I have a challenge for members of Congress now vowing that the federal government will enforce the immigration laws in the future if we just let them take the illegal aliens in the United States today and put them on a "pathway to citizenship."
Hospitals trying to curb costs have chartered flights to send sick, uninsured, undocumented immigrants back to their home countries. It's a process called medical repatriation, and critics say it amounts to unregulated deportation.
The immigration reform bill introduced this week by a bipartisan group of senators will please few die-hards on either side of the immigration debate, but it's likely to please most Americans.
Senators formally unveil a wide-ranging immigration bill with support from business executives, religious leaders, activists and others. The sponsors are four Republicans and four Democrats, hoping the coalition holds firm.
The editors at the Associated Press made news themselves last week when they announced that their stylebook would no longer approve the use of the phrase Illegal Immigrant to describe illegal immigrants. To borrow some newspeak from George Orwell's classic dystopia, "1984," down the memory hole the phrase must go. For it makes the folks at AP feel doubleplusungood when they see badspeak.
Whatever prompted the change, its practical effect is to delegitimize those who have called for tougher enforcement of U.S. immigration law. The AP just erased from journalism's lexicon the important distinction between legal and illegal immigrants.
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