A brief afternoon video for your perusal. On her afternoon show, Andrea Mitchell Reports, the MSNBC host was quickly weighing in on the announcement from Jeff Sessions about the DACA program. Much of it was the typical liberal response about how awful it all is, how awful the President is, how awful everything is these days, etc. etc. etc. but one brief bit of commentary caught the attention of the folks at Real Clear Politics.
The Attorney General correctly used the phrase illegal aliens when describing, well… aliens who are in the country illegally. This seemed to set Mitchell off, prompting her to declare that such speech was not only unacceptable in polite company but incorrect.
Andrea Mitchell reacts to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement that the Trump administration will rescind DACA.
“To say nothing of his use of the word illegal aliens, which is offensive to a lot of people, and not correct,” Mitchell said Tuesday on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports.
First of all, if the producers are looking at any sort of reformatting in the near future, they might consider changing the name of the show to, “Andrea Mitchell Opines.” Just saying.
So as to it being “offensive to a lot of people,” that’s hard to argue with. I can tell from reading left leaning sites that many people are offended by the term illegal aliens. Most of these people, not coincidentally, are also rather confused.
So the Attorney General of the United States, charged with upholding the laws of the country, used that “offensive phrase.” I wonder where he got it? I suppose it’s possible that he’s been reading some of the federal laws of our nation. Specifically, nearly all of them that deal with citizenship and immigration. Take for example, the rules establishing who qualifies as a citizen from birth.
(g) a person born outside the geographical limits of the United States and its outlying possessions of parents one of whom is an alien, and the other a citizen of the United States who, prior to the birth of such person, was physically present in the United States or its outlying possessions for a period or periods totaling not less than five years, at least two of which were after attaining the age of fourteen years:
Or, if you prefer, there’s this lengthy entry on who is or isn’t guilty of… “Bringing in and harboring certain aliens.”
Any person who—
(i) knowing that a person is an alien, brings to or attempts to bring to the United States in any manner whatsoever such person at a place other than a designated port of entry or place other than as designated by the Commissioner, regardless of whether such alien has received prior official authorization to come to, enter, or reside in the United States and regardless of any future official action which may be taken with respect to such alien;
There’s plenty more. I could keep going until I’d taken up a volume sufficient to fill a large book. For example, a book the size of one of the federal codes. But I’m sure you get the point by now. Legally we recognize legal citizens as “Citizens of the United States” and everyone else is an alien. And if you fall into the latter category and come to our country in violation of our laws (in other words… illegally) then you are…
Can you guess, Ms. Mitchell? Put on your thinking cap and concentrate really hard.