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Last week the undergraduate student government  at UCLA unanimously passed a resolution that bans the word “illegal” to describe undocumented individuals.

The “Drop the I-Word” resolution as it is called, came about in part due to some students’ concerns about incoming University of California Janet Napolitano’s history of deporting illegal immigrants during her tenure as the  Homeland Security Secretary.

 … the use of the term illegals (the “I-word”) and its derivatives when referring to people dehumanizes and divides communities, contributing to punitive and discriminatory actions aimed primarily at immigrants and communities of color…

No calling a spade a spade here.

… we are aware that certain racially derogatory language used in media, political discourse and other institutional settings has historically bolstered the foundation for racially harmful actions, including racial profiling practices, punitive policies targeting socially marginalized groups, hate crimes and violence …

The resolution also calls for campus partners, journalists and media organizations to refrain  from using the word “illegal” when referring to undocumented individuals.

Heaven forbid we should call people who are in the U.S. “illegal” and risk hurting their feelings.

What ever happened to obeying the law?

 

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