From: Richard Munro [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, April 27, 2012 6:00 PM
Subject: Re: Illegal Alien, the I-word?
Date: Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 5:20 PM
Subject: Re: Illegal Alien
I have been a teacher of immigrant students for more than 25 years. I
often refer to them as "orphans of Empire." I think we should be
hospitable and Good Neighbors, particularly to the young and innocent.
I think it is wrong to call people "illegals" or "enemy aliens" or
"criminal aliens" and we may choose to call them "undocumentend
persons" if we like but "illegal allien" ("alleged illegal alien") is
not a racist term. It is a legal term. The so-called "I word" , if
used properly as you do, is not a derrogatory word equivalent to the
N-word. We should never accuse people falsely of things of which we
have no certain knowledge. But we should not fear to refer to a
class of people by their legal status. Instead we should try to
resolve our problem with immigrantion in a rational and humane way.
Reasonsble people can agree it is a national security question as much
as it is a human rights issue. We solve nothing by the PC demonizing
of opposing points of view.
Richard K. Munro,MA
Teacher of English, Spanish and history
Bakersfield, CA 93311