Is 'Illegal Immigrant' A Slur? The New York Times And A War Over Words

Oct 7, 2012 Full story: International Business Times 21

In the news business, such questions are not merely philosophical. They're practical.

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Austinite

Austin, TX

#1 Oct 7, 2012
No, and by the way the correct term is actually Illegal Alien.
see the light

El Paso, TX

#2 Oct 7, 2012
No, they can always leave if they don't like the term.
Ecuadorks

Danbury, CT

#3 Oct 7, 2012
How about "Crimmigrants"?
Priapus

Austin, TX

#4 Oct 7, 2012
Calling an illegal alien an illegal immigrant is like calling a child molestor and unlicensed child sex therapist.
no amnesty

Brooklyn, NY

#5 Oct 7, 2012
Call me old fashioned, but I've always had an affinity for the term wet-back..
El Cid

Austin, TX

#6 Oct 7, 2012
no amnesty wrote:
Call me old fashioned, but I've always had an affinity for the term wet-back..
It rarely applies anymore since they ones from down south can simply walk over the bridge or even parts of the Rio Grande and not even get their feet wet. Used to be alot easier catching them along the Texas border at night before thermal vision, could hear their shoes sqeeking.
Exactly

Omaha, NE

#7 Oct 7, 2012
El Cid wrote:
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It rarely applies anymore since they ones from down south can simply walk over the bridge or even parts of the Rio Grande and not even get their feet wet. Used to be alot easier catching them along the Texas border at night before thermal vision, could hear their shoes sqeeking.
After watching Border Wars on Nat Geo, I have to write they've certainly increased their ways to avoid detection. The last in this year's series was in Puerto Rico. OMG, do we have a problem there with not only drugs but child porn. I wasn't aware of the wet-foot, dry-foot applying when illegals hit Puerto Rico via the water.
see the light

El Paso, TX

#8 Oct 7, 2012
no amnesty wrote:
Call me old fashioned, but I've always had an affinity for the term wet-back..
Isn't that just a Mexican?
Je baise votre mom

AOL

#9 Oct 7, 2012
unwelcome guest: illegal foreigner
Legal law breakers or enablers: Pararsites
Je baise votre mom

AOL

#10 Oct 7, 2012
Exactly wrote:
<quoted text>After watching Border Wars on Nat Geo, I have to write they've certainly increased their ways to avoid detection. The last in this year's series was in Puerto Rico. OMG, do we have a problem there with not only drugs but child porn. I wasn't aware of the wet-foot, dry-foot applying when illegals hit Puerto Rico via the water.
That only applies to Cubans. Not to Dominicans, Haitians, Chinese, Indians, and other caribbeans!
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Now you know why we don't want you to allow PR to become the 51st State otherwise you will get the most massive migration to PR that you have ever seen!
Agree

Kansas City, MO

#11 Oct 7, 2012
Je baise votre mom wrote:
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That only applies to Cubans. Not to Dominicans, Haitians, Chinese, Indians, and other caribbeans!
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Now you know why we don't want you to allow PR to become the 51st State otherwise you will get the most massive migration to PR that you have ever seen!
I agree. Luis Gutierrez was pushing it a could of years ago, even when P.R. said no.
ronnie

Kaysville, UT

#12 Oct 7, 2012
Who cares what you call them. They know what they are and who they are....they don't belong here. Go Home.

Since: Aug 11

Location hidden

#15 Oct 7, 2012
calling an illegal alien an immigrant is a slur.

borders on slander or even a hate crime,lowing the value of the word immigrant to illegal alien supporter standards.
magadala

Gig Harbor, WA

#16 Oct 8, 2012
“You can’t be static on this,” he said.“This is an evolving issue about who we are and what we choose to call ourselves. I’ll continue to have that conversation. And the New York Times is going to have to make a change.”

I know you think you are hot sh****t since you given the go with ICE, but YOU don't determine what we call you, WE DO!!! Don't like it, leave or get legal.

Good luck with "...continue to have that conversation." The NY Times is going to HAVE to make a change...for you and all the illegal aliens? Joke, right?

These people who live in the shadows certainly are arrogant!...and entitled. Thanks, Obam!
magadala

Gig Harbor, WA

#17 Oct 8, 2012
He said the term illegal immigrant was demeaning. Doesn't he know that being an illegal alien is a demeaning state. You accept that when you make the decision to come here that way. What does he want us to do, crown 'em when they cross over?

I got it! We need to fund a new federal program so that illegal aliens can feel good about themselves, what they have done, and what they are doing. Yea!
sba131

United States

#18 Oct 8, 2012
How about Felon......inmate?
sba131

United States

#19 Oct 8, 2012
Va te suce le enculer wrote:
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And you better stop hiring them or consuming drugs or selling them firearms! You cross the line and we kill your family!
Coming from cowards like you. Your threats mean nothing.
magadala

Gig Harbor, WA

#20 Oct 8, 2012
Va te suce le enculer wrote:
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And you better stop hiring them or consuming drugs or selling thm firearms! You cross the line and we kill your family!
Go back to whichever cesspool you came from!!! You entitled "thing" you!!!!

I neither do the drug thing NOR hire them! A hispanic guy is coming to stack my wood at a reduced price, I told him to bring his work permit with him!!!!

If he ain't got it, no doey! I LOVE my country! You illegal alien scum, you kill mi familia, and nostormous WILL es mort you back!!!

You may have our political system stymied, but American citizens are quite clear!Don't ever forget that!!!
ronnie

Kaysville, UT

#21 Oct 8, 2012
Va te suce le enculer wrote:
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And you better stop hiring them or consuming drugs or selling them firearms! You cross the line and we kill your family!
That's only one handful of the excuses Mexicans use their reasons, in breaking the laws and sneaking around with other people ID's. Tolerance has always been earned by other cultures. Why is it the Hispanic Culture and the arrogance of this group of people is so disliked amongst civilized Cultures. The idea that we should continue to take there abuse towards the Unites States, makes me sick. We don't owe these illegals anything. So do us a favor, and get the Flock out.

Since: Aug 11

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#22 Oct 8, 2012
this dirtbag is not in jail yet where he belongs.

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