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California, The Rhetoric Of Illegal Immigration, And The Perils Of Ignoring Thucydides’s Warning

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California, The Rhetoric Of Illegal Immigration, And The Perils Of Ignoring Thucydides’s Warning

by Victor Davis Hanson

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Vocabulary changes always reflect the agendas of a political debate.

The fight over illegal immigration plays out by altering words and their meanings. Take the traditional rubric “illegal alien.” The English has been clear and exact for nearly a century: illegal alien (cf. Latin alienus) was a descriptive term for any foreigner who crossed the US border without coming through customs to obtain proper legal sanction.

Illegal alien, then, was a politically neutral, exact, and descriptive term: one used by both the Supreme Court and Internal Revenue Service.

But open-borders advocates did not like the adjective and noun because they accurately emphasized both illegality and the foreignness of those arriving into the United States from another country.

What followed was a slow Orwellian devolution. Illegal alien initially was reinvented as “undocumented alien,” as if the violation became one of simply forgetting (rather than never having) one’s supposed legal documents at home. But the noun “alien” still implied arrivals were somehow separate from US citizens by virtue of their illegal resident status. So next the noun changed to immigrant, as if undocumented immigrant gave the impression that forgetful visitors had just strayed innocently across the border.    :snip: 

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To Do Operation Wetback, Eisenhower Didn’t Need To Pass Any Laws. Neither Would Trump

James Fulford 
August 22, 2015, 1:02 pm

Below, Patrick Cleburne posted on the history of Operation Wetback, saying that Eisenhower had the political will do actually deport people. That gives me an opportunity to recycle something I first noted in 2006, when I had the opportunity to speak to former Border Patrolman Bob Park, who as a young Border Patrolman took part in Operation Wetback, in 1954. He pointed out that Eisenhower didn`t have to pass any laws.

Being an illegal alien was already illegal. All it took was for the President of the United States to decide that something should be done, and then do it.   :snip: http://www.vdare.com/posts/to-do-operation-wetback-eisenhower-didnt-need-to-pass-any-laws-neither-would-trump

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So only count 75% of the total votes next election

Posted on 01/15/2018 by Wirecutter

The Election Integrity Project California provides a list of 11 California counties that have more registered voters than voting-age citizens.

In addition, Los Angeles County officials informed the project that “the number of registered voters now stands at a number that is a whopping 144% of the total number of resident citizens of voting age.”
MORE     :snip:  

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