in an alternate reality that is increasingly disconnected from the real world as it has been known for thousands of years. Our enemies and those who hate us are laughing as we drive ourselves insane.

farsighted on April 2, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Update: You know the political correctness here is far gone when even the Democratic head of DHS insists that “illegal immigrant” is perfectly fine.

The dynamic here is not that the AP went too far. No, it has more to do with the AP believing it could make this decision without being directed to do so by the Democratic head of DHS.

BobMbx on April 2, 2013 at 4:31 PM

How about calling them The Undeparted or The Undeported.

Christien on April 2, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Illegal entry into the US is a crime, but, for the first offence, only civil penalties are usually levied. The penalty doesn’t make it less than a crime. If you fail to pay your taxes, you have committed a crime, but the penalty, generally, is civil fine, ie, penalties and interest.

An example: HSBC violated the Bank Secrecy Act, which makes it a crime to willfully fail to establish and maintain an effective anti-money laundering programme, by laundering drug cartel money. No one went to prison. However, the bank “settled” the criminal investigation by admitting that it violated the BSA – a crime – and paid a $500 million civilian penalty plus interest.

Resist We Much on April 2, 2013 at 4:32 PM

farsighted on April 2, 2013 at 4:31 PM

See RWM’s quote of the law. “alien” is used in the official language.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Illegitimate immigrants

Unlawful immigrants

Invalid immigrants

Backdoor immigrants

Undocumented immigrants (oh, wait ….. already in use)

Non-naturalized immigrants

Immigrants of “questionable status”

listens2glenn on April 2, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Although, if push comes to shove, “future Democratic voters” probably wins on accuracy.

Future? They’re here now and they vote. Just not… legally.

The Rogue Tomato on April 2, 2013 at 4:34 PM

New term:

Foreign Invaders

wren on April 2, 2013 at 4:34 PM

“The Stylebook no longer sanctions…”

O_o

Seven Percent Solution on April 2, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Illegitimate immigrants

Unlawful immigrants

Invalid immigrants

Backdoor immigrants

Undocumented immigrants (oh, wait ….. already in use)

Non-naturalized immigrants

Immigrants of “questionable status”

listens2glenn on April 2, 2013 at 4:32 PM

All wrong, good one. They are NOT “immigrants”.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2013 at 4:35 PM

New term:

Foreign Invaders

wren on April 2, 2013 at 4:34 PM

You un-PC rube, you. “Foreign” is offensive to the one-world-creatures.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2013 at 4:35 PM

I guess we will just have to start referring to them as “Future Democrats”.

kingsjester on April 2, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Los Line Cutters has a certain je no se que.

Christien on April 2, 2013 at 4:36 PM

No land on Earth puts up with what the US does, both in encouraging such usurpation and in taking lecturing from other land, often from Mexico and India.

Take care of your own. The US has her own challenges and responsibilities, alas.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2013 at 4:38 PM

What this really means is the AP is afraid that some AP employee might call illegal aliens by the correct terms, right in the middle of the propaganda campaign to grant amnesty to 20 million illegal aliens

see 04-02-13 Daily Caller,

“Sen. Graham helps import Jamaicans for work at elite country club”

Those low-wage workers helped the club’s financial returns, and indirectly, also helped South Carolina’s Sen. Lindsey Graham, who has long pushed for an immigration rewrite that would import more low-wage foreign workers.

In February, Graham told a Rotary Club lunch in Easley, S.C., that he helped get H-2B guest-worker visas for the country club’s 2012 season.

In exchange for easing the import of foreign workers Graham received greater support from the business community, including political donations from Kiawah’s manager and owner.

Graham’s support for guest workers also earned him a warm welcome at the Kiawah club, where he’s expected to hold a fundraiser in October.

see website Political Party Time 10-10-13 invite

Annual Kiawah Island Golf Outing for Fund for America’s Future

Contribution Information $2,500
Distribution Paid for by NRSC

The AP, (Anti-America Propaganda news service) just trying for bi partisanship in reporting

entagor on April 2, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Friends of Marco fits nicely.

Christien on April 2, 2013 at 4:38 PM

You un-PC rube, you. “Foreign” is offensive to the one-world-creatures.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Guilty as charged. And proud of it! :-)

wren on April 2, 2013 at 4:38 PM

“This is your House too”

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2013 at 4:30 PM

All that for a movie?

BobMbx on April 2, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Yeah, just call them criminals and be done with it. They broke the law, ergo…

Midas on April 2, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Throw Ms. Lindsey out. Let him wash McCain’s azz/feet in the creche.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2013 at 4:39 PM

“chickens comin’ home to roost”

BobMbx on April 2, 2013 at 4:40 PM

I guess we will just have to start referring to them as “Future Democrats”.

kingsjester on April 2, 2013 at 4:36 PM

They already suck the system dry and loot, not all but many.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2013 at 4:40 PM

In a related note, drone strikes will henceforth be called “remote aerial improvement programs.”

Mr. D on April 2, 2013 at 4:41 PM

listens2glenn on April 2, 2013 at 4:32 PM

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All wrong, good one. They are NOT “immigrants”.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2013 at 4:35 PM

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Oh, for the love of . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Illegal aliens

Illegitimate aliens

Unlawful aliens

Invalid aliens

Backdoor aliens

Undocumented aliens (oh, wait ….. already in use)

Non-naturalized aliens

Aliens of “questionable status”
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Is that better?

listens2glenn on April 2, 2013 at 4:46 PM

So many people find it offensive to refer to a person with an adjective like “illegal” that I now favor the use of “undocumented” or “unauthorized” as alternatives.

Hah, Freud laughs his dead azz off. “unauthorized“, heh….

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2013 at 4:47 PM

I wonder what Mexico calls those who illegally cross their southern border into Mexico? Let’s use that term.

MikeknaJ on April 2, 2013 at 4:48 PM

listens2glenn on April 2, 2013 at 4:46 PM

More betterer :)

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Guatemalan singer-songwriter Ricardo Arjona prefers the word mojado for border-crossing illegal immigrants. Just don’t let Don Young use it.

steebo77 on April 2, 2013 at 4:49 PM

I wonder what Mexico calls those who illegally cross their southern border into Mexico? Let’s use that term.

MikeknaJ on April 2, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Invasores y invasoras, but the better question is what they do with them.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2013 at 4:50 PM

You better quit. They are NOT “immigrants”.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Schad … I haven’t looked up the term, immigrant, in any Federal Statutes. So that might have some implications, regarding the correct usage, under Federal law, of who is or isn’t an immigrant.

But my use of the term is pursuant to most standard dictionaries, to wit:

Definition of IMMIGRANT

: one that immigrates: as

a: a person who comes to a country to take up permanent residence

Related Words

defector, deportee, evacuee, exile, expatriate, refugee, relocatee, repatriate; alien, foreigner, illegal, noncitizen, nonnative; colonist, newcomer, squatter; migrator, pilgrim, pioneer, trekker

My post concentrates on the illegal part, anyway. Which is the part that the Associated Press hates the most.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary – Immigrant

OhEssYouCowboys on April 2, 2013 at 4:50 PM

I wonder what Mexico calls those who illegally cross their southern border into Mexico? Let’s use that term.

MikeknaJ on April 2, 2013 at 4:48 PM

dead or jailed.

tom daschle concerned on April 2, 2013 at 4:50 PM

I wonder what Mexico calls those who illegally cross their southern border into Mexico? Let’s use that term.

MikeknaJ on April 2, 2013 at 4:48 PM

They used to call the Guatemalans, etc., sneaking into Mexico inmigrantes ilegales or inmigrantes irregulares, but started to favor inmigrantes indocumentados so as not undermine the push for amnesty in the United States.

steebo77 on April 2, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Invasores y invasoras, but the better question is what they do with them.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2013 at 4:50 PM

For those not entering from Mexico’s southern border, IIRC, the first offence is 2 years in prison and the second is 7-10 years in prison. Both are served at hard labour and Mexican prisons are no “Club Feds.”

I qualified the above statement with “For those not entering from Mexico’s southern border” because there have been mass graves found in southern Mexico containing the bodies of Guatemalans, Hondurans, etc. Mexico is VERY HARSH on illegals coming into the country, especially from the south.

Resist We Much on April 2, 2013 at 4:58 PM

No Virginia. I have no idea why newspapers are going bankrupt one after another and choosing journalism as a profession in college is a loser, employment prospects wise.

MNHawk on April 2, 2013 at 5:00 PM

I wonder what Mexico calls those who illegally cross their southern border into Mexico? Let’s use that term.

MikeknaJ on April 2, 2013 at 4:48 PM

On that note, any America with testicles would seal the border, and for those illegals who are within, before shipping them back to Mexico, would bill the Mexican government for every red cent of money that went towards their health and welfare, while visiting our fair country. And, upon failure to pay, would seize Mexican assets of the same value.

That would put a drastic halt to things – the Mexican government would make sure of that.

But, I said America with testicles.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 2, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Exit answer: He who controls the language controls the debate.

locomotivebreath1901 on April 2, 2013 at 5:03 PM

We will no longer use the term “illegal immigrant”

How ’bout “undocumented resident democrat voter”. >

Acceptable for use at polling places nationwide, no questions asked, guaranteed.

Its also a much kinder and welcoming term for our “alien invaders”

hawkeye54 on April 2, 2013 at 5:03 PM

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