Don’t Call Them “Undocumented”




“But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”

― George Orwell, 1984


I’ve lost count of the times, throughout my life, when I’ve turned on the news or opened a newspaper and discovered that a common word or name has been surreptitiously replaced with a new word or name seemingly overnight.  It always reminds me of the infamous scene in Orwell’s Animal Farm where the pigs clandestinely altered the Seven Commandments in the middle of the night.  The new word or name unvaryingly advances some facet of the leftwing agenda, and while it’s no surprise that those who relate ideologically with communism would use tools of propaganda to alter the status quo to better suit their goals, I am always left shaking my head when others go along with the scheme and start parroting the new terms as well.  Take a listen to this Fox News report in which reporter Steve Harrigan refers to illegals as “undocumented migrants:”

So now “undocumented migrants” is how we refer to illegal aliens in the news?

Would someone please tell me what’s wrong with the term “illegal alien,” other than that it suggests certain truths that are inconvenient to the Left’s agenda?  “It’s a pejorative,” the Left informs us.  Hmmm.  That’s like saying we shouldn’t use the word “rapist” to describe a rapist because it’s a pejorative.  News flash to leftists:  It is the underlying behavior, not the word, that makes it a pejorative, so rather than we all start using different words for this behavior my solution for those who take offense at the term “illegal alien” is to stop engaging in such behavior.   Wouldn’t that be a much simpler way of resolving this whole “pejorative” problem?

Understand this, folks:  people don’t just wake up one day and start renaming common terms for no reason.  Everything we do has a purpose, and there is a very pointed political calculation behind every single language alteration schemed on us by the Left.  Calling those who are here illegally the more innocuous sounding “undocumented” is for the calculated purpose of softening us to people’s crimes and diminishing our instincts to protect ourselves.  It’s propaganda, and it serves somebody but that somebody isn’t us.  Leftists are never looking out for you.  It is always about acquiring more power for themselves.

Before I settled on the George Orwell quote to introduce this essay I considered a couple of other options, including the following:

“For me, words are a form of action, capable of influencing change”

This is a quote from the book, “Combat in the Erogenous Zone,” which was written by Ingrid Bengis.  Bengis is a writer best known for the aforementioned book, but what struck me in her bio, and what makes her quote worth mentioning, is that it just so happens to have been borrowed by none other than our former dear leader, Barack Obama, who quoted Bengis in one of his 2008 campaign speeches. I could not have asked for better evidence that the Left’s elites are keenly aware of the power of language and how to use it as a weapon in their war against America as we know it.  Thanks to the Left’s takeover of the education system in this nation, we know how to read but we don’t know how to read between the lines.   That’s what makes propaganda so effective.  We need to continually fight for our language and resist the Left’s efforts to obscure truth.

They’re illegal, not undocumented.



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8 replies

  1. The way I see it, they were “undocumented migrants” up until they ILLEGALLY crossed the U.S. border and that’s when they became ILLEGAL.

    Once the ILLEGAL designator is in place, I don’t care what the rest of the description is – it could be “freeloader,” “alien,” “lawbreaker,” “moocher,” etc.

    I don’t even care if the left wants to use “immigrant,” as long as the ILLEGAL precedes it. In fact, “Illegal Immigrant” is fine with me. See how easy I am to get along with!


  2. Good points CW. It is amazing how the Left changes words or phases or even changes their meaning. It happens all the time. The Fort Hood Shooter was “workplace violence” Even if he was not Muslim, this was “terrorism” or a “serial murderer” but not just violence. I remember a conversation I had with a Liberal one time and she told me about full time welfare that maybe those people have a different meaning to “responsible” and “accountable”. I guess you or I can make up a definition anytime we see fit to make us look “better”.

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    • That’s right, Patrick.

      The Obama administration never talked about taxes, they talked about “revenues.”
      Blacks are no longer blacks, they’re “African Americans.”
      We no longer have teachers, we have “educators.”
      Transferring power from the haves to the have-nots is “social justice,” justified or not.
      You can no longer give, you must “give BACK,” because what you gave was never really yours,
      Food stamps are now “nutrition assistance.”
      Liberals are now “progressives.”
      Global warming became “climate change” when the warming didn’t pan out.
      Anarchy is now “resistance.”
      Terrorists are “freedom fighters.”

      Whenever the Left wants to bend your mind so that you to take a more positive view of a group or a policy, they change the name….. but never the people or the policies. Conservatives aren’t fooled by this but it works really well on the sheep.

      Thanks again for stopping by!


  3. Unfortunately and include Europe in that


  4. Great points, CW. The Dems do so mangle the English language in their efforts to disguise the truth, and the sad part is that people, some unintentionally, start to repeat it as if it was the correct term. I’m not defending Steve Harrigan, but sometimes you hear a phrase so often, you start to use it and don’t realize they gotcha. Me for example – it’s easier to use (and shorter to type) the word gay instead of homosexual or lesbian. Gay covers them all.

    Do you think part of the reason they do this is to curry favor with the border-jumping, welfare-seeking, disease infested potential voters…er..I mean the poor waifs coming here for a better life?

    Every so often we see a new term that’s been changed, and I wish I’d kept a list, because I can’t keep up with all the latest PC terms.


  5. If you look at protest you’ll see only immigrant. They don’t even bother with the illegal or UNDOCUMENTED immigrant anymore they are trying their hardest to blur the distinction between the two and hoping eventually that thecstupid American voter ( they think that’s what we are) will think our immigration problem has gone away.
    I am so pissed that even our leaders are now saying undocumented immigrant. That disturbs me that all they’re trying to do is MAKES US assimilate and not the other way around
    I’m glad I’m old enough to know that in fifty years English won’t be our national language but Spanish will be and well probably be a state of Mecivo. I’ll be dead and I won’t worry about it


    • At least it gives us one reason to look on the bright side of Trump, Bescher. For all of his faults I can’t recall hearing him use the term “undocumented.”

      They can try and push their propaganda but we don’t have to accept it.

      In 50 years the Mexicans may have some serious competition from the Muslims.

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