Immigration and the ?Name Game?

Hi Gang:
Words have impact.
Carefully selected words can have a profound impact on the way that people perceive an issue.  
Propaganda in part depends on the artful use of language to achieve a political result.  While Social Security is commonly referred to as the “Third Rail of Politics,” in my opinion there is a third rail that has far greater voltage than Social Security.  That issue is Immigration.
Those who oppose border security and effective enforcement of the immigration laws, people I have come to refer to as “Immigration Anarchists” have, for decades, been doing everything they could to spew falsehoods and accusations to achieve their pernicious goals.  One of their key weapons in this battle is the war of words- using deceptive language to create false impressions among the majority of American citizens and especially America’s political leaders.
Today my commentary focuses on this effort that has been, incredibly, ratcheted up another notch according to a Huffington Post article- you have to see this one to believe it! 
I wrote my most recent commentary for the CAPS (Californians for Population Stabilization) website about this new development in the use of words that could have appeared in George Orwell’s 1984 under the subtitle of “Newspeak!”
My article for CAPS was posted on October 16, 2012 and was entitled, “Immigration and the Name Game.”
It addressed this newest effort to obfuscate the truth through the use of deceptive language.  This tactic is a component of the age old tactic of “Propaganda.”
The dictionary that is included in the software package provided in Apple computers provides the following definition for the term “Propaganda:”
propaganda |?präp??gand?|nounchiefly derogatory information, esp. of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view he was charged with distributing enemy propaganda.• the dissemination of such information as a political strategy the party’s leaders believed that a long period of education and propaganda would be necessary .
Here is how the term “propaganda” is explained in that dictionary:

Propaganda is a form of communication that is aimed at influencing the attitude of a community toward some cause or position by presenting only one side of an argument. Propaganda is usually repeated and dispersed over a wide variety of media in order to create the chosen result in audience attitudes.
As opposed to impartially providing informationpropagandain its most basic sense, presents information primarily to influence an audience. Propaganda often presents facts selectively (thus possibly lying by omission) to encourage a particular synthesis, or uses loaded messages to produce an emotional rather than rational response to the information presented. The desired result is a change of the attitude toward the subject in the target audience to further a political or religious agenda. Propaganda can be used as a form of political warfare.
While the term propaganda has justifiably acquired a strongly negative connotation by association with its most manipulative and jingoisticexamples (e.g. Nazi Propaganda used to justify the Holocaust), propaganda in its original sense was neutral, and could refer to uses that were generally benign or innocuous, such as public health recommendations, signs encouraging citizens to participate in a census or election, or messages encouraging persons to report crimes to the police, among others.

Going back to the Carter Administration, efforts were begun to eradicate the term “Alien” from the vernacular of the employees of no less a government agency than the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)!  Give that some thought- the INS was the primary agency charged with the enforcement and administration of the immigration laws of the United States- laws that predominantly dealt with foreign nationals who were present in, or seeking to enter the United States!  
The objective was apparently to blur the distinction as to what it is to be a citizen of the United States or to be an alien.  In fact, it was also apparently intended to blur the distinction between aliens who were legally present in the United States as compared with aliens who were illegally present.
Employees of the INS, back then, were threatened with adverse actions being taken against them if they dared to use the term “illegal alien” to describe an alien who was illegally present in the United States!  At first we were instructed to use the preferred term “Undocumented Alien” and then, in a matter of weeks we were instructed to drop the term alien altogether and refer to these folks as “Undocumented Workers!”
My colleagues and I were infuriated by this lunacy and I decided to have a bit of fun with it as a way of venting my frustration and anger.  I took to the tactic of referring to such individuals as being “Pre-Citizens!”  That term caught on!  One day I received a phone call from a Border Patrol agent on the Mexican border who called our office requesting that we attempt to track down an immigration file relating to a “Pre-Citizen” that he and his partner had just apprehended!  On that day I had the idea that my humor was spreading across the United States!
I recall that when I appeared on a radio program a number of years ago, I came up with a list of deceptive terms to obfuscate the truth.  I suggested that perhaps drunk drivers were being labeled unfairly and so we should henceforth refer to drunk drivers as being “Sobriety challenged motorists!”
Similarly I suggested that rapists could be referred to as “Over-eager suitors!”  Drug dealers could be called, “Unlicensed pharmacists!”
Finally, I suggested that bank robbers could be labeled as “individuals making unauthorized withdrawals!” 
The young lady who hosted that program laughed as did some of her listeners who called in that day- but the reality is that deceptive language used to obfuscate one of the greatest challenges and threats that confront the United States is hardly something to laught about!
Now the Immigration Anarchists are at it again!  Check out my article below and see the chutzpah behind the new attempt at the use of “Newspeak” in the wacky world of Immigration!  (File it under, “You cannot make this stuff up!”)
Immigration is not a single issue but a singular issue that impacts nearly every challenge and threat confronting the United States today!

If our government’s failures to protect American jobs by securing our nation’s borders and effectively enforcing our immigration laws concerns you or especially if it angers you, I ask you to call your Senators and Congressional “Representative. This is not only your right- it is

your obligation! 

All I ask is that you make it clear to our politicians that we are not as dumb as they hope we are!

We live in a perilous world and in a perilous era. The survival of our nation and the lives of our citizens hang in the balance.

This is neither a Conservative issue, nor is it a Liberal issue- simply stated, this is most certainly an AMERICAN issue!

You are either part of the solution or you are a part of the problem!

Democracy is not a spectator sport!

Lead, follow or get out of the way!

-michael cutler- 

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Immigration and the “Name Game”

We are all familiar with the question William Shakespeare posed centuries ago when he asked, “What’s in a name?”

While the tactic of “name calling” is certainly wrong, the use of accurate terminology is at the basis of reason and honesty.

On October 8, 2012 the Huffington Post ran a story about how the Spanish language news organizations are “upping the ante” where terminology concerning immigration was concerned in an article that was entitled, ‘Illegal Immigrant’ Debate: Univision Takes On The New York Times.

The issue was that the New York Times, a newspaper that has hardly been identified as taking a hard line against illegal immigration, continues to use the term “illegal immigrant” rather than the more obscure term “undocumented.”  The article made it appear that the issue of illegal immigration is about race — linking demands for name in terminology to the Latino community and Spanish language media.  However, the immigration laws of the United States make no distinction about people by race, religion or ethnicity and only make the distinction of whether or not and individual is a citizen of the United States.

That the majority of illegal aliens who are present in the United States are from Latin America is a result of geography — the fact that the U.S/Mexican border is the only place on the planet where the Third World collides with the First World.  Aliens from the Eastern Hemisphere are separated from the United States by vast oceans and for them travel to the United States is more difficult than it is for citizens of Mexico who simply need to head north and run the border.  However, there are millions of illegal aliens from countries across the globe who are present in the United States.  Many of these illegal aliens violated the terms of their admission into the United States while others managed to make their way to Mexico or Canada and then ran the border.

It is remarkable that those who oppose the enforcement of America’s immigration laws and vilify anyone who would use the term “Alien” are themselves, quick to engage in name calling and brand anyone who wants those laws enforced as bigots, racists, xenophobes or nativists!

The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) is the all-inclusive body of law that pertains to the entry and continued presence of aliens in the United States.  It also sets forth the grounds for excluding or for deporting aliens who violate the immigration laws.

The INA begins by establishing definitions.  This is commonly done in all areas of law.  For example, if an individual is to be charged with a violation law such as firearms law or narcotics law, the first issue is to define what a firearm or narcotic substance is.

For the purposes of immigration it is important to establish terms that provide clarity.  The term “Alien” is defined in Section 101 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which contains a list of essential terms, as simply being “Any person not a citizen or national of the United States.”

The term “alien” appears frequently throughout the Immigration and Nationality Act because those very laws deal with foreign nationals- (aliens)!  The only time that the immigration laws are of relevance or concern to United States citizens is if and when a citizen of the United States hires an alien, marries and alien or is engaged to marry an alien or otherwise interacts with an alien.

There is absolutely nothing in that definition that insults or denigrates anyone.  In point of fact, when Americans enter into other countries, they become “aliens” in those countries.

The Immigration and Nationality Act was enacted to achieve two primary goals; to protect American lives and protect the jobs of American workers.  In conjunction with these goals the INA mandates that any individual who desires to enter the United States must do so at a designated port of entry so that the person can be interviewed by an appropriate government official (a Customs and Border Protection Inspector).  This requirement is to be found in Title 8, United States Code, Section 1225.

Similarly, the INA provides a list of categories of aliens who may not be admitted into the United States.  That list can be found in Title 8, United States Code, Section 1182 or in the companion section of the INA, Section 212.  This section of law includes aliens who suffer dangerous communicable diseases, suffer mental illness and are prone to violence, aliens who are convicted felons, members of violent gangs, are engaged in human trafficking, narcotics smuggling, human rights violators, war criminals, spies and terrorists.  Aliens who would seek to work in violation of law are also deemed excludible.

For those opponents of border security, immigration law enforcement and accuracy in the use of language to further their agenda, I would remind them that the Online Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the term Illegal thus:

“…not according to or authorized by law: unlawfulillicitalso: not sanctioned by official rules (as of a game)”

It is clearly a violation of law to evade the inspections process designed to protect American lives and jobs.  Generally violations of laws are properly referred to as being illegal.

The first step in problem solving is to accurately identify the problem.  That process has to begin with honesty — honesty to be found in the use of clear, accurate and honest language.

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