Words matter: Those used to describe illegal activity define the crime
The National Pulse headlines its revealing report, “ U.S. Govt Chartered Christmas ‘Ghost Flights’ to Carry Illegal Migrants into Pennsylvania;” It’s a stunning exposé of the Biden administration’s maneuvers to flood the United States with foreign nationals in a concerted effort to permanently transform the political demographics of the United States.
We take exception to one aspect of the report. Although the authors correctly identify Biden’s administration as a “regime,” the misuse of the words “migrant” and “immigrant,” even when coupled with illegal is erroneous and plays directly into the left’s language manipulation. “Immigrant” actually refers to someone who enters the United States legally and applies for naturalized citizenship. We welcome them. Many of our own families followed that identical path. Erroneously referring to illegal invaders as “migrants” or “immigrants” has become the prevailing, though false, terminology of the left.
As we pointed out previously, migrants are best identified by the cliff swallows that annually make the 6,000-mile trip to San Juan Capistrano, California, from Goya, Argentina, and return home. They also do not present a health threat to Americans who are getting inoculated against an often deadly and easily transmitted virus. And while millions of Americans are unemployed, Biden is intent on importing workers to compete for American jobs.
We invite our readers to take just two minutes to become better informed on this topic. Read, “Sorry, but the Accurate Legal Term is ‘Illegal Alien.’“
Hans von Spakovsky, Senior Legal Fellow at the Heritage Foundation is an authority on a wide range of topics — including civil rights, election law, civil justice, the First Amendment and immigration…in all of its manifestations.