This past Sunday, the N&O devoted its Sunday forum to illegal immigration. Many of the letters voiced opposition or support for a previous letter that characterized the term “illegal alien” as “hateful.”
As our regular readers know, the term illegal alien is not hateful at all, but an innocuous legal term that refers to an alien (i.e., a foreign national) who is in the United States illegally.
The truth of the matter is that “illegal alien” is not a hateful term, but a term that the Left hates. Liberals hate the use of illegal alien because it reminds the public of what is at stake here … that opposition to illegal immigration has nothing to do with race or, even immigration, but with respect for the law.
In the end, of course, liberals hate the law too. And, with the law, reason. Hence, all that is left is demonization of one’s opponents — and with this demonization, comes a dehumanization, as we saw with the Nazi regime (recall that the Nazis were socialists) and communist Russia.