Amid chaos on the southern border, a Princeton professor said, “No human is illegal. Open the border. Let them all in.”
Princeton University African American Studies professor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor made the remark Sunday in a tweet, which had garnered more than 2,000 likes at the time of publication.
One of the academics who shared Taylor’s remark was former Drexel University professor George Ciccariello-Maher, who claimed that the Las Vegas massacre “is what happens when” white individuals “don’t get what they want.” Ciccariello-Maher resigned in Dec. 2017 after tweeting, “All I Want for Christmas is White Genocide.”
— overpasses4America (@o4america) December 3, 2018
Princeton’s Yamahtta Taylor previously made headlines for calling President Donald Trump a “racist, sexist megalomaniac” during a May 2017 commencement speech at Hampshire College.
“It’s not a benign observation, but has meant tragic consequences for many people in our country—from terror-inducing raids in the communities of undocumented immigrants to his disparaging of refugees in search of freedom and respite,” Taylor said, claiming that Trump has “empowered an attorney general who embraces and promulgates policies that have already been proven to have had a devastating impact on black families and communities.”
Look at this, from the Marxist, America-hating group PICUM, the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants, in its “Words Matter” online section:
“Calling a certain group of people ‘illegal’ denies them their humanity. There is no such thing as an ‘illegal’ person. … The term ‘illegal migrant’ should never be used because it implies criminality. A person can never be illegal. Migration is not a crime. It is discriminatory. Illegality as a status is only applied to migrants and used to deny them their rights. It has real impacts on policy and public perception. Inaccurate language leads society to accept that people should be prosecuted and punished.”
Those who control the language control the policy, right?
The outright denial of the proper definition of illegal has helped turn the border war from one of law and order to wishy-washy social justice.
Migrants who want to storm across the border without going through the proper channels are called illegal because they’re breaking laws. Put an asterisk by the word “illegal,” though, and suddenly what was once a black-and-white issue — either individuals enter America through legal channels or they don’t — becomes a matter of interpretation, an item of debate and discussion, a lesson for philosophy not law that endlessly circles around questions like, “What does it mean to be human, after all?”
We don’t do that for other crimes and criminals.
We don’t, for instance, debate what it means to be a thief. We don’t differentiate in word definition for thievery that’s rooted in, say, hunger versus greed — that results in the shoplifting of a loaf of bread versus the looting of a television. Oh, the criminal system may regard one type of theft with more leniency than another type of theft. But insofar as calling a thief a thief, and a theft a theft, we stick to basic definitions.
Stolen goods are not undocumented items.
The left has been particularly clever at using word play to shift policy discussions. It’s their particular style of fantasy thinking; apparently, liberals truly believe that if they say something enough, it will become fact, no matter how contrary to fact it really is. Repeat and the truth is rinsed.
But let’s remember: America is a sovereign nation with real borders — no matter what the Ivy League set try to sell.
Migrants who come here legally are legal immigrants. Those who don’t — those who sneak across, or storm across, or fight their way across by pelting border agents with rocks — are illegal, pure and simple.
Calling illegals illegals doesn’t degrade their humanity. It correctly labels their actions and properly calls them out for the law-breakers they are — for the law-breaking activities in which they’re engaging.
Remember, words matter. Simply put, they’re the building blocks for the culture war we’re all fighting.
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
December 3rd, 2018