What’s in a Name

Common sense and history tell you that rewarding illegal behavior will only encourage more of it.
Ric Keller—politician

What is in a name? Would not a rose, by any other name, smell as sweet? What IS in a name? Let us try “Illegal Alien.” Illegal alien brings forth a vision of a very unsavory individual: a criminal or someone who wants to commit a crime.

How about the name, “Undocumented immigrant?” One must stop and think about that. To me, it brings to mind the court scene in My Cousin Vinny, where Joe Pesci’s character uses the word “utes” (it is the way “youths” came out with Vinny’s Brookline accent). Fred Gwynne, in the roll of Judge Chamberlain Haller, asked, “What’s a ute?” A good question, a good question indeed. What’s an undocumented immigrant? Is it a legal immigrant who lost his immigration papers, passport or visa? Perhaps one without a birth certificate; a birth certificate is a pretty important document. A driver’s license? Maybe it is just a politically correct way to muddy the water and avoid saying illegal alien.

Along with undocumented immigrant, we also have undocumented worker, and I have even seen undocumented citizens used. Strange thing, they all mean the same thing: illegal alien, someone who broke the law by entering this country through means other than normal immigration channels.

Anyone who has been paying attention since Ronald Regan’s 1986 one-time amnesty act for 3 million illegal aliens and Bill Clinton’s Immigration Act of 1990 might notice they have one thing in common. They did not work. Why? Because they reward illegal behavior. Regan’s bill eventually ended up giving amnesty, and citizenship, to about 1.3 million illegals and encouraged millions of additional breaches of our border. Clinton’s act effectively decriminalized the illegal entry into the United States by creating a new status of “unlawfully present” unless the illegal alien commits a criminal act once on American soil.

A resent Rasmussen poll http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/immigration/voters_have_mixed_feelings_about_legalizing_young_people_brought_here_illegally reveals seventy-six percent (76%) of likely voters say adults who enter the United States illegally should be considered lawbreakers. Fifty-eight percent (58%) of Americans oppose automatic citizenship for a child born in this country to an illegal immigrant. 65% say securing the borders is more important than legislation to legalize illegal immigrants.

So what are the Democrats worried about in the lame-duck session of congress? They are trying to pass the Dream Act allowing minors, who entered or were brought into the United States illegally, to become citizens if they serve two years in the military service or go to college for at least two years. More of the same-old, same-old, they did not learn a thing in the last election. Reward the lawbreakers so that others will be encouraged to do the same thing. What is the disconnect between Democrat politician thinking and that of the voting population? What does it take to get them to listen?

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