Texas Democrat Joaquin Castro wants to ban the use of the words “alien” and “illegal alien” from the government legal code. In the latest issue of “Democrats working for immigrants and not the American people,” Castro argued that the phrases were “hurtful” to the immigrant community.
In a press release issued by Castro he said, “Words matter. It’s vital that we respect the dignity of immigrants fleeing violence and prosecution in our language. The words ‘alien’ and ‘illegal alien’ work to demonize and dehumanize the migrant community. They should have no place in our government’s description of human beings,”
The Correcting Alienating Names in Government Act, otherwise known as the CHANGE Act, calls for the elimination of the two words from the Immigration and Nationality Act and to replace them with the words “foreign national” and “undocumented foreign national.” The Democratic congressman somehow believes doing this would not only humanize illegal immigrants, but “increase their safety” in the U.S.
“Immigrants come to our borders in good faith and work hard for the opportunity to achieve a better life for themselves and their family. Eliminating this language from government expression puts us one step closer to preserving their dignity and ensuring their safety,” Castro continued in his statement.
Stupidity apparently runs in the family, as his twin brother Julian – a notorious panderer and Democratic presidential candidate – has long argued for open borders. It appears as if the Castro brothers target voters are comprised entirely of illegal immigrants all the while doing nothing for the American citizens.
The brothers are not the only ones with this strategy of course, we have grown accustomed to seeing it as a mainstay of Democratic campaign trails across the nation.
“First, no one is illegal. That term is derogatory now because it dehumanizes people. You can say any other forms of maybe ‘coming in without any regulations’ or so forth, but the use of ‘illegal’ is disrespectful and I ask my colleagues to try in so many ways to not dehumanize our immigrant neighbors who are trying to come in for safe haven,” Democrat Rashida Tlaib said during a House committee hearing.
“No one is an ‘alien.’ This is family separation on a massive scale,” Another Democrat, Ilhan Omar chimed in. “Dehumanizing immigrants and tearing apart families will not make us any stronger. It will only destroy lives, traumatize children, and make our country less safe.”
Omar also claimed President Donald Trump uses the words “illegal” and “alien” to “justify horrific human rights abuses against migrants.” The two words, however, have been used for years by the U.S. federal government and immigration agencies and are not meant to carry any negative connotations.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services defines the word “alien” as “any person not a citizen or national of the United States.
‘Foreign national’ is a synonym and used outside of statutes when referring to noncitizens of the U.S. Non-partisan immigration organizations describe the word in similar fashion.
While Democratic politicians have been quick to claim outrage over the terms, most Americans are still very comfortable with the words. A recent poll shows that only 26% of respondents answered “yes” when asked, “Is it offensive to refer to someone who has entered this country illegally as ‘an illegal immigrant’?” including only 30% of Democrats.