Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Gill: illegal immigrants are criminals and are rightly called "illegal"

"An activist with the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials recently told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that the use of terms like 'illegal alien' and 'illegal immigrant' when referring to people who have come into the U.S. illegally is offensive to Latinos and Hispanics and is comparable to using the 'N-word' when referring to blacks. Others claim that the terms are dehumanizing, degrading and derogatory."

"Actually, the only 'de-' word that should be applied to them is 'de-'ported."

"It is important to recognize that all illegal aliens are criminals. They come into the country illegally; they stay in the country illegally; most work in the country illegally; and millions break numerous laws to fraudulently obtain documents that help them continue to stay and/or work in this country illegally."

"One hundred percent of them are criminals. To refer to them as anything but illegal is to diminish and deny the truth."

"Aggressive enforcement of our laws should not be limited to those who live and work here illegally but should extend to those who break the law in hiring them as well. Individuals and companies who employ illegal aliens to reap additional profits by paying low wages are not undocumented employers. They, too, are criminals and should be treated as such."

Nashville City Paper

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