An illegal immigrant by any other name … is still illegal

Friday, January 25, 2013
Chad Groening (

A public interest group that pushes for tougher immigration enforcement says the University of Maryland is using a propaganda campaign to try to eliminate use of the term "illegal alien" on campus.

The University of Maryland is trying to take political correctness to the next level. Recently, reported that the school allocated $15,000 in 2012 to revise language deemed by its administrators to be "insensitive." One of the targeted terms is "illegal alien," which the school believes should be replaced by "undocumented citizen." The poster campaign is aimed at trying to foster an environment on campus that is not offensive to illegal immigrants, homosexuals and other minority groups.

Ira Mehlman, spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, says illegal aliens are what they are, no matter what name they are given. 

Mehlman, Ira (Federation for American Immigration Reform)"I think that they say the preferred term is 'undocumented citizen,' which is kind of a contradiction in terms because if you're here illegally, you can't be a citizen," he points out.

"I think the American public has limits on its ability to swallow these sorts of politically correct terms. Illegal aliens are what they are. They are here illegally, so they are illegal aliens. That is a legal definition."

Mehlman says using propaganda to control language is ultimately intended to control thought. 

"Propaganda entails controlling language," he adds. "You go back through history, demagogues have traditionally tried to control thought through the language that is used. And if you can define somebody who is here illegally as an undocumented citizen, that's one way to get people to look at things a whole lot differently." 

Mehlman says universities have traditionally been a bastion for political correctness and that no one should be surprised that this propaganda campaign is going on.

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