Written by Michael Cutler
Retired INS Special Agent
My recent article Fake News Begins With Fake Language, “Politically Correct” language is really Orwellian Newspeakfocused on how the use of carefully crafted language has, over time, manipulated how millions of Americans think about immigration to get them to accept the unacceptable, a veritable invasion of America by millions of illegal aliens including criminals and terrorists.
This concerted disinformation campaign began with the Carter administration that demanded that INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) employees replay the term “illegal alien” with “undocumented immigrant.” The term alien is a legal term that is defined by the Immigration and Nationality Act as simply “Any person, not a citizen or national of the United States.” The problem with the term alien is not that it is a pejorative that constitutes “hate speech” but is a term that provides clarity. Con artists avoid clarity the way that burglars avoid bright lights. Clarity of language, in point fact, shines the bright light of truth on the discussion.
Here is how that article begins:
Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) has introduced a bill banning the terms “illegal alien” as well as “alien” from the U.S. government’s legal code.
Castro, who is also chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, made the announcement in a Tuesday news release
Castro — whose twin brother, Julián, is running for president of the United States — said that “words matter” in his news release.
“Words matter,” he insisted. “It’s vital that we respect the dignity of immigrants fleeing violence and prosecution in our language. The words ‘alien’ and ‘illegal alien’ work to demonize and dehumanize the migrant community.
“They should have no place,” he continued, “in our government’s description of human beings.”
Castro’s CHANGE Act — or the Correcting Alienating Names in Government Act — proposes to eradicate both “illegal alien” and “alien” throughout the Immigration and Nationality Act, replacing them with the words “foreign national” and “undocumented foreign national.”
What has been ignored by the media and by Castro and his Democrat cohorts is that the DREAM Act is an acronym for Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act!
With his concerns about the “dignity of illegal aliens” where are his concerns about the dignity of lawful immigrants and United States citizens? Where is his concerns about national security and public safety?
To provide much needed clarity, the difference between lawful immigrants and illegal aliens is comparable to the difference between houseguests and burglars!
During the first Democratic Presidential debates his twin brother, Julian Castro, proposed decriminalizing violations of our immigration laws.
The obvious goal is to obfuscate the difference between U.S. citizens, lawful immigrant, non-immigrant (temporary visitors) and illegal aliens.
Stunningly, members of the Democratic Party, in increasing numbers are now calling for the disbanding of immigration law enforcement altogether.
During my 30 year career with the INS I spent one year as an INS Adjudications Officer, conducting the so-called “marriage interviews” to determine if a marriage between a U.S. citizen or lawful immigrant and an alien were sham marriages designed to provide the alien with a green card as part of a sort of business arrangement or if they were actually living together. The point is to uncover fraud and make certain that the alien was entitled to be granted lawful status
We worked closely with the INS agents to conduct investigations that led to uncovering marriage fraud rings not unlike the way that the IRS investigates tax cheats.
The BuzzFeed article created the bogus impassion that the those adjudications officers were simply supposed to rubber stamp the applications without verifying the identity of the aliens and other material facts. In reality, those adjudicators play a serious role in national security and our efforts to combat international terrorists.
Awhile back I wrote an extensive report:
Here are two of those excerpts:
Once terrorists had entered the United States, their next challenge was to find a way to remain here. Their primary method was immigration fraud. For example, Yousef and Ajaj concocted bogus political asylum stories when they arrived in the United States. Mahmoud Abouhalima, involved in both the World Trade Center and landmarks plots, received temporary residence under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers (SAW) program, after falsely claiming that he picked beans in Florida.
Terrorists in the 1990s, as well as the September 11 hijackers, needed to find a way to stay in or embed themselves in the United States if their operational plans were to come to fruition. As already discussed, this could be accomplished legally by marrying an American citizen, achieving temporary worker status, or applying for asylum after entering. In many cases, the act of filing for an immigration benefit sufficed to permit the alien to remain in the country until the petition was adjudicated. Terrorists were free to conduct surveillance, coordinate operations, obtain and receive funding, go to school and learn English, make contacts in the United States, acquire necessary materials, and execute an attack.
Congressman Castro was certainly correct about one thing- words do matter and, as Founding Father John Adams wisely observed, “Facts are stubborn things!”