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Written by Mike Cutler, former INS Special Agent
Human beings think with words.  We express our thoughts with words. Therefore words are at our understanding of every aspect of our lives.  Consequently words have real impact.
In 1974 an important psychological experiment was conducted that illustrated how changing words can not only have a significant impact on how the test subjects perceived the severity of a car crash but even ultimately impact how they remember the accident, thereby creating false memories.
The report of that experiment Reconstruction of Automobile Destruction: An Example of the Interaction Between Languageand Memory’included this synopsis: Two experiments are reported in which subjects viewed films of automobile accidents and then answered questions about events occurring in the films. The question, “About how fast were the cars going when they smashed into each other?” elicited higher estimates of speed than questions which used the verbs collided, bumped, contucted, or hit in place of smashed. On a retest one week later, those subjects who received the verb smashed were more likely to say “yes” to the question, “Did you see any broken glass?”, even though broken glass was not present in the film. These results are consistent with the view that the questions asked subsequent t o a n event can cause a reconstruction in one’s memory of that event.
This phenomenon is not limited to car accidents but all situations.
A few years after that experiment the Carter administration ordered INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) employees to stop using the term “illegal alien” to describe illegal aliens and refer to them as “undocumented immigrants.”  It is impossible to know if any one in the Carter administration had read the report, but you have to wonder…
What is certain is that in 1948 George Orwell wrote “1984” a bleak prediction of the future that involved a totalitarian government that controlled its citizens with an iron fist.
It employed control of language that was described as “Newspeak.”
I wrote about Newspeak and the efforts of those in political power today as well as their colluding pals in the mainstream media to control the public discourse in my extensive article, Language Wars: The Road to Tyranny Is Paved with Language Censorship.
Simply stated, Newspeak’s purpose was to control thought through the control of language but eliminating words to eliminate the thoughts the words represented.
Furthermore, as George Orwell sagely observed, “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.
In 1984 the “Ministry of Truth” was the arm of the government that administered Newspeak.
Today the mainstream media has assumed the role of the Ministry of Truth.
Today, deceptive language is frequently written off as simply being “politically correct” language designed to not insult anyone while, the truth is far more treacherous.  The deceptive language is actually the manifestation of Orwellian Newspeak.
The term“Alien” has been all but expunged from the immigration debate with the radical left calling that term “Hate Speech.”  In reality the term “alien” simply means any person not a citizen or national of the United States.
There is no insult in that term, only clarity.  The sort of clarity the immigration con artists are determined to eliminate at all costs.
Additional and more obfuscating false terms are used to describe illegal aliens.  Besides referring to them as immigrants (thereby insulting and impugning lawful immigrants) they are referred to as “asylum seekers” and “migrants.”
The term “migrant” is not unique to aliens.  Indeed Caesar Chavez who founded the United Farm Workers Union did so to protect American migrant farm workers.
Aliens who run the U.S./Mexican border are called “asylum seekers” however, while many will falsely claim “credible fear” only a very small percentage will actually qualify for asylum.
The great majority of these aliens don’t even show up for their hearings because they know that they won’t be approved, but it won’t matter.  They just want to get into the U.S. and head for cities around the U.S.- especially “Sanctuary Cities” that shield them from detection.
However, for many Americans, however, the term “asylum seeker” generates sympathy.
Historically Americans root for the “underdog.” However, the true underdogs in America today are not millions of illegal aliens but American citizens who have been betrayed by their own government and suffer the worst consequences because of rampant and endemic immigration anarchy.
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