MoveOn’s Quest to Outlaw the Term “Illegal Immigrant”

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Just when you would think that the far Left Obama booster organization could not get any more ridiculous, it sinks to ever lower levels of absurdity.  The latest example involves MoveOn’s push to render the phrase “illegal aliens” or “illegal immigrants” hate speech.

A video posted last week at’s website charges that calling illegal immigrants “illegal” fits the definition of a hate crime and calls for the word “illegal” to be abolished when describing individuals entering the United States illegally.  They would prefer using adjectives such as “undocumented” immigrants or “unauthorized” immigrants.  That is sort of like calling a bank robber an unauthorized withdrawer. How about working to eliminate incentives for the illegal behavior itself rather than focus on banning its correct characterization?

“No human being is illegal,” intones True, but human beings can and do perform illegal acts.

Words “sometimes kill,” preaches.  Not really.  Human beings kill, including illegal immigrants.  Thousands of Americans have been killed by illegal immigrants since 9/11.

“While crime is crime and the victims suffer equally whether the perpetrator is a citizen or illegal alien, what makes illegal alien crime so different is that the crime would have never happened if our government was doing its constitutionally mandated duty and enforcing immigration laws,” the group 9/11 Families for a Secure America correctly said in a press release.

However, facts mean nothing to left-wing ideologues.  Indeed, labels anyone who uses the phrase “illegal immigrant” to describe immigrants who are in this country illegally as a “racist.” Apparently that would include Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor, the first Hispanic justice to sit on the Supreme Court, who used the phrases “illegal alien” and “illegal immigrant” several times during last week’s oral argument concerning Arizona’s immigration law.

Another far Left website, ColorLines, has joined in the race baiting that substitutes for rational discussion:

Linking immigrants to language like “illegals” (the i-word) is dehumanizing, racist, confuses the immigration debate and it’s just not legally accurate. This anti-immigrant strategy has been moved into the media by a web of people and organizations committed to halting and derailing reasoned, informed debate and policy on immigration.

To the contrary, labeling someone who enters the country illegally as an illegal immigrant is both legally accurate and fundamentally fair to those immigrants who have followed the law and are in this country legally. Simple logic dictates that if a non-citizen entering the country is an immigrant, a non-citizen entering the country illegally is by definition an illegal immigrant. There are no shades of gray here. And it is also fundamentally unfair to Hispanic and other immigrants who have come to this country legally, and have followed the law since arriving here, to airbrush and reward illegal behavior.

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  • Larry

    Out here in Oz the Government insists on calling them "refugees" when it is blatantly obvious to all that they are nothing but illegal immigrants.

  • Carol

    The answer, of course, is for everyone to use the word and phrase as often as possible on a daily basis. In fact, flood the Internet with its use, and any other word, or term , or phrase, they decide to try and redefine, or outlaw.
    The problem is, also, we don't have an organized strategy and tactics.They do. We are all going to have to be active and vigilant.I am noticing the word "Islamists", or Muslims, who adhere to Sharia, are beginning to be referred to as "Conservatives" in a country's spectrum of " representation." Note write-ups on Turkey and Egypt.

  • Ken

    Another attempt by the Soros-funded Left to obscure and whitewah the issue. They despise the term because it is totally accurate and describes exactly what illegal aliens are – ILLEGAL!! No gray area for them to exploit or opportunity to play the race/victim card. If we were more concerned with the rights of the citizens of this country than the illegals who are repeatedly breaking our laws, we would be FAR better off!!

  • aspacia

    Send coins to Numbers USA as I do to stop this hazard.

  • StephenD

    I've heard the charge that it is "Hate Speech" and is Racist. The fact is over 54 nationalities, other than Mexican, have crossed over our southern border ILLEGALLY. We have active Hamas and Hezbollah operatives, Iranian, and Cuban. There are literally people from around the globe (after South Americans, mostly Mid-Easterners) that have come across our border. Can someone tell me, after we already make clear the term is appropriate (Illegal Immigrant) What "RACE" is being victimized here?

  • BS77

    It is part of the leftist strategy to marginalize actual American citizens….by providing "special" treatment, welfare, medical care, schooling, tuition breaks and virtual citizenship upon those who entered our nation illegally…..and it is all for politics…to insure millions of fresh Demo robotic voters.

  • randy

    North america was stolen from the natives by christians.

    • Spider

      And earlier European natives had their land stolen by those who we currently call natives.

    • StephenD


      So what?! We should stand back and let all our resources be had by whoever wishes because our ancestors were "aggressors?"
      All peoples, at one time or another were lorded over by others. It WAS how things were done…and we all hope those days are over. But because of it you want us to lay down and get stepped on.

      Blow it out your ass you buffoon.

      • randy

        Those resoursesbelong to the natives!

        • pagegl

          There were no native humans in the new world, just one set of immigrants that got here earlier than another set. Your argument is invalid. So, the resources belong to those who control them.

    • Chiggles

      So was South America. So what?

  • Steve Chavez

    Moveon, La Raza, and the Left now want to BAN THE WORD "ILLEGAL" SO OBAMA'S P.C. POLICE are going to arrest us all soon! "It's degrading, racist, and HATE SPEECH." They'll go after websites too.

    BIG SURPRISE: Mexican politicians, including a Presidential candidate, are seeking the extradition of ALL involved in gun running or Fast and Furious. That means OBAMA AND HOLDER. That's why Holder won't resign. Hey, didn't we invade Panama to arrest President Noriega?

    These Leftist groups, who support Mexicans, and who support the overthrow and arrest of many other Presidents around the world, should demand the arrest and extradition of Obama and Holder for killing thousands of their amigos. "NO JUSTICE NO PEACE!"

  • Randy

    I like the term that the Supreme Court has used: Trespassing Foreigners.

  • NoT Important

    The problem with the internet . . . civilians were allowed access. Now, any fie-year-old can post a video, and websites such as this can sensationalize it.

  • Red Baker

    Illegal alien invaders.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Is it not obvious we have a governmnt that is not doing what is necessary to keep Americans and all
    they have safe within their own borders. We are living under a regime that violates our laws by
    omission and destroys our sovereignty intentionally as Americans sit idley by twiddeling their
    thumbs while their future is destroyed before the November elections……..and regiem thugs
    run riot in our Cities streets. If we make it to November and Romney does not close the borders
    as Bush failed to do and Amexica/Ameristan becomes our debtors prison we will know there are
    no patriots as they have become something out of a long lost past…………………….William

    • Kendrick1

      We are already subjected to abject slavery!! One half of the population is FORCED support the other half!!

      This election won't be different if we don't get out and campaign! A click of the mouse won't do it!! Donate! Go door to door! Ask people to vote! Ask if they are registered to vote! Register them yourself! Donate! We can't just sit at our internet! We may not have it much longer if we get a Deja Vu!!!

      If we don't quit straightening the deck chairs while the ship is sinking, I'm afraid our nation is sick to death!!

  • Kendrick1

    This is just another attempt through their conditioning program to train us to be controlled and submissive, and make us say "how high" when they say, "jump!" Screw them!!

  • pagegl

    First, we revise our immigration laws to be similar to Mexico's. Then we enforce those laws the same way Mexico does. Finally, we get to watch MoveOn and La Raza and all the other idiot leftists go apoplectic.

  • Grenadier

    Reread Orwell's "The Animal Farm" and "1984." Control of language " is the key to controlling thought and speech. It is a means of controlling the "Proles." We, the bulk of productive Americans (especially white Americans) are viewed as the proles. Move On & other leftists groups view themselves as the "vanguard of the proletariat" ordained to force us into a totalitarian worker's paradise. All human beings are created equal except some are "more equal" than others. Deviation from the party line will result in visit to "Room 101" or immediate extermination by the "Thought Police." "Big Brother" is watching and rewriting history as we speak. Witness the rewriting of the racist history of the Democratic Party. The "memory hole" is in full operation. Our heritage of freedom is in mortal danger of extermination. The time for change is here. Let's see what happens this November.

  • Goemon

    Im convinced leftists and everyone else is incompatible. We should all go our separate ways into our own states. Let the leftists have California, turn it into a copy of north korea, and the rest of us will build something ar better than south korea. Mixing psychotic psychopathic radical leftist demon-worshipping(?) nutjobs with sane people is like wolves and chickens in a cage, no?

  • Ronald Johnston

    There is no such thing as an illegal immigrant. They are illegal aliens period including our illegal president!!!!

  • Ghostwriter

    I think legal immigrants have a few choice words for those who are here illegally. But,it's not within me to print what they would say,it's too vulgar.

  • BS77

    I think Move On would like to de legitimize the term "American Citizen" "…..the left and the collectivists want to CONTROL everything…the media, education, justice, the economy, medical decisions, land, property…EVERYTHING….because that's what totalitarians are all about. They say they represent "progressive values" and "democracy" but be warned….the Left is designed to be a tyrannical elite , bent on running things like Mao, Pol Pot and Stalin….a nightmare the idiots in Occupy cannot even begin to imagine.

  • Len_Powder

    The Obama administration is so desperate to get votes in 2012 that it wants to banish the moniker 'illegal alien'. The next step would be to quickly rewrite the laws or write a new one that entitles 'unauthorized immigrants' to vote. I wonder why the Left hasn't targeted the 'homeless' denizens. Are they any less worthy than illegal immigrants to the government's largesse? Maybe the numbers are insufficient presently but they have and will continue to increase dramatically if Obama gets re-elected. In fact, it's surprising that Obama has not created new ethnic or social categories in the 2010 census which the Democrats can target as potential voters. How about categories like 'union members' or 'people who have had abortions' or 'tran-sexuals'? Of course, they are always working on breaking society down into 'friendly' and 'unfriendly' constituents and changing their names accordingly. This is why they call the Tea Party 'teabaggers' and the OWS radicals 'freedom fighters'.

  • RobinKed

    I invite All who are disturbed by '' to censor American's to their version of 'Lib-speak' to visit their website & comment, I just did with several ILLEGAL phrases & just to p[ss them off further I was sure to throw out a few ANCHOR Babies…….!!!!!!!!!!!

  • xamericanpridex

    I'd like to outlaw the term 'illegal immigrant' too… it's an insult to all immigrants! The correct term is illegal ALIENS as we all know that anyone entering a country illegally is NOT AN IMMIGRANT!

  • EVE


  • EVE

    it never ends

  • EVE

    What the politicians need to do is worry about the citizens of the United States Of America, not the illegal's that enter the country illegally….