Harry Reid Promotes Illegal Aliens to "Undocumented Americans"
"This week, we're going to complete that legislation. We will hopefully bring to final passage a comprehensive bill that will strengthen our border security and bring 12 million undocumented Americans out of the shadows."
I've been percolating a gigantic immigration-and-border-security diatribe for months, which is damn near a boil since the ridiculous bipartisan American Suicide Bill, which has me more pissed at the President than I think I have ever been at any politician since Clinton didn't know what "sex" or "is" meant. (See? I'm so pissed I'm writing run-on sentences.) I can only hope that the opening of The Tempest will finally give me time to finish the research and write the thing. But hearing about this I can't say nothing.
Illegal aliens are illegal aliens. They're not Americans. They're not even illegal immigrants; "immigrant" is a term denoting legal naturalization and citizenship. There's already a term for people who are in the country in violation of the law: illegal aliens. Now Majority Leader Reid is calling them "undocumented Americans"???? What "shadows" is he talking about? The "shadows" of being a felon on a daily basis? I'm really just speechless. I guess I can say nothing if I can't say anything.
Perhaps this is the time to mention that Senator Reid's current approval rating is 19%. That is half of Vice President Cheney's approval rating. Half. Of Cheney's. (Find me a "mainstream" "non-partisan" media outlet that's reporting that information.) I hadn't realized that the office of Majority Leader empowered Reid to naturalize immigrants, since of course only an American citizen has the right to be called "American."
Since I don't have time to comment deeply on the subject, perhaps you'll enjoy New York Sun columnist Mark Steyn's take, which reads, in part:
I forget where I was when I first heard the phrase "undocumented worker." Possibly it was after swimming the Rio Grande and emerging dripping on the northern shore to be handed a fake Social Security number and a driver's license. But I assumed, reasonably enough, that this linguistic sleight of hand was simply too ridiculous to fly even with the American media. I underestimated my colleagues, alas.
The "undocumented" are, as it happens, brimming with sufficient documents to open bank accounts or, on the other hand, rent a Ryder truck, as Mohammad Salameh did in 1993 when he and his pals bombed the World Trade Centerfirst time round. Being "undocumented" means being documented up to the hilt as far as everyone else is concerned but "undocumented" only to the US government. Which, when you think about it, is a very advantageous status to have.
The tip of the wedge these days is always changing the name.
(That's not true, actually; first you accuse all people who oppose your issue of being bigoted in some way. If I oppose gay marriage, I'm a homophobe. If I support military action in the Middle East, I'm a war-monger. If I oppose the blanket naturalization of illegal aliens, I'm a racist. This is the Democratic Party's political dialogue strategy in a nutshell: When you can't win minds and hearts with your arguments, just vilify your opponents. Works every time. How very very stupid we Americans are.)
If we're going to insist on calling them "illegal immigrants," let's combine the two ideas into one adorable, easy-to-remember term: Crimmigrants.
Hell, I'm starting to rant. Save it for later, Hamm...