Written by Michael W. Cutler, Senior Special Agent, INS (Ret.)
On September 26, 2019 the Washington Times published an article, NYC bans calling someone an ‘illegal alien’ or threatening to contact ICE that began with the following excerpt:
New York City has made it against the law to call someone an “illegal alien” or threaten them by calling immigration officials on them.
City Hall’s Commission on Human Rights released the new measures this week that could pose up to a $250,000 fine.
The restrictions say the term “alien” — typically used to refer to a noncitizen — is a loaded phrase meant to categorize migrants as “other” and dehumanize them.
This jaw-dropping directive and the threat of the imposition of a fine of a quarter of a million dollars against anyone who would use the term “alien” when supposedly “motivated by hate” is not a matter of political correctness run amok but of the imposition of thought control by intimidation directly out of the pages of George Orwell’s novel “1984.”
The term “Alien” is, in fact, a fair and rational legal term.
The Immigration And Nationality Act (INA) is the body of laws that address the multifaceted issue of immigration. It includes a section, 8 USC §1101, that provides the definitions of terms that are central to the administration and enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws.
The term “Alien” is defined in that section of the INA as simply being- “Any person, not a citizen or national of the United States.
That term is not a pejorative and does not insult anyone. It simply draws a clear distinction between people in the United States who are citizens and those who are not citizens.
Aliens who enter the U.S. illegally or violate their terms of lawful admission subsequent to being admitted are illegally present. In NYC and other cities, those who engage in unlawful activities are referred to as being illegal. For example, those who sell their wares in public are referred to as illegal peddlers. Those who go swimming when the beaches are closed are referred to as illegal swimmers. Aliens who continue to reside in the United States illegally are illegal aliens.
The effort to expunge the term alien from the lexicon began during the Carter administration and was designed to blur the important distinction between lawful immigrants and illegal aliens for political purposes.
This also has the consequence of impugning how lawful immigrants are perceived.
To provide clarity, the difference between an immigrant and an illegal alien is comparable to the difference between a houseguest and a burglar!
I wrote about the misuse of language by Carter and others a couple of years ago in my extensive article, Language Wars: The Road to Tyranny Is Paved with Language Censorship. I that piece I included the appendix for 1984 that defined the principles of Newspeak that concluded with this simple statement.
Newspeak was designed not to extend but to diminish the range of thought, and this purpose was indirectly assisted by cutting the choice of words down to a minimum.
What we frequently refer to as being “Politically Correct” is nothing short of Orwellian Newspeak that seeks to impose through control through control of language.
As I have frequently written, our immigration laws are utterly and totally blind as to race, religion or ethnicity. Yet globalists and the radicalized leadership of the Democratic Party equate immigration law enforcement with racism. “Journalists” refer to those who support effective and fair enforcement of our immigration laws as being “Anti-Immigrant” when, if they were objective reporters of facts, should refer to those who support immigration law enforcement as being “Pro-Enforcement.” Those same “journalists” refer to those who oppose secure borders and effective immigration law enforcement as being “Pro-Immigrant” when, in reality they should be described as immigration anarchists.
Our immigration laws were enacted to protect public health, national security, public safety and the jobs and wages of Americans.
The Immigration and Nationality Act does not only establishes the grounds for excluding and/or deporting aliens from the United States, but also establishes the grounds for admitting aliens into the United States, either as nonimmigrant (temporary) visitors as tourists, students, authorized workers, etc., or as permanent resident aliens who are immediately placed on the pathway to U.S. citizenship. Indeed, the U.S. generally admits more than one million permanent resident aliens each and every year and naturalizes hundreds of thousands of new citizens. Those numbers are greater than are the numbers for all of the other countries on the planet, combined.
The Founding Fathers established the First Amendment to protect our freedoms of expression to guarantee freedom of thought.
The tactics of intimidation must be opposed and rejected by all freedom loving Americans. It is important to treat all people fairly and without prejudice. However, coercing citizens to submit to totalitarian objectives by corrupt politicians must be rejected.
Election Day is coming!