Rick William Elkin was born in Pasadena, California,
Nothing makes me crazier than constantly seeing the media, when covering our immigration problems and comments about the people who are crossing our borders illegally with impunity, conflating immigration with illegal immigration. Literally every day I read or hear media references to all 'immigrants' as a monolithic group. I have yet to hear, for example, a single reference to Donald Trump, that doesn't describe his position on illegal immigration as an 'anti immigrant' attitude.
Obviously, this applies to everyone who is determined to enforce our existing immigration laws. We are all being improperly characterized, and I would offer, impugned, by a deliberate distortion of our position and our humanity.
To solve this problem, I suggest we get the language correct. Illegal immigration is not 'immigration' at all!
Immigration is, after all, a legal definition of a security policy. It is entirely regulated activity. It is not the same thing as bird watching, or sightseeing. It is not a social activity.
When someone ignores the law and decides to just walk, ride, crawl or otherwise move themselves into our country, they are trespassers! Once they access our services, they become burglars! This is the correct application of the language, not some Orwellian distortion of a political activity or description of social or cultural identity.
What is the difference between one individual walking into a fenced yard uninvited and a person of a foreign country sneaking into our country? And when that trespasser decides to let themselves into a home that is not theirs, make themselves a sandwich and use the shower, that is burglary!
So, from now on, I suggest American citizens demand that their news media start speaking English. Write and tell them to immediately stop their apparent disregard for the definition of the words and descriptions of events and policies and positions of our leaders.
We cannot function as a free and self governed Nation if we continue to allow the denigration and purposeful redefinition of our language!
Lets call a spade a spade: illegal immigrants = Border Trespassers. Border Trespassers who access public services such as food stamps, health care, public school, or welfare, or even take a job illegally, = Burglary Suspects.
This will make our public discourse much more accurate and dispassionate. This is a security issue all Americans need to be concerned with, so to do anything less would be criminal.