The recent story, “Commissioners Hear Plea from Immigrant Community,” [April 18 post on mountainx.com] constantly using the term “immigrants” as a politically correct substitute for the legal and accurate term “illegal aliens” is an insult to real immigrants and the rich tradition of immigration in America.
At more than 1 million each year, the USA takes in more legal immigrants than any other nation on the planet, a group that includes this proud American’s adopted sister and many close friends. Illegal aliens are people here in violation of our extremely liberal immigration laws that must be enforced if we are to honor the legal immigrants who join the American family lawfully.
Illegally jumping over a rickety border fence or overstaying a visa does not make anyone an “immigrant” ― and it does not make them Americans.
Border patrol agents and ICE agents risk ― and too often lose ― their lives in their noble work to protect us from the crime of illegal immigration. Reading that illegals have the temerity to insist that county commissioners do something to stop immigration enforcement should enrage anyone who believes in the rule of law.
If writers and readers are anti-enforcement on immigration, they should have the courage to speak up on their real goals: open borders.
For the mindless libs who will recoil at the thought of supporting law enforcement officers and who will howl the sure-to-come cries of “racism,” we suggest a good first step is to at least enforce our immigration and employment laws as effectively and as enthusiastically as does Mexico, where there is no confusion on the “illegal” part of illegal immigration or apology for enforcement.
For those confused about the difference between immigrants and illegal aliens: Immigrants do not require amnesty.
― D.A. King
Editor’s note: King reports that he is president of the Georgia-based Dustin Inman Society.
So far as Mountain Xpress’ word usage goes, we adhere to the guidance of the Associated Press in this and many other matters of word choice. The AP advises: “Except in direct quotes essential to the story, use illegal only to refer to an action, not a person: illegal immigration, but not illegal immigrant. Acceptable variations include living in or entering a country illegally or without legal permission.
“Do not use the terms alien, an illegal, illegals or undocumented (except when quoting people or government documents that use these terms).”
Beyond the specific terms used to characterize immigrant communities, Xpress in general does not use language that implies a civil or criminal violation of the law to describe individuals or groups who have not been convicted of such a violation.