Ridiculous QOTD: Conyers urges others to not call illegal immigrants “illegal”

Posted by: ST on February 5, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Sigh. Via Yahoo News’ Ticket blog:

WASHINGTON—During opening statements for the first House Judiciary Committee hearing addressing comprehensive immigration reform, the top ranking Democrat on the committee urged his fellow members and the witnesses present to avoid using the phrase “illegal immigrant” during the daylong proceedings.

“I hope no one uses the term ‘illegal immigrants’ here today,” said Committee Ranking Member John Conyers of Michigan. “Our citizens are not illeg—the people in this country are not illegal. They are out of status. They’re new Americans that are immigrants, and I think we can forge a path to citizenship that will be able to pass muster.”

Not only is this blatant pandering to a coveted “minority group”, it’s also yet another example of the types of deliberate word games Democrats like to play via the redefinition of what something means. So we shouldn’t call people who are here illegally “illegals.” What does that make people who ARE here legally? “More legal”? Illegals should now be called “out of status” immigrants, according to Conyers. Should legals be called “in status”? Are there levels of “legality”? When does it stop?

Quite frankly I’m not sure what’s worse: Self-important politically correct politicos and mainstream media types referring to illegal immigrants as “undocumented” or calling them “out of status.” Are there any other substitute terms I missed?

This is ridiculous beyond belief, and I say this as someone who many fellow conservatives would probably view as a “RINO” on the illegal immigration issue. I just get so sick of the left redefining words, and shifting the debate away from what it’s supposed to be about (which is what they do so often with abortion by making it about the “mother’s health” instead of the baby). If we’re going to have this debate on illegal immigration – and it’s pretty clear we are – let’s at least be honest and upfront both about what’s going on in America and across the border, and in the wording we use when describing it.

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8 Responses to “Ridiculous QOTD: Conyers urges others to not call illegal immigrants “illegal””


  1. Bud H says:

    I refer to them as criminal foreigners

  2. Neo says:

    “Our citizens are not illegal” but these immigrants are not citizens, they are “illegal” if they are here without permission until Congress decides otherwise.

  3. Drew the Infidel says:

    In order to strike a blow for logic a simple syllogism would work without all the flowery language and waltzing around the truth. To wit:
    –A child born of unmarried parents is called a bastard.
    –Obhammud’s parents were not married.
    Therefore, Obhammud is a bastard.

    See? Simple. The same logic applies to illegal immigrants since legality is not a question of degree. You are either legal or you are not.

  4. Carlos says:

    In other words, Drew, a “citizen” as the result of no marriage by reason of acceptance from the host country is a bastard?

    I could live with that definition.

    And Bud H hits it on the head: Before anything else, they are criminals.

  5. Bastiat Fan says:

    For the politically correct crowd, it’s entirely possible to believe that you can pick up a turd by the clean end. Conyers is a stellar example.

  6. Tom TB says:

    So Conyers doesn’t believe that the same legislative body he supposedly “serves” in has ANY legitimacy? I never called someone who overstayed their student visa, or snuck across the border “illegal”, YOU GUYS DID! So, without you guys doing the job you were sworn to do, illegal becomes something yet to be defined?

  7. Carlos says:

    I believe Dear Leader is a threat to our country because he has designed to be so.

    This idiot, OTOH, is a threat to our country because he is an idiot in a position of leadership and policy-making.

    Both will result in the destruction of our country, but it’ll be a race to see who destroys it first.

    Problem with Conyers’ way of destruction is it can and will last a lot longer than Obhammed’s. Like the famous general once said, “You can’t fix stupid.”

  8. mudguy says:

    No one should call Conyers a Congressman anymore. He is a Undocumented Spokesperson.