TALLAHASSEE -- A state legislator whose district is home to thousands of Caribbean immigrants wants to ban the term "illegal alien" from the state's official documents.
"I personally find the word 'alien' offensive when applied to individuals, especially to children," said Sen. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami. "An alien to me is someone from out of space."
Ah, yes the classic liberal standby. Let us institute the principles of Orwellian Newspeak, for the children.
She has introduced a bill providing that: "A state agency or official may not use the term 'illegal alien' in an official document of the state." There would be no penalty for using the words.
So, the bill would have the same effect as our laws protecting our borders. It will be ignored outright by some, and adopted by the new illiteratti.
In Miami-Dade County, Wilson said, "we don't say 'alien,' we say 'immigrant.'"
Because in Miami-Dade County, you are a collection of idiots.
2 : a foreign-born resident who has not been naturalized and is still a subject or citizen of a foreign country; broadly : a foreign-born citizen
Gee, it does not say anything about outer space here.; although the whereabouts of Frederica's brain might fit that geographical description. What is not to like? What is it about these criminal alien invaders that doesn't fit the definition above? The only time a child is going to bawl his eyes out, when he is labeled thus, is if I print it out and staple it to their forehead. Hmmm.
She said she encountered the situation when trying to pass a bill allowing children of foreigners to get in-state tuition at colleges and universities. Wilson, who directs a dropout prevention and education program in Miami, said she politely asks witnesses at public hearings on such issues not to use the term.
To which they held up the three longest fingers on their hands and told her to read between the lines. It's a perfect reply. Everyone with a brain gets it and laughs, while the target sits there with a puzzling look on her face.
"There are students in our schools whose parents are trying to become citizens and we shouldn't label them," she said. "They are immigrants, through no fault of their own, not aliens."
Huh? So they aren't aliens through no fault of their own? Rewind to the definition above.
Wilson said the first word isn't as bad as the second.
"'Illegal,' I can live with, but I like 'undocumented' better," she said.
I really want to know what word she definitely can't live with, so that I can be one of many, working hard to hasten her mortal departure.
Asked if her bill (SB 2154) might run afoul of Gov. Charlie Crist's "plain speaking" mandate for government agencies, Wilson said, "I think getting rid of 'alien' would be plain speaking."Right. 'immigrant' is far plainer than 'alien'. Insol said, "I think getting rid of criminal aliens would be plain common sense."