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Originally posted by valkeryie
Now it seems this will last longer than the year he mentioned in his speech.
"This initial commitment of Guard members would last for a period of one year.
This initial commitment of Guard members would last for a period of one year. After that, the number of Guard forces will be reduced as new Border Patrol agents and new technologies come online.
I would most likely feel the strongest if they were young children, tho, or the elderly.
But for you to ask whether I would feel differently if they were one race vs another is not something I would expect you to ask, WO. There is too much effort here trying to make this a racial issue, when it is not. Some people keep yelling "Racism! Racism!" because they have no other argument that can be defended. It's been tried in other threads, and soundly rejected there also.
Well, some people take the risk of wearing a label. But that is of their choosing. In the case of illegal immigrants, their own gov't is at least as much at fault.
Originally posted by WyrdeOne
But we're talking about militarizing the border, and stepping up enforcement, and my point is that we need to excercise caution in forming judgements about people based on the labels applied to them by the media.
Illegals wear that label through choice as well.
Yes Yes I know the, "they are looking for a better life, they have no choice" arguments
Come on now...someone answer me why am I searched at the airport, yet it is OK for the Illegal Aliens to walk across as they wish????
Originally posted by xpert11
Given that Bush has been in power for six years this smacks of a political stunt to boost low poll ratings. I dont understand the American mind set . Americans are parnoid about the government going bad (hasnt it alreadly ? ) and yet many of these people over look the invasion of illegal aliens.
* Ten percent of Mexicans now live in the United States.
# Fifteen percent of the Mexican workforce lives in the U.S.
# One in every 7 Mexican workers "migrates" to the U.S.
# Mexicans make up 56% of what the Chronicle refers to as the "unauthorized U.S. migrant population." I'll translate: Mexicans make up 56% of illegal aliens in the U.S.
# There are some Mexican communities that have almost no workers left. They've gone to the U.S.
# Mexicans in the U.S. send about $20 billion a year back to their homes in Mexico. This amount exceeds Mexico's income from all oil exports and is much higher than Mexico's revenue from tourism.
# The $20 billion that Mexicans send back home exceeds the entire foreign aid budget of the United States.
# In five Mexican states the money sent home by those who have invaded the United States exceeds total locally generated income.
NAHJ Urges News Media to Stop Using Dehumanizing Terms When Covering Immigration
NAHJ is concerned with the increasing use of pejorative terms to describe the estimated 11 million undocumented people living in the United States. NAHJ is particularly troubled with the growing trend of the news media to use the word, illegals, as a noun, shorthand for "illegal aliens". Using the word in this way is grammatically incorrect and crosses the line by criminalizing the person, not the action they are purported to have committed. NAHJ calls on the media to never use illegals in headlines.
Shortening the term in this way also stereotypes undocumented people who are in the United States as having committed a crime. Under current U.S. immigration law, being an undocumented immigrant is not a crime, it is a civil violation. Furthermore, an estimated 40 percent of all undocumented people living in the U.S. are visa overstayers, meaning they did not illegally cross the U.S. border.
In addition, the association has always denounced the use of the degrading terms alien and illegal alien to describe undocumented immigrants because it casts them as adverse, strange beings, inhuman outsiders who come to the U.S. with questionable motivations. Aliens is a bureaucratic term that should be avoided unless used in a quote.
Post details: NABJ Cautions Media Over Language Use in Immigration Debate
According to the U.S. Census, more than three million of the suspected 12-15 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. come from countries outside Mexico and Latin America, including Russia, Poland, Ireland, China, India and Canada.
At the 1994 Unity convention, the four minority journalism groups -- NABJ, NAHJ, the Asian American Journalists Association and the Native American Journalists Association -- issued a joint statement on the term "illegal aliens": "Except in direct quotations, do not use the phrase illegal alien or the word alien, in copy or in headlines, to refer to citizens of a foreign country who have come to the U.S. with no documents to show that they are legally entitled to visit, work or live here. Such terms are considered pejorative not only by those to whom they are applied but by many people of the same ethnic and national backgrounds who are in the U.S. legally."
George Lakoff, a linguistics professor at the University of California at Berkeley was quoted in the New York Times recently: "Metaphors repeated often enough eventually become part of your physical brain," he said. "Use the word 'illegal' often enough, which suggests criminal, which suggests immoral, and you have framed the issue of immigration to a remarkable degree."