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?


ImageThe New York Times reported on Sunday that immigration activists, sensing that a path to citizenship is near,  are asking the Obama administration to slow deportations, claiming that many deportees have done nothing wrong except enter the U.S. illegally.

Obama administration officials beg to differ with the pro-immigration advocates.

Administration officials insist that the government has worked hard over the last four years to make deporting criminals the top priority, while allowing law enforcement officers more discretion on deciding whom to send home. They say the perception of a huge crackdown is erroneous and misleading.

“We focused on smart, effective enforcement that prioritizes the removal of criminal aliens, recent border crossers and egregious immigration law violators,” said Matthew Chandler, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security.

But those claims are disputed by immigrant activists, who say that many of those being deported have done nothing wrong except to enter the country illegally. Since 2010, the government has deported more than 200,000 parents of children who are United States citizens, according to a recent report.

Yes, they actually said that those being deported haven’t done anything wrong except break the law by entering illegally and that they shouldn’t be deported for doing so.

Activists are trying to gain sympathy by playing the child card- but if they hadn’t broken the law in the first place, those children would still be with their parents.  Also there is no mention of illegal aliens who come to the U.S. with the express purpose of making sure that their children are born here, so that they will automatically be citizens, in the hope that the government won’t separate them.  The children are both victims and pawns.

Even though the deportations are occurring at a rate far higher than under the Bush administration, they are still a drop in the bucket compared to the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants that still remain in the U.S.   But some deportations for breaking the law is still better than no deportations and the Obama administration deserves credit for taking action even though it is unpopular with a segment of their constituency.