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SPJ campaign to eliminate term “illegal immigrant”

Leo E. Laurence, a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Diversity Committee, recently reported the Committee had “decided to engage in a yearlong educational campaign designed to inform and sensitize journalists as to the best language to use when writing and reporting on people of different cultures and backgrounds.” The “best language to use” refers to the use of the term “illegal immigrant,” which Laurence says the Committee opposes. Since news of the campaign broke, SPJ has prefaced Laurence’s article with the following:

CLARIFICATION: The following article is an opinion piece and does not reflect the views of SPJ, its membership or its Diversity Committee. The committee itself has taken no official initiative on the use of the phrase “illegal immigrant.”

Though the organization is now trying to clarify Laurence’s article as an “opinion piece,” the author quotes committee chairman George Daniels’ email announcing the planned educational re-education campaign. He further quotes Daniels seeming to anticipate and deflect criticism that would arise, claiming the campaign is “not about being politically correct.” Instead Daniels says the campaign intends to “minimize harm” by utilizing sensitivity to other cultures in their reporting. But it’s hard to get the genie back in the bottle.

Daniels is probably telling the truth when he says this isn’t about being politically correct. More likely, it’s a conscious effort to re-educate not only journalist, but consumers of news as well. SPJ’s real intent is more likely to change Americans’ attitudes toward illegal immigration by using softer, gentler language to describe the criminals. The Diversity Committee has decided that journalists’ have a duty to shape Americans’ psyche rather than report the news.

The SPJ campaign flies in the face of the accepted journalistic standard on the topic found in the Associated Press stylebook. The AP stands by its standard recommendation that journalists use the term “illegal immigrant.” The Daily Caller reports AP’s Deputy Standards Editor David Minthorn responded, “Together, the terms [illegal + immigrant] describe a person who resides in a country unlawfully by residency or citizenship requirements. Alternatives like undocumented worker, illegal alien or illegals lack precision or may have negative connotations. Illegal immigrant, on the other hand, is accurate and neutral for news stories.”

Laurence’s response to Minthorn’s defense of its standard, “The Associated Press is wrong. Their stylebook is wrong. It is not consistent with the Constitution.”

Laurence believes the US Constitution mandates journalists make the adjustment and stop using the term “illegal” in favor of the more benign “undocumented.” Noting that all are presumed innocent until proven guilty he declares, “Simply put, only a judge, not a journalist, can say that someone is an illegal.” The problem here is that a news article describing illegal activity as illegal activity is not the same as convicting someone of a criminal offense. The constitutional argument Laurence puts forth is only valid within the US legal system, and not applicable in any sense to journalists and their reporting. If it were, reporters should stop calling kidnappers, murderers, rapists, child abusers, thieves, and every other kind of criminal by the name of their crime.

Jehmu Greene, former director of the Women’s Media Center, agrees with Laurence’s assertion and the SPJ campaign to stamp out the use of the “illegal immigrant” label. She even goes so far as to state that use of the term is “increasing violence against immigrants.” When asked by Fox News host Megan Kelly to provide evidence of her claim, Greene was unable to provide any. Instead, she launched into an obfuscatory narrative about language changing the way people “look at different communities.”

The simple fact is the Society of Professional Journalists Diversity Committee is launching a campaign to change the way illegal immigration is reported in an effort to prevent American citizens and legal immigrants from recognizing the criminal nature of their entry into the United States. Brad Blakeman, former assistant to President Bush, goes so far as to declare the real intent behind this campaign to achieve amnesty for the estimated 12 million illegal aliens in the country today. That sounds more likely.

The liberal left want amnesty as a means of securing 12 million more voters to support their agenda to destroy this country. The motivation for this campaign may not be political correctness, but it is most certainly political.

Earlier this month, US Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry was killed in a shootout along the Arizona-Mexico border. A study by the Federation for American Immigration Reform found last summer that illegal immigration costs the US approximately $113 billion per year. According to the study, the costs of illegal immigration to the state of Texas is equal to its budget deficit, and the costs to the states of New York and California exceed their respective budget deficits.

The SPJ campaign to eradicate the use of the term “illegal immigrant” seeks to cover up these problems and gloss over the negative impact of their crimes on our society. Politics, pure and simple.

We will continue to use the AP approved, accepted, and accurate term “illegal immigrant” to describe immigrants who break our laws to enter this country.


Tags: Illegal Immigration, Illegal Immigrants, Undocumented Immigrants, Associated Press, SPJ, Society of Professional Journalists, Political Correctness, Liberal, Journalism, Constitution, Press

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December 31, 2010 Posted by | Immigration | 2 Comments

Why are Mexican drones flying over US territory?

In El Paso, Texas yesterday, a Mexican military drone fell from the sky. The big question is, “Why are Mexican military aircraft patrolling US airspace?” The rampant corruption in that country’s government and military, coupled with the ongoing drug war on the border and unfettered illegal immigration lead the suspect mind to wonder–Are US military aid dollars funding operations to infiltrate our own country?

Last year it was reported that Mexican President Felipe Calderon had asked President Obama for armed drones to help his country track down and kill leaders of the drug cartel. On Calderon’s watch, over 30,000 have died due to drug violence according to Mexico’s attorney general Arturo Chavez.

For years, the US military has used the drones in the Afghan and Iraq wars to attack insurgent targets. But the drones have also been used extensively to gather intelligence on reconnaissance missions in those wars. Most Americans would likely have no problem with supplying these vehicles to help the Mexican government battle the vicious drug lords, but those missions would take place south of the border. But reconnaissance missions on our side could indicate the drones are now being used to aid criminals infiltrating the US with illicit drugs and/or illegal immigrants.

There have been numerous reports over the last several years of Mexican military units interfering with US Border Patrol operations. Earlier this year, border patrol agents reported taking fire from a Mexican military unit that crossed the border in New Mexico. According to a union official for border patrol agents, the Juarez drug cartel had offered a $200,000 bounty on US Border Patrol agents.

In 2003, a group of civilian volunteer border watchers reported that a squad of Mexican soldiers fired on their position. Tom Tancredo, then a US Representative from Colorado speculated such incursions into US territory were intended to support and facilitate the movement of illegal drugs and aliens into the country.

Unmanned drones, in the hands of corrupt Mexican military officials bought by cartel drug money, could easily be used to search intended border crossings for border patrol or police presence. Yesterday’s crash raises suspicion that this may indeed be taking place.

“We are collecting data about the crash. We don’t have the aircraft because it was returned to its owner,” said Keith Holloway, spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates aircraft crashes in the United States and in other countries that request its help.

It may be difficult to prove any such allegation because the drone was immediately returned to the Mexican military before any investigation could be conducted. El Paso Police Detective Mike Baranyay said he received a report of the crashed aircraft but his department was told “it was not a police matter.” The US Border Patrol and the Department of Homeland Security refused to comment on why the drone was returned to Mexico before an investigation was conducted.

Mexican government and military officials have a well-documented history of corruption and collaboration with the drug cartels and supporting illegal immigration. This history makes it easy to infer such corruption and collaboration may well have been at work in this incident. We supplied Mexico with these drones to fight the drug war. If the Mexican military and/or government is turning these weapons against us, it’s time we begin to look at our neighbor to the south as more of an enemy than a friend.


Tags: Border, Mexico, Border Patrol, El Paso, Drug War, Illegal Immigration, Drone, Drones, Military, Drug Cartel

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December 17, 2010 Posted by | Immigration | Leave a comment

Court Strikes Down Key Parts of SB 1070

Originally posted at Blogs 4 Borders

Arizona’s much maligned SB 1070 was set to take effect at midnight tonight, but a federal judge today ordered key components of the state’s attempt to protect itself from the violence and fiscal strain caused by the influx of illegal aliens crossing the southern border.

Though several components of the law were upheld and will be allowed to take effect, an injunction was issued to prevent the most controversial measures’ implementation.

Section 2, subsection (b) of the law required state law enforcement officers to make a reasonable attempt to verify a person’s immigration status if:

  • A lawful stop, detention, or arrest occurred;
  • Reasonable suspicion existed that the person was an illegal alien; and
  • Such an attempt was practical;

The order does not specifically prevent an officer from checking a suspected illegal alien’s status, but blocks the requirement that an officer do so. Some legal experts speculate the striking of this section will expose any law enforcement agencies and officers who attempt verification to lawsuits. These experts predict the likelihood of litigation will effectively prevent attempts to verify the legal status of immigrants by state law enforcement. Section 3, part (a) of SB 1070 would have made any illegal alien guilty of “willful failure to complete or carry an alien registration document” if was in violation of 8 USC 1304e or 1306a. This is the section opponents said would require all Arizonans to “carry their papers.” What they refused to acknowledge, and the wording of Judge Bolton’s order obfuscates, is all immigrants/aliens over 18 years old are already required to apply for and carry documentation of their legal status according to federal law.

8 USC 1304e

Every alien, eighteen years of age and over, shall at all times carry with him and have in his personal possession any certificate of alien registration or alien registration receipt card issued to him pursuant to subsection (d) of this section. Any alien who fails to comply with the provisions of this subsection shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall upon conviction for each offense be fined not to exceed $100 or be imprisoned not more than thirty days, or both.

8 USC 1306a

Willful failure to register Any alien required to apply for registration and to be fingerprinted in the United States who willfully fails or refuses to make such application or to be fingerprinted, and any parent or legal guardian required to apply for the registration of any alien who willfully fails or refuses to file application for the registration of such alien shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall, upon conviction thereof, be fined not to exceed $1,000 or be imprisoned not more than six months, or both.

It’s important to understand federal law already requires immigrants/aliens to both register for and carry (at all times) immigration documents. Accordingly, to be in violation of section 3, part (a) of SB 1070, a person would have to already be in violation of federal law–a federal law the Obama administration refuses to enforce! Judge Bolton’s enjoining this section effectively guarantees illegal aliens the right to violate federal law with impunity.

Section 5, subsection (c) of SB 1070 would have declared it unlawful for an “unauthorized” alien to seek or perform work in Arizona. An “unauthorized” alien is specifically defined in this section as “AN ALIEN WHO DOES NOT HAVE THE LEGAL RIGHT OR AUTHORIZATION UNDER FEDERAL LAW TO WORK IN THE UNITED STATES AS DESCRIBED IN 8 UNITED STATES CODE SECTION 1324a(h)(3).” Here again, Judge Bolton is guaranteeing illegal aliens the right to violate federal law without fear of punishment.

Section 6, subsection (a), part 5 of SB 1070 would have given Arizona law enforcement officers the authority to arrest a person, without obtaining a warrant, if the officer had probable cause to believe the person had committed an offense that “makes the person removable from the United States.” In other words, if probable cause existed to make the officer believe the person committed some act punishable by deportation, the officer would have authority to detain said individual.

In striking down this section, it appears officers will be required to seek warrants before they arrest an illegal alien who has committed an offense that warrants deportation. Of course, while law enforcement awaits a court order the illegal alien isn’t likely to wait around. He’ll be long gone, and on the loose, before any such warrant is issued.

Though the rest of the law will go into effect tonight, Judge Bolton seems has done the bidding of the Obama administration and other the other left-wing groups who refuse to acknowledge the hardships inflicted on our nation, and especially the border states, by the tide of illegal immigrants streaming over our southern border. Stripping the law of its most potent provisions, Bolton has pulled the teeth of the law the Grand Canyon State hoped would be the guard dog that would protect her borders and her citizens.


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July 28, 2010 Posted by | Immigration | Leave a comment

Ray Stevens–Come to the USA

Like only he can, Ray Stevens illuminates the illegal immigration issue. Enjoy!

*This video and song are dedicated to the hard working American citizens who were born in other countries and chose to “Come to the USA” the right way!


Tags: Immigration, Illegal Immigration, Mexico, Border, Border Security, Ray Stevens, Come to the USA

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May 17, 2010 Posted by | Immigration | 2 Comments

Let’s Talk About the Arizona Law

Yesterday, Dr. Bill Smith, America You Asked For It author and editor of both the ARRA News Service and Blogs For Borders was the featured guest of Silvio Canto, Jr.’s on his Dallas based “Let’s Talk” Internet Radio Show. The topic was “Let’s talk about the Arizona law.”

Of special interest in the conversational mix between Canto and Smith was the fact that Canto and his parents immigrated legally to the United States from Cuba and that Smith and his family had lived in Belgium and the Philippines subject to the laws of those countries. The show focused on border violence, the Arizona Law, the economic issues related to illegal aliens and rising crime, the need for a sane immigration policy, and the failure of the Federal Government to deal with securing the borders and protecting Arizona and other states. The show is archived and can be listened to at Let’s talk about the Arizona law. You can even leave comments about Canto’s “Let’s Talk” shows.


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May 14, 2010 Posted by | Immigration | Leave a comment

This is why we need to close the southern border, NOW

After watching this video, every patriotic US citizen should understand exactly why the new law cracking down on illegal immigration in Arizona was necessary. This recent video, shot at a La Raza rally, demonstrates the absolute idiocy of US policy that fails to protect our borders.

The speaker has been reported to be Mr. Ronald Gochez, a teacher at Santee High School in Los Angeles. Though no photo is available at the school’s website, he is listed as a faculty member in the School of Public Service and Social Justice. His position is listed simply as “social studies teacher.”

Here are just a few of the outlandish quotes from Mr. Gochez’s remarks:

“This is not just about Mexico. This is about a global struggle against imperialism and capitalism.”

“…where we now stand is stolen, occupied Mexico.

“Why is it that these people–these frail, racist, white people, want to keep us out of this country? It’s not because simply the color of our skin. It’s not simply because they just want to exploit us. Let me tell you why. Because on this planet right now are 6 billion people at the forefront of the revolutionary movement is La Raza.”

“We have the long history and example of our Comandante Fidel Castro Ruz, Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales…”

“We have 9 left of center governments in Latin America right now and they know something that one young Argentine called Che Guevara said. It was called the Domino Theory and he knew that every single country would go revolutionary. One after the other, after the other, after the other.”

They know that we will no longer fall to these lies called borders. We know that a Salvadoran and a Guatemalan and Nicaraguans and Mexicano, there’s no damn difference. We are all one people. So with that in mind, we see ourselves–all of us here–as the Northern Front of a Latin American revolutionary movement.”

“There are more than 40 million of our people north of the Rio Grandes (sic). That means to them, there’s 40 million potential revolutionaries north of the border, inside the belly of the beast.”

We are not just a regular culture anymore. We are a culture of revolutionary spirit.

“Our enemy is the same enemy that Hugo Chavez has. Our enemy is the same enemy that keeps Africa poor. Our enemy is the same enemy that keeps Asia poor. Our enemy is Capitalism and Imperialism.”


Tags: Immigration, Illegal Immigration, Arizona, Ron Gochez, La Raza, Los Angeles, Revolution, Revolucion, Inmigracion, Santee High School

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May 9, 2010 Posted by | Immigration | 3 Comments

US Vet cuts down Mexican flag flown above US flag

This is an old video, but it goes to show too often immigrants come to OUR country with no plan to assimilate, nor to embrace OUR culture. The American flag flies above all others on OUR soil…period.

This vet did the right thing, what every one of us should be prepared to do if we find ourselves in the same situation.


Tags: Immigration, Illegal Immigration, Arizona, Tucson Sector, Phoenix, Kidnapping, Drug Gangs, Border, Jan Brewer

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May 9, 2010 Posted by | Immigration | Leave a comment

Gov Brewer to Obama: No one in AZ is laughing

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has a message for President Obama, a video message you can watch below.

At the recent White House correspondents’ dinner, the President drew laughter and applause with a joke about Arizona’s new law to crack down on illegal immigration in the state. Governor Brewer’s message to the President: “No one in Arizona is laughing. Do your job and secure the border.”


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May 8, 2010 Posted by | Immigration | 2 Comments

CNN’s Jack Cafferty blasts Obama response to AZ law

Even CNN is blasting Obama’s response to Arizona’s new law to combat the wave of illegal aliens crossing its border, bringing with them the drugs and violence that plague our neighbor to the South.


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May 3, 2010 Posted by | Immigration | Leave a comment

Crawford outlines his plan for border security

from Blogs for Borders

On Monday, Arkansas GOP Congressional candidate Rick Crawford outlined his 3-phase plan for US border security. Crawford is a Northeast Arkansas small businessman and a veteran of the US Army, not a Washington politician or bureaucrat. Our professional politicians and bureaucrats for years have refused to make the hard decisions required to secure our southern borders.

Crawford calls the porous southern border our “most exploited border” and a “national security threat.” His 3-phase plan includes,

  • Phase 1:Build a wall.
    • “Not hang a piece of corrugated tin, not a virtual wall for aesthetics” says Crawford, but a defensible wall with 8-10 lawful points of entry.
  • Phase 2:Document the undocumented.
    • Allow a six to nine month period to allow any undocumented worker or illegal immigrant to return to one of the secure points of entry and register. At this point they’ll be “on the grid,” said Crawford. “They don’t get a driver’s license, they don’t get a benefit card,” he continued.
  • Phase 3:Active enforcement.
    • Following phase 2, there will be a determined effort to find those who have not registered. It will be assumed at this point that any undocumented alien is in the country for illicit purposes and law enforcement will be empowered to “take appropriate action.”

Perhaps electing real people who are accustomed to making hard decisions in the real world is the first step needed to get a real solution to our illegal immigration problem.

March 10, 2010 Posted by | Immigration | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment