In NYC the Term “Illegal Alien” Can Cost You $250,000.00
The Left escalates its war on the First Amendment.
By Michael Cutler
The September 26, 2019 edition of the Washington Times included an article, NYC bans calling someone an ‘illegal alien’ or threatening to contact ICE that began with the following excerpt:
New York City has made it against the law to call someone an “illegal alien” or threaten them by calling immigration officials on them.
City Hall’s Commission on Human Rights released the new measures this week that could pose up to a $250,000 fine.
The restrictions say the term “alien” — typically used to refer to a noncitizen — is a loaded phrase meant to categorize migrants as “other” and dehumanize them.
Before we consider the attack on the First Amendment that protects our freedoms of expression to guarantee freedom of thought by the increasingly radicalized Democrats of New York City, we must consider how we have come to this point where our political “leaders” and the mainstream media have, in essence, become the “Ministry of Truth” that is found in Orwell’s novel, “1984.” In that novel of a terrifying dystopia future, the Ministry of Truth formulated propaganda and administered the expansion of Newspeak, and was backed up by the Thought Police.
The misuse language to confound understanding, at least where immigration is concerned, can be traced back decades to the administration of Jimmy Carter, who began process of expunging the term “illegal alien” and even the term alien from the official lexicon that pertains to immigration.
The Carter administration coercively mandated that all INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) employees substitute the term “Undocumented Immigrant) for the term “Illegal Alien.” Under his outrageous edict, recalcitrant INS employees who continued use the legally accurate term illegal aliens would face extreme disciplinary punishment for using that proscribed term.
Indeed, the term “Alien” is a legal term that is defined in section, 8 USC §1101 of the Immigration And Nationality Act (INA) as simply being, “Any person, not a citizen or national of the United States.”
There is certainly no insult in that term or its definition- only clarity. However, con artists seek to obfuscate the truth in order to swindle their intended victims.
Back then, out of frustration I began to refer to illegal aliens as “Pre-Citizens.” It was obvious to all INS personnel that Carter’s goal was to eliminate the critically important distinction between lawful immigrants and illegal aliens for political purposes.
Tremendous harm is done to lawful immigrants by eliminating that important distinction between lawful immigrants and illegal aliens.
The 9/11 Commission reported that first and foremost, the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 and other terror attacks were only possible because of multiple failures of the immigration system, a system that the Radical Left now seeks to dismantle altogether.
The radical Left’s aggressive push to distort the truth about immigration and promulgate “sanctuary policies” should earn these politicians and their allies in the mainstream media the MVP (Most Valuable Player) Award by al-Qaeda, ISIS, Hezbollah and the drug cartels.
I wrote about the misuse of language by Carter and others who have followed his fetid example in my extensive article, Language Wars: The Road to Tyranny Is Paved with Language Censorship. My piece included the appendix for Orwell’s novel 1984 that provided the principles of Newspeak that concluded with this simple statement.
Newspeak was designed not to extend but to diminish the range of thought, and this purpose was indirectly assisted by cutting the choice of words down to a minimum.
On July 18, 2019 the newspaper, The Tennessee Star, reported, Ilhan Omar Cosponsors Legislation to Ban Federal Agencies from Using Term ‘Illegal Alien.’
That report included this excerpt:
The bill, H.R. 3776, was introduced by Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX-20) and would prevent “executive agencies from using the derogatory term ‘alien’ to refer to an individual who is not a citizen or national of the United States.” Instead, federal agencies would be required to use either “foreign national” or “undocumented foreign national” when referring to illegal immigrants.
“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,” Castro said in a press release after introducing the bill Tuesday.
Castro was certainly correct, words do indeed matter! George Orwell would certainly agree.
Now let’s go back to that edict in New York City, under which anyone could be hit with a fine of a quarter of a million dollars for uttering the term “Illegal Alien.”
An entirely bogus narrative has been created to convince as many Americans as possible, that our immigration laws and by extension, those who enforce those laws are racists.
This false and dangerous assertion is easily refuted. Section 8 U.S. Code § 1182 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)- enumerates the categories of aliens who are to be excluded from the United States. It makes absolutely no distinction about race, religion or ethnicity.
Among these classes of aliens who are to be prevented from entering the United States are aliens who suffer from dangerous communicable, diseases or extreme mental illness.
Additionally, criminals, human traffickers, war criminals, terrorists and spies are to be excluded as well as aliens who would seek unlawful employment thus displacing American workers or driving down Americans’ wages and aliens who would likely become public charges.
Furthermore, the most likely victims of transnational criminals are the immigration who live within the ethnic immigrant communities where these criminals set up shop, hiding among those immigrants who are most similar to them.
Every race, religion and ethnicity have what I have come to refer to as “the good, the bad and the ugly.”
As an INS agent I arrested criminal aliens from all over the world. Human nature is universal.
Yet the mainstream media castigates those who support fair and effective immigration law enforcement as being “Anti-Immigrant” rather than using the accurate term of “Pro-Enforcement” while immigration anarchists are generally lauded as being “Pro-Immigrant.”
At a minimum, aliens who evade the inspections process at ports of entry are trespassing on America.
Incredibly, on October 13, 2014 none other than Chuck Schumer posted a press release on his official website to announce that he was proposing a new law that would that, especially because of the continuing threat of terrorism, that would make trespassing on critical infrastructure and/or landmarks a federal crime with a maximum prison sentence of five years.
Here are two experts from Schumer’s press release:
“Currently NYC Law Has Max. Penalty for Trespassing of Under 1 Year – In Light of Terrorism, Fed Law Should Make Loud & Clear, Particularly to Trespassers from Overseas, That Wrongdoers Should Stay Off Bridges, WTC, Statue of Liberty or Other Critical Infrastructure Schumer Said NYPD Has Done Great Work Pursuing Cases, But Available Punishments Are Too Weak”
“With terror threats at a high, it must be made loud and clear to any would-be trespassers, adrenaline junkies or potential criminals that the federal government and the NYPD take trespassing on critical infrastructure and national monuments very seriously; a law that makes this a federal crime and raises the current maximum jail time from one to five years would help deter this behavior, and provide the NYPD with stronger tools to combat this disturbing trend.”
Words do matter and those who would obliterate the First Amendment must be told “NO!” on Election Day!