Banning The Term “Illegal Alien” In Florida?

In Tennessee, a pro-illegal alien state legislator is trying to put the force of law behind political correctness:

“Bill would mandate nicer term for illegals

A state legislator whose district is home to thousands of Caribbean immigrants wants to ban the term “illegal alien” from the state’s official documents.

“I personally find the word ‘alien’ offensive when applied to individuals, especially to children,” said Sen. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami. “An alien to me is someone from out of space.”

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She has introduced a bill providing that: “A state agency or official may not use the term ‘illegal alien’ in an official document of the state.” There would be no penalty for using the words.

In Miami-Dade County, Wilson said, “we don’t say ‘alien,’ we say ‘immigrant.'”

“Immigrant” might be a “nicer” term for “illegal alien,” but of course, “house guest” would also be a “nicer” word for burglar. However, in both cases, the nicer word is a less accurate description.

You’ve also got to love the, “Do it for the children,” justification for this. Why, we can’t call children who are illegal aliens, “illegal aliens.” How would it make them feel?

But, even that’s topped by Wilson saying, “An alien to me is someone from out of space.” Well, I guess everyone else will have to suffer because of Frederica’s limited vocabulary. It doesn’t matter that if you go to the dictionary, the first definition of alien is,

“a resident born in or belonging to another country who has not acquired citizenship by naturalization (distinguished from citizen).”

Fredrica apparently isn’t familiar with that term and can’t be bothered to look it up, so we need to write a law.

Of course, a big part of the reason Wilson wants to do this is because advocates of illegal immigration love to blur the line between “immigrants” and an “illegal immigrant,” even though there is a world of difference between someone who is in the country legally and someone who snuck across the border in the middle of the night. In fact, referring to someone who is here illegally as an “immigrant” is intentionally deceptive. He’s no more an immigrant than someone trespassing on your property is a, “visitor.”

So hopefully, this frivolous bill won’t go anywhere, although if Floridians are lucky, Wilson will be going somewhere the next time she’s up for reelection: back to the private sector.

Hat tip to Michelle Malkin for the story.

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