Watch you Language: It has nothing to do with race. It's
about Legal verses Illegal.
In my role as CFIR Rally chair, I have had the opportunity to
discuss the Illegal Alien issue with many people. I have noticed that the
opposing side was trying to change the meaning of words. I have
also seen well intentioned people fall into the trap and get sidetracked
by their tactics.
In order to define our goals, we must define the words that we use to
communicate our goals. As for goals of the CFIR group, we are very
Pro-Immigrant. That is, we support "LEGAL Immigration". We want the laws
enforced. After all, we will not be "indivisible" as a country and will
not have "liberty and justice for all" if we do not apply the laws to
One of the main reasons the Pro-Illegal-Alien (PIA)
side seems to control the debates is because they redefine the words of
the discussion. This tactic helps make them look better and they try to
make us look like racists because we want the laws enforced. Illegal
Alien is not a race. We need to define the words to use them correctly
and never use any race or nationality to define illegal aliens.
Using the online Webster dictionary at
website, let’s define a few definitions: Immigrant, Illegal, and Alien.
- DEF: immigrant; Function: noun; Date: 1789
: one that immigrates: as a person who comes to a country to take up
- DEF: illegal; Function: adjective; Date: 1538
: not according to or authorized by law : unlawful, illicit; also : not
sanctioned by official rules
- DEF: alien; Function: adjective; Date: 14th century
a: belonging or relating to another person, place, or thing : strange
b: relating, belonging, or owing allegiance to another country or
government : foreign
The term “immigrant” is constantly used by the PIA’s to draw sympathy
for their cause. Note that the definition is about permanent residence.
An “Alien” cannot be permanent unless they do it legally. Therefore, an
immigrant is a “legal alien” and the terms "Immigrant" and "Illegal
Alien" mean two different things.
The term “Illegal Immigrant” is an oxymoron. These words should not be
used together. What it really means is "Illegal-Legal-Alien". Immigrants
cannot be illegal by definition.
The PIAs will use other terms to avoid saying they support Illegal
Aliens: Migrant worker, undocumented Worker, Day Laborer. These terms
can apply to American citizens and do not expressly mean “illegal
alien”. Some Examples:
"Migrant" - This could be any American Citizen that lives in the North
for the Summer and in the South for the Winter. You may know a few
people like this. However, they are legal citizens.
"Undocumented Worker" - This could be any American Citizen that does not
pay taxes or claims income, works for cash (i.e. waitresses, local handy
man). Though wrong, it is not the issue.
“Day Laborer” - Though it is common knowledge that almost all Day
Laborers in this area are Illegal Aliens, it is probable that a few are American Citizens. Again, this does not completely
and accurately define illegal aliens.
To avoid using the term Illegal Alien, the PIAs will call us a racist.
This is a good time to set the record straight. The only people that
brought up race is them when they say racist. The question to ask is,
“What race is Illegal Alien?” Usually, they support the racist group
called "La Raza" which means "The Race". Can you imagine an Anglo group
calling themselves "The Race"? As racists, they really only promote a
certain look. La Raza does not show support for Anglo looking Germans or
Asians that are here illegally. They only support those that are darker
skin and hair color. Now who are the racists? But I digress, race is not
Stay focused. The issue is about Legal verses Illegal. Since Illegal is
about breaking the law, we need to be sure that our words are not
twisted and taken out of context. It really is hard for the PIA
side to argue against
following the law and that we are Pro-Legal-Immigration.
That's the way I see it - John Gorena