An illegal immigrant testified before Congress, but it was more like a lecture, as Jose Antonio Vargas scolded that he should not be called “illegal,” because he considers the term to be dehumanizing. Of course, Rep. John Conyers wholeheartedly agrees.
“When you inaccurately call me illegal, you not only dehumanize me, you’re offending them,” he said. “No human being is illegal.”
Mr. Vargas testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee alongside Chris Crane — a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent and president of the ICE agents’ union — who is unable to arrest him under the administration’s new non-deportation policies.
Mr. Vargas, who “came out” as an illegal immigrant several years ago, delivered an emotional plea for the country to legalize him.
“What do you want to do with us?” he asked the committee.
Last week, a top House Democrat also warned colleagues against using the term “illegal immigrants.”
“Our citizens are not — the people in this country are not illegal. They are are out of status. They are new Americans that are immigrants,” Rep. John Conyers Jr., Michigan Democrat, told colleagues on the House Judiciary Committee. (Read More)
You read that right, Conyers called people who are in this country illegally “citizens.” By that logic, terrorists who cross the border illegally are Americans who just are out of status. Good grief.
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