H/t reader squodgy.
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Over the years there has been a politically correct progression of words to describe those who come to the United States illegally. At first it was illegal aliens, then illegal immigrants, followed by undocumented immigrants or undocumented workers. Of course, the perpetually offended PC crowd is always looking for gentle new words to describe the obvious, so they’ve come up with something that defies all logic.
The Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy office at the University of Maryland has displayed posters on campus that are part of their “inclusive language campaign.” The poster lists “offensive” terms, followed by their politically correct counterparts, one of which reads “Would you say [illegal aliens] if you knew I am an undocumented citizen?” Other statements on the poster are critical of those who would say “retarded” in front of the disabled, “ghetto” in the presence of the poor, or “raped” within earshot of someone who has been sexually assaulted.
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– Guess What’s Hidden in the Immigration Bill? A National Biometric Database for Citizens (Liberty Blitzkrieg, May 10, 2013):
Oh just another eight hundred page “bipartisan” bill that nobody will read, mainstream media will refuse to cover, and that will merely further destroy any remnants of freedom left in these United States. Never forget the George Carlin quote on bipartisanship:
“Bipartisan usually means that a larger-than-usual deception is being carried out.”
The immigration reform measure the Senate began debating yesterday would create a national biometric database of virtually every adult in the U.S., in what privacy groups fear could be the first step to a ubiquitous national identification system.
Buried in the more than 800 pages of the bipartisan legislation (.pdf) is language mandating the creation of the innocuously-named “photo tool,” a massive federal database administered by the Department of Homeland Security and containing names, ages, Social Security numbers and photographs of everyone in the country with a driver’s license or other state-issued photo ID.
This piece of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act is aimed at curbing employment of undocumented immigrants. But privacy advocates fear the inevitable mission creep, ending with the proof of self being required at polling places, to rent a house, buy a gun, open a bank account, acquire credit, board a plane or even attend a sporting event or log on the internet. Think of it as a government version of Foursquare, with Big Brother cataloging every check-in.
“It starts to change the relationship between the citizen and state, you do have to get permission to do things,” said Chris Calabrese, a congressional lobbyist with the American Civil Liberties Union. “More fundamentally, it could be the start of keeping a record of all things.”
“You have to be asleep to believe it.”
A short excerpt from the video “Life Is Worth Losing” (2005).