PEOPLE AREN’T ILLEGAL
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who made an ass out of himself at the DNC last summer, was in D.C. earlier this week to promote, in effect, amnesty.
Excerpt from the Los Angeles Times:
Villaraigosa called for comprehensive immigration legislation that includes a path to citizenship for the 11 million people in the United States unlawfully.
“When 1 million people march to your front step, they deserve a welcome,” he said. “No human being is illegal…. We must enshrine this principle into the heart and soul of the country’s immigration policy.”
The Mayor, who was seen recently partying in Mexico with Charlie Sheen, is right about one thing. “No human being is illegal.” People can’t be “illegal”. However, they can be “unlawfully present”.
This isn’t a lesson in political correctness. It’s about using the proper term. As Rush Limbaugh says, “words mean things.”
Illegal alien = incorrect
Unlawfully present alien = correct
An alien is someone born outside of the United States. Even if an alien becomes a U.S. citizen, they are still an alien. A “permanent resident alien”.
When people call unlawfully present aliens, as a whole, “undocumented immigrants”, they are wrong. Immigrants are people that plan on becoming citizens. There are some undocumented immigrants.
Many unlawfully present aliens intend to return to their homeland. Therefore, they are not immigrants.
For example, the lady who cleans my building. She told me she is here to make money, then return to Mexico. I’m assuming the American dollar is stronger in Mexico than in Southern California. She sure acted as though that is the case.
To summarize, all undocumented immigrants are unlawfully present aliens.
But not all unlawfully present aliens are undocumented immigrants.
Hence, you can’t go wrong with the term “unlawfully present alien”.
Enshrine that into your immigration policy.
Mayor Villaraigosa, who was cheating on his wife with a local Telemundo anchor, leaves office in June.