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Group Wants The Word ‘Illegal’ To Be Illegal

April 27, 2012 by  

Group Wants The Word ‘Illegal’ To Be Illegal

A public education campaign wants the word “illegal” to be filed away under the annals of hate speech. With the rally cry “No Human Being Is Illegal,” Drop the I-Word is hoping that citizens and immigrants alike will be more accepting of each other.

The campaign believes: “‘Illegals’ is a racially charged slur used to dehumanize and discriminate against immigrants and people of color regardless of migratory status. The i-word is shorthand for ‘illegal alien,’ ‘illegal immigrant’ and other harmful terms.”

The campaign states: “We call on media outlets and elected officials to uphold reason, due process and responsible speech by dropping the i-word.”

The site contains pictures and stories from people of all nationalities. One representative, identified as Sonia, prefers to be called “undocumented.” Her argument for the abolition of the word “illegal” includes this:

Many times, when I am asked who I am, I respond with “I am undocumented.” I haven’t always identified as undocumented. …No one comes to this country because they want to be exploited, and treated less than human. No one migrates to this country and wants to identify as “illegal”. …I always knew that I was undocumented, but I trusted there was a fair system that would fix that up. …I stand with the undocumented youth across the states because we are beautiful amazing leaders.  …They and I are not “illegals”. I am undocumented, unafraid and unapologetic.

Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.

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  • Vigilant

    Calling an illegal alien an “undocumented worker” is like calling a drug dealer an “unlicensed pharmacist.”

    • FreedomFighter

      Communists always want to obuscate the real intent of the meaning of words to hide the agenda — liberal gets a bad rap from the commies, they change it to Progressive, the opposite of what they are.

      I for one, dont want communists and socialist controlling the language, pollute conversation with political correctness — its time for talking straight and meaning what you say.

      Laus Deo
      Semper fi

    • GILLYSROOMS from Australia


  • Vigilant

    “‘Illegals’ is a racially charged slur used to dehumanize and discriminate against immigrants and people of color regardless of migratory status.”

    “Racially charged slur?” What a crock. It’s got NOTHING to do with race, dummies. It’s an equal opportunity adjective that applies to ALL ILLEGAL ALIENS regardless of race, creed, color, sexual orientation, gender, age, religious preference or IQ. And I’d say the IQ of those who call it racist is in the lower quartile of the Bell Curve.

    As for discrimination, YOU BET! Civil societies that have the reasonable expectation of remaining sovereign discriminate (LEGALLY) by passing laws and incarcerating/exporting those who would attack our nation. No one I know or ever have known has called a person of color “illegal” unless they were in this country illegally.

  • JimH

    Illegal just means against the law.
    Some people think if you give something a nicer name it’s better.
    mother killing her own baby= choice
    communism= redistribution of wealth
    over taxation=paying your fair share
    strip joint= gentlemens club
    stripper=exotic dancer
    civilians killed in a war= collaterol dammage
    blind= sight impared
    wrong=gray area
    dead=past away
    give something a prettier= name denial

    • GILLYSROOMS from Australia

      Our slogan was TAXATION IS THEFT when we tried to introduce Libertarianism into Australia in the mid 1970′s.

  • vicki

    What was that old phrase for this kind of idiocy? Oh yes. Newspeak.

    Just another fun way to violate the 1st Amendment.

  • s c

    Just another unhinged, predictable utopian, folks. Lots of words. Damned little content. Touchy-feely on steroids. If this isn’t PROOF that utopians are self-made victims of their own stunted growth, nothing else can be said to get people to understand.
    You’ll get better results from a CHILD. At least a child will have some common sense. Utopians have nothing but emotions, promises that will never come true, psychotic arrogance and a willingness to let nations suffer so their icons can have continual power. Toss in a hardcore case of utter HATRED of history, and there you have another useless utopian. Sick, twisted filth.

  • Sirian

    A Ms. Novoa, spokesperson for this movement, was guest on the “O’Reilly Factor” last night and could not fully define the basis of the cause that she/they are pushing/promoting actually was. She was asked a very simple question three times and neither could nor did not give a simple yes or no answer. That’s all that was sought – yes or no. So, it only seems logical that this is nothing more than another one of many movements along this line that in reality have a very weak base to stand on other than emotion. As Bill O’Reilly put it “”You’re misguided in the sense that using the description ‘illegal alien’ is somehow wrong. It is a federal crime to enter the United States illegally.”. Very simple, very true, Constitutionally based fact! Which in turn raises the question, could this not be another avenue being plodded to divert attention away from the actual economic pressures and other more important issues at hand which the Obummer campaign is side-stepping as often as possible? Another Soros backed lobby group? Or then again, is this merely a way to promote full amnesty in light of Obummer being re-elected? Remember, as Obummer quietly stated himself, “once I’m re-elected I will have more flexibility”. Of course that statement could be assumed or argued to be only directed to “foreign policies” but is it really just that? Really? So, perhaps this “public education campaign” may be viewed as just another “pop-up” entity of meager significance. Should they be totally discounted? No. In time they could become more of a “burr under the saddle” than what we had thought. Bear in mind now, a horse will only take so many burrs before it goes ballistic!!! If that may sound silly, try it, I don’t think you’d like the results!

  • cawmun cents

    Come on folks……we know the next word they will use to describe them is insurgents.
    They are after all insurgents in the drug war.
    A forty pound pack of pot on the back,and nothing but BP and the Migras in between them and the front.The front being the school where your kids go to face indoctrination everyday.
    Yep these are just your tired,poor,huddled masses bringing dpoe to your children.
    But lets face it,the economic downturn has impacted everyone except those who should be keeping them from crossing the border illegally and distributing dope to school children.
    Ah the feds are probably disguosed as nuns,waiting on the corner,saying.”hey you,,,kid,,,,c’mere.I got what you want,Just reach under the habit and get some.”
    I am sorry if I offend anyone,but my point is that you have people disguised a philanthropic politicians,who dont care anything about anyone,unless it lines their pockets,having the nerve to call legitimate businessmen evil.While at the same time protecting dope mules coming across our nations border to distribute dope to our schoolchildren.
    McFly….can you hear the fubar bell ringing?Can no one else see the sheer madness of it all?
    How diametrically diabolical do these people have to be before somebody calls Bull$h!t?
    How long will the populace be swindled by these hacks in sheeps clothing?
    Am I the only one who can see the insidiousness of this kind of thing being perpetually allowed?Has the collective intelligence of the entire nation left to go fishing?
    The reason the feds dont want Arizona screwing up their little game is because then a can of whup-ass would be opened on whoever was trying to take their slice of pie away.That would be anti-productive and then their agents of indoctrination wouldnt be able to supply YOUR CHILDREN WITH SLEEP DUST!
    They might then actually think for themselves and figure out how they are being flim=flammed by the gubment.
    All in the name of cultural awareness.They lull us to sleep by telling us how we must accept every depravity and deviation from what we know is a continually increasing,degradation in our society,and then they want to let the dope deliverers loose on your kids!These people who would perpetrate such a crime on your nation are scum!
    How can we let then survive for one day longer in the halls of our leadership?!
    Have we all gone completely insane?!
    Someday someone will take a stand.Sometimes there is a call for repentence.Somebody somewhere will get the snowball rolling downhill,and it will continue to grow until we have purged this nation of such filthy degenerates.
    But what do I know?
    Apparently very little…..

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  • Supertad108

    “but I trusted there was a fair system that would fix that up”

    This statement says it all.

    I thought Justice was blind?

    No, not everyone gets a trophy. Especially if you break the rules. When did Justice become a game?

    All these illegals along with their cohorts want to make every thing about Race which in turn provides a platform for… not Justice but FAIRness!

  • stormygoddess

    If you’re in the country ILLEGALLY, then (sound the trumpets) YOU’RE ILLEGAL! It’s not about race in any way, it’s about your status in this country. If I went to anther country illegally, I would, in turn, be an illegal alien. People need to learn to deal with things rather than to sit there and whine about a stupid status.

  • FedUp2012

    I have never heard such a STUPID line of reasoning…you break or ignore the laws of the land then you are doing something ILLEGAL…end of discussion…see Webster

  • s c

    I didn’t see any utopian responses for this topic. HMMMMM!

  • GILLYSROOMS from Australia

    Entering a country illegally is a premeditated criminal act of entering another country without permission. People who a predisposed of breaking the law should not be ‘made legal’ or become ‘documented’ before the person is investigated thoroughly before being permitted to become legal. There is a high chance that illegal immigrants were law breakers well before they decided to break the law by entering the USA without permission and therefore most likely not the type of person deserving to be permitted to remain. Of course there may be other reasons why people enterred …. like the red tape was too long in an emergency situation but it is never by innocent accident or ignorance. Border patrols and road checkpoints are easily seen and understood…..

    The word ‘illegals’ has become a generic word to describe people who have entered without permission, but they may already be documented and known to be in your country, its just that they may not have been caught or processed yet. Why should an English word suddenly change its meaning and have another derogatory vilifying meaning other than that which it has been for some hundreds of years as I defined it previously? .

    Any why should an undocumented “illegals”. claim to be “unafraid and unapologetic” that he committed the crime of tresspass or entering or crossing a border without permission? The statement….They and I are not “illegals”. I am undocumented, unafraid and unapologetic is IMO even worse a statement…as to thumb their noses at your authority to determine who should be permitted to enter your country.

    Obviously not all illegals have committed a serious crime like murder but only you americans will have to decide the level of criminality involved when someone decides he would rather live and or work in USA rather than Mexico or some other country like Russia and maybe you should be pleased that the USA is still in such high demand.

    The question you should consider and decide is why dont you want these people to move to the USA? .Is it such a serious crime to want to become part of the USA community and what are the current criteria and application processes to gain permission to enter your country? Would you rather they moved to Russia or China if they would be given permission? Maybe the Cubans would be permitted?


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