Nestled into President Obama's soaring rhetoric in his State of the Union address Tuesday night were these words:
One last point about education. Today, there are hundreds of thousands of students excelling in our schools who are not American citizens. Some are the children of undocumented workers, who had nothing to do with the actions of their parents....
Now, I strongly believe that we should take on, once and for all, the issue of illegal immigration. And I am prepared to work with Republicans and Democrats to protect our borders, enforce our laws and address the millions of undocumented workers who are now living in the shadows.
Of course, "illegal alien" use to be the technical term, but the PC Police have so vilified that label that it sounds harsh now. Politicians, pundits, and yes, news publications have opted in recent years for the much softer sounding "undocumented workers."
However, the name change is just crafty political spin. Are undocumented workers here really undocumented? No, many of them have fraudulent or stolen documentation. Are undocumented workers really workers? Many of them are, but many of them aren't.
Many undocumented workers, then, are neither undocumented nor working. But the Left wants you to think that every one here illegally is a hard-working person who just happens not to have documentation.
There is a more accurate phrase for these people to encompass the ones that are hardworking and documented, but also those that have fraudulent documentation and aren't working.
One hundred percent of them are here illegally and are aliens from another country. That's a much better phrase to use then the political left's misleading "undocumented workers."
So when I read this in the Star about Elton Gallegly's reaction
to the the president's speech, you can imagine what I thought about it:
"What do we do with the 20 million (undocumented workers) that are here already and are taking American jobs?"
The parenthetical phrase obviously is an editorial addition to Rep. Gallegly's statement. The article continues:
Obama also made the case that children of undocumented workers should be allowed to attend school in this country.
In the Star's defense, it did use the label "illegal immigrants" later in the article, which is a fair term.
But it shouldn't let itself be bullied by the PC Police who want to engineer the reportage of news stories regarding illegal aliens to pave the way for a pathway to citizenship. That's a controversial topic, and the Star shouldn't use one side's preferred language when reporting on it.