“Illegal Immigrant” No Longer an Acceptable Term—It’s Hurtful

Sometimes, I feel as though I’m in an episode of The Twilight Zone, mixed with a twisted Groundhog Day, being forced to suffer some kind of eternal punishment. I wake up, I turn on my computer, and I read some news story about some supposedly amazing social project upon which Liberals are working; or some new rule dictated by the leaders of the Left; or even a surprise attack on someone in the Conservative community for saying something that runs afoul of Liberal constitutions–by which I mean their sensibilities, not the actual Constitution; because we know they don’t have any regard for that. It never ends. Despite this, Liberals still continue to surprise me.

Today, my new twisted horror descended upon me in the form of political correctness. I knew the day would come when it would no longer be “appropriate” to say “illegal immigrant;” just as the term “illegal alien” fell from grace several years ago. Well, here we are, folks.

According to ABC News: “The Associated Press…will no longer use the term ‘illegal immigrant.'”

The AP said: “The Stylebook no longer sanctions the term ‘illegal immigrant,’ or the use of ‘illegal’ to describe a person… [We] sought the views of a cross-section of AP staffers.”

Many outlets are beginning to regard the term “illegal immigrant” as demeaning and dehumanizing to those who are, you know, breaking the law. This effort to ban the term comes several years after the term “illegal alien” became taboo, because it was viewed as too harsh and dehumanizing. Apparently, the word “illegal” will now be replaced with “undocumented,” or “unauthorized.” I wonder what comes next?

Within a span of several years, we went from “illegal alien,” to “illegal immigrant,” to “undocumented immigrant,” and now “unauthorized immigrant.” The reasoning behind the changes has always hinged on political correctness. Every change is said to have been demanded by some group of people, because they are offended by the words. My question is: does someone who doesn’t want to be known as “illegal,” want to be known as “unauthorized?” In addition to that, who are the offended parties? Usually white Liberals.

I can hear the press release two years from now:

“Due to an outpouring from individuals who take deep offense at being called ‘unauthorized,’ we have decided to make a change to a more tactful term: ‘immigrants who came here because they had no other choice, due to a lack of work or funds in their own country; who, for lack of a better description, are residing here outside of the parameters of United States law’”

Over the years, I have found that political correctness can never find its footing, because the cultural sands are always shifting. One change leads to another, which is ultimately banished to the word ghetto–sorry, can I use the word “ghetto?”–which is replaced by another word, and so on, until no one is happy.

The AP is a front for the Left, as are most news agencies. By slowly softening the way in which we discuss illegal immigrants, they are trying to slowly change our perspective as well. The Left wants illegal immigrants to be granted citizenship, and ultimately, voting rights, so that they can gain 11 million new voters. It’s a ploy that takes time; but with the help of the press, the timeframe can be significantly shortened.

As Jay Leno remarked on the Tonight Show,

“And in a groundbreaking move, the Associated Press…will no longer use the term ‘illegal immigrant.’ That is out. No longer ‘illegal immigrant.’ They will now use the phrase ‘undocumented Democrat.’”

Very astute, Jay; and unfortunately very true.