Cross posted from Blue Collar Muse
I find it incredibly interesting how the meanings of words change in the several ongoing political debates in this country.
For instance, in my post ‘Assimilation or Annihilation’, I point out there is no such thing as an ‘illegal immigrant’ since an immigrant, by definition, is someone here legally. The correct term is ‘illegal alien’.
The term ‘illegal immigrant’ is used to appeal to our sense of history and belonging. When prompted to fondly remember, “America is a nation of immigrants!” by those supporting Amnesty for illegals, we are being pushed to call up a warm, romantic notion of people enduring danger and deprivation to get to America and then make further sacrifices to work with us to build America. Immigrants really did endure many a hardship to get to the land of opportunity that is America. They really did contribute mightily to the growth and glory of our country. We should rightly remember them and honor and extol their sacrifice.
Illegal aliens are a different group altogether. While all immigrants are aliens, not all aliens are immigrants.
Illegal aliens also endure many hardships to arrive here in the US. But their purpose in coming here is different from the immigrant’s. While an immigrant comes to receive from the bounty that is America, he also brings the resource that is himself TO America. He both contributes and receives. For the most part, illegal aliens are more interested in what America can provide for them as opposed to what they can bring to America.
Next time you hear the term illegal immigrant, pay attention. The person speaking may be telling you more about themselves than about the debate.
Thinking a better emotional comparison would be between our Founding Fathers and today’s Dead Beat Dads …
Blue Collar Muse
**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email stiknstein at gmail dot com and let us know at what level you would like to participate.
Others blogging on Immigration:
S1348 Immigration Bill – 20 Loopholes at Bear Creek Ledger – MUST READ
State GOP Who Oppose RNC on Amnesty See Pickup in Fundraising at Bear Creek Ledger
Chambliss and Isakson Claim They are on the Fence…Literally at Georgia Crime Watch
One Way to Fight a Sanctuary City – UPDATE at The People’s Patriot
Lamar Alexander interview with Bill Hobbs (more on amnesty) at Bear Creek Ledger
Terrorists Coming From the Southern Border at Time to Change the Nation
Accessory to the Crime at Right Truth
Public Aid, Illegal Aliens vs Veterans at Right Truth
From ‘Permanent Republican Majority’ to ‘End of the Party as We Know It’ Within 5 Years at stikNstein … Has No Mercy
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