Berkeley Bans Use Of ‘Illegal Immigrant’

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The student government at the University of California at Berkeley student government has banned the term “illegal immigrant,” citing its implicit racism and negative cultural  associations.

Considered one of the Nation’s top public universities, a place of free intellectual discourse where boundless freedom exists for ideas to flourish or die on their own merits, Berkeley’s student government nonetheless will not officially countenance use of “the I-word” in academic writing or in communications between faculty, students and staff.

The university is the second California school to ban “illegal immigrant” this year; the University of California at Los Angeles student government passed a similar resolution over the summer.

Berkeley’s student government voted 18-0 to ban the term, with one student senator abstaining because he felt the resolution was toothless and unenforceable, and that supporters of the measure on campus had not afforded its opponents the respect they themselves were demanding.

According to The College Fix, which obtained minutes of the SGA meeting, the resolution “stated the word ‘illegal’ is ‘racially charged,’ ‘dehumanizes’ people, and contributes to ‘punitive and discriminatory actions aimed primarily at immigrants and communities of color.’ The ‘I’ word is legally inaccurate since being out of status is a civil rather than criminal infraction,” the resolution also states.

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  • Motov

    This is another stupid “politically correct” to make it sound like it is ok to have illegal immigrants.
    These are people who don’t pay taxes, but take what they can get catered in their language.
    This is just wrong, it undermines the legal immigrants.
    The illegals don’t want to be part of the USA, (for the most part) They come here because their country
    and the government that runs it, oppress their population.
    So why is it they come here and try to set up the same crap they left?

    • Stephine

      Well consider where this is coming from, ‘liberal central’. Oh need to be careful I may hurt someones feelings and soon ‘liberal central’ will be banned. If I was there I’d stop calling them ‘illegal immigrants’ and call them ‘illegal squatters” or perhaps ‘liberal lap dogs’.

      • Scott

        Criminal Immigrants, Leeches, Bloodsucking Democrats – take your pick. I’m with Ronald and Leon – Just call them what they are. Politically Correct is an oxymoron anyways

    • joe1cr

      ‘Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rapidly promoted by mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a piece of chit by it’s clean end.

  • Brent Black

    If we are going to start changing the definitions of words, how will we know what the hell anybody is talking about? I mean, if words dont mean what they mean anymore, we will have to print new dictionaries and all of us will have to go back to school. Or we could just ask obama, reid, or just the nearest liberal when something doesnt make sense. That way we will always be current on the newest version of any fiction.

  • Ronald L Yarger

    I don’t care whose feelings I hurt. The term illegal immigrant, is just what it sounds like. It is a person that is in this country illegally. There’s people all over this country who breaks their back to keep their legal status. For these people I applaud. Then there is a slacker, who is in this country illegally and just looking for a free ride. That is an illegal immigrant. And their feelings get hurt because I called them an illegal immigrant, well that is just too bad. If a person comes over in this country legally and keeps their legal status, then everybody should do the same thing. I will support no ruling that encourages people to break their legal obligations. And if Berkeley thinks they can shut my mouth for telling the truth, they got another thing coming.

    • Chessmaster

      The heck with Illegal Immigrants. they are instead Invaders of this country, taking up jobs from legal citizens and many sucking up benefits they are not entitled to have.
      I shall continue to exercise my Constitutional Right of the First Amendment and call them whatever I wish to call them.

      • Edward James Almost

        Cant you think up anything worse than “The heck”?

        • Chessmaster

          Oh absolutely, I can think of many more words to print other than heck, but if I used those words they likely would not print my comment.
          So I played it safe with Heck, but it certainly isn’t the word I use in person.

    • Vis Fac

      For a while we called them wetbacks and greasers they are never satisfied then they wanted to be Chicanos they find this offensive too Apparently EVERYONE has a thin skin. I would love to have a nickel for every time I was called a “Fascist Kraut” or had to defend myself in a fight. I came here LEGALLY the “wetbacks greasers and Chicanos just sneaked in. You want me to feel sorry for what amounts to “criminal” activity. Not in this lifetime as far as I’m concerned they are instead of greasy wetback Chicanos I’ll label them Lubricanos and watch the fur fly

      To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the wolf, hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.

      You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

  • James Bowen

    So something that is a civil infraction is not illegal? And I though the students at Cal were supposed to be brilliant.

    • Robert Messmer

      I always thought that it was against a Law to enter the country illegally. So that’s why I refer to them as illegal criminals, but I guess now I should start referring to them as illegal civil infractions?

      • James Bowen

        Entering the country illegally is a crime, but being present in the country illegally, while against the law, is not a crime per se. That being said, conveniently overlooked by these students is that fact that illegals, whether they entered illegally or overstayed a visa, have almost certainly committed SSN fraud or theft if they hold a job–a Federal felony.

      • James Bowen

        Entering the country illegally is a crime, but being present in the country illegally, while against the law, is not a crime per se. That being said, conveniently overlooked by these students is that fact that illegals, whether they entered illegally or overstayed a visa, have almost certainly committed SSN fraud or theft if they hold a job–a Federal felony.

  • Muffin Man Mashinksy

    So, how come they don’y believe, “EMBRYO” & “FETUS” dehumanize the life in the womb?

    • Vis Fac

      Because they are all to a person HYPOCRITES!!

      To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the wolf, hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.

      You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

  • JimH

    How can the term be racist? Someone from any country that is in the U.S. undocumented is here illegally. It doesn’t matter what race or nationality you are.
    Could be a white guy from Poland or an Asian from Laos. Most are Hispanic but that is because of location. Higher education is a wonderful thing.

    • Muffin Man Mashinksy

      What Ralph Kramden said applies ot The LOONY TUNES LIBs, “They’re all nuts, Alice” !!!!!

      • JimH

        Education doesn’t equal wisdom.

    • Vis Fac

      This from the “new” Gullible
      Obnoxious Pejorative Philandering Prevaricating Progressive Party (GOPPPPP) with delusions of grandeur for they know best and will unabashedly tell you so. They are the purveyors of all knowledge and best know how we should live out lives. Since the majority of college students have yet to leave the adolescent stage of their lives they know everything

      A liberal is a power worshiper without power. So much of left wing thought is playing with fire by people who don’t know that fire is hot!!

      The Socialist the Liberal and the Communist are alike in assuming that an opponent cannot be both honest and intelligent.

      To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the wolf, hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.

      You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

      • JimH

        I wonder if the GOPPPPP can tell me what other things I thought I understood and don’t. After all they are in the “education” business. :)

        • Vis Fac

          You’d be lucky if they could tell you what day of the week it was let alone anything else., They need outside stimulus to glean any information to relay to others.

          To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the wolf, hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.

          You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

          Libertas inaestimabilis res est
          Semper-Fi

          • JimH

            The term PHD to a member of the GOPPPPP stands for Piled Higher and Deeper.

          • Vis Fac

            Yes as in BS (BULL$HIT) MS (MORE $HIT) PhD Piled Higher and deeper.

            A liberal is a power worshiper without power. So much of your left wing thought is playing with fire by people who don’t know that fire is hot!!

            If you want a vision of a socialistic future, imagine a
            boot stamping on a human face – forever George Orwell

            To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the wolf, hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.

            You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est
            Semper-Fi

  • Quester55

    Berkeley U. A hotspot for Socialistic Communism. Where The U.S. Constitution is best served up as Emergency Toilet Paper I

    their is a sigh outside the student Lounge: NO LOGICAL THOUGHT ALLOWED INSIDE THESE WALLS!!!

    • Edward James Almost

      Bezerkely has always been tree hugger central out here in California.

  • wyatt81

    Typical absurdity ansd stupidity from a bastion of lower learning. The dummies don’t even realize what a joke they are. Too self satisfied and coddled to see it. Amazing what the last 40 years have done to this country.

  • ted

    OK, then take you pick:

    llegalI aliens
    illegal invaders
    illegal madrecohns

    • Muffin Man Mashinksy

      It’s “maricons”

      • ted

        Thanks, I never learned to spell Spanish on the streets.

  • Alan

    How about we name them after the old video game “Alien Invaders”? These people are beyond idiotic with their accusations. How is the term “illegal immigrant” in any way racially charged? Where is there an inference as to color anywhere in that categorization? Illegal immigrants not only come in all different shapes and sizes but colors as well. No race in particular is being singled out.

  • Alan

    Illegal immigrant is exactly the right description of these people. the terms Thief rapist and murderer have negative connotations, but don’t make the people they describe any less guilty than they are.

  • ChuckS123

    OK. Call them illegal aliens. Or future democratic voters. Or present, illegal democratic voters.

  • native blood

    Undocumented humans! Let’s face it, they are Mexicans! They are not citizens of the USA so they are referred to the national origin they represent. Applies to anyone who comes to our country legally or not so…….because the majority in that region (california) are Mexican…call ’em Mexicans. I will bet some dork willcall that a racist comment but a Mexican is a citizen of Mexico and several races are represented there. Don’t get me started on Hondurans!

    • Quester55

      While it’s True that our Invaders are coming through Mexico, That Fact doesn’t make all of these ILLEGAL S.O.B.’S Mexican!, Many are filtering up from South America and other parts of the Worlds Garbage heaps!
      Many of the Gun toting, Drug Mules are coming over from Their MUSLIM Countries & Slithering in in by way of Mexico.
      Yet I Fully Agree, We Need to Mine & Guard our Borders just like we do in South Korea at the D.M.Z. Zone! Maybe if We Advertized the OBAMACARE PROPAGANDA to these Wet Backs, It might be enough to Scare the Heck out of them & they’ll look elsewhere for a Free Handout!