Agreeing on the language

Agreeing on the language

Whatever your particular viewpoint on the debate over immigration reform, what’s really annoying is the torturing of the English language. No longer do words mean things. Instead their meanings can be ignored. For example, try to parse this sentence (emphasis added):

Many of the 500,000 people who crammed downtown Los Angeles on Saturday to protest legislation that would make criminals out of illegal immigrants learned where, when and even how to demonstrate from the Spanish-language media.

A criminal is someone who breaks the law. An illegal act is one in which the law is broken. A=B=C. Thus an illegal immigrant is a criminal.

Yes, it sounds harsh to call all those people just yearning to breath free and make a buck criminals, but let’s be honest. They’re in this country illegally. If we’re going to address this problem, we have to be honest about what the problem is. And no, using the politically correct term “guest worker” is not being honest.

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Domenico Bettinelli