Under the current laws of the United States, Jose Antonio Varga who testified before congress today is a criminal. Not a dangerous one,but a criminal nevertheless. When Vargas was 12, his mother sent him to live with his grandparents in
the US–ignoring the immigration laws at the time (he had no knowledge that his presence was against the law until he was 16. He kept his immigration status secret, pursuing his education and
fitting in as an American, with the help of friends and teachers, using
false documents including a green card, Filipino passport, and a driver’s license that helped him to avoid deportation.
While I believe that people such as Vargas should have some pathway to staying here permanently (only after the borders are tightly sealed), there is no sympathy on my part for the politically correct nonsense about not calling him or others like him what they are– Illegal and Aliens. Today Mr. Vargas whined his case to Congress.
Jose Antonio Vargas, an illegal immigrant and former reporter, scolded a congressional panel on Wednesday, saying that he should not be called illegal, and saying it is an insult to his family who brought him here.
“When you inaccurately call me illegal, you not only dehumanize me, you’re offending them,” he said. “No human being is illegal.”
While Jose Vargas may not have known his presence in the U.S. was illegal, the adults who sent him here did. I am sorry if you feel I offended them but they knew they were sending a minor to a place he was barred from going. They caused you (a minor) to break the law. That makes them twice as guilty.
Mr. Vargas calls himself an “undocumented immigrant.” Lets look at the dictionary:
Immigrant: a person who migrates to another country, usually for permanent residence
Alien: An unnaturalized foreign resident of a country. Also called noncitizen.
Sorry Mr. Vargas but Alien fits what you are much better. And as for the Illegal part
Illegal: forbidden by law; unlawful; illicit
If I steal a car and the cops come to my house and ask me to show the papers proving I own the car and I can’t, are they going to say I am illegal or undocumented?
If I kidnap a child and I am asked to prove via a birth certificate whether the kid is mine or not, am I an undocumented parent, or a kidnapper?
If someone breaks into my house are they an undocumented resident or are they criminally trespassing.
Understand, I am not arguing against some sort of immigration reform, nor do I believe Mr. Vargas should be deported. But words matter, he is an Illegal Alien, a tax increase is not a revenue enhancement, and additional government spending programs are not investments–softening the term does not make the case more valid, it simply makes people wonder what they are covering up.