Your Views: Why won't Gazette call these people illegal aliens?
I read the article on the front page of The Gazette on Wednesday, March 19, about the immigration rally in Janesville. Why won’t newspapers call most of these people what they are. They are illegal aliens.
A legal alien is someone who comes to this country with legal papers of entry. I welcome these people and wish them well. An illegal alien is someone who crosses our border without legal documentation, therefore that person is breaking our laws and should be prosecuted for it. The newspapers and some of our elected officers in Wisconsin and in Washington are trying to do away with the term illegal aliens. They want to welcome these people with open arms. They just want the cheap labor and to heck with the unemployment that we have in our country. What part of illegal don’t they understand?
A few years ago, I took a cruise in the Caribbean. We stopped in a port in Mexico. When we were walking up the dock, right on the end of the dock was a pillbox surrounded with sandbags. In this pillbox were Mexican soldiers with a machine gun pointed right down the dock at us. What would happen if we had our military on our southern borders doing the same thing?
JOHN R. BERGMAN
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Gazette follows The Associated Press style on the use of this term. To summarize, AP states that except in direct quotes essential to the story, use “illegal” only to refer to an action, not a person: illegal immigration, but not illegal immigrant. Acceptable variations include living in or entering a country illegally or without legal permission. People who were brought into the country as children should not be described as having immigrated illegally.