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Doublespeak on Immigration

Article author: 
Jack Martin
Article publisher: 
FAIR
Article date: 
January 23, 2014
Article category: 
National News
Medium
Article Body: 

President Obama and the Democrats pushing for amnesty for illegal aliens have worked hard and successfully with the cooperation of the major media outlets to change the terms of the debate. They have largely succeeded in getting the term “amnesty” removed from the debate. They have adopted a lexicon used by their advocates in which the term “illegal alien” is characterized as a pejorative and have insisted those foreigners here illegally simply be called immigrants – thereby obscuring the very great difference in law between those who are invited into the country and those who are gate crashers.

Instead of “amnesty” they have asserted the proper term is “earned legalization,” as if their gaining and maintaining access to the country in violation of the law were meritorious and thus has earned them the right to stay. George Orwell recognized this process of changing the terms of discussion through changing the language. He termed it “Newspeak.”

The assault on anyone opposed to the new political correctness has become increasingly nasty. Anyone defending enforcement of the immigration law or who questions the amnesty agenda is now a target for attack as “anti-immigrant” or “anti- Hispanic” (as if illegal alien and Hispanic were synonymous terms) or, even worse, as “racist.”1,2 The major media have been quick to heed the political correctness doublespeak...3

...the reason behind our immigration law remains valid. We have immigration limits because there are many more foreigners who would like to come than we can accommodate without harm to our own population. We need to allow foreigners in only after careful screening because there are some who would enter to do us harm, and still others who would simply be a major burden on the U.S. taxpayer. We also need to remind the public and the policymakers that if we adopt a mass amnesty again, as we did in 1986, that it will again be seen abroad as an invitation to come illegally to wait for the next amnesty...

We call ourselves immigration reformers, but the “Newspeakers” have taken to calling themselves the reformers. How then do we draw the distinction between us? We are for immigration law enforcement while they are for law non-enforcement. We are for strengthening immigration law enforcement. They are for weakening immigration law enforcement...

 


CAIRCO Research

1. Code Words of Hypocrisy - information at Center For Immigration Truth

2. A Case Study in Disinformation - Dr. John Tanton

3. Associated Press adopts Orwellian doublespeak - drops 'illegal immigrant'