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
The University of Maryland is trying to take political
correctness to the next level. Recently, CampusReform.org 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
"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
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.