As Offensive As It Is, It Looks Like The Term “Illegal Alien” Isn’t Changing Anytime Soon

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When you read the word alien, chances are you think of this…

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And not this…

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Fortunately, the Library of Congress has entered the immigration debate in an effort to offer new terms that describe immigrants as actual people and not aliens.

But before you get too excited, Congress is blocking their request.

As a recommendation from their Policy and Standards Division, the Library of Congress requested changing the terms “aliens” to “noncitizens” and “illegal aliens” to “noncitizens” and “unauthorized immigration.”

Sounds reasonable, right?

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According to a memo from the division, “the meaning of aliens is often misunderstood,” (duh) and can be taken to mean “beings from another planet” and that “the phrase illegal aliens has become pejorative.” To say the least.

However, the House Appropriations Committee just approved funding for the 2017 spending budget of the legislative branch with a very clear provision blocking the Library of Congress from changing their search terms.

The debate in Congress over the terms, though, is about Republicans paying too much attention to this provision and not the spending bill. “Any good done in this bill has been overshadowed by a political poison pill that puts the Legislative Branch bill squarely in the middle of our nation’s immigration debate,” said Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.). “This bill puts the Library of Congress front and center on one of our nation’s most contentious and emotional political issues – in the midst of a presidential election year.”

Republicans, on the other hand, argue that their efforts to block this request will prevent the Library of Congress from censorship and will require the use of the same terms in federal law. “The Library of Congress is undermining its credibility and ignoring its responsibility to provide the American people with forthright and factual admission to its many resources,” said Rep. Mike Turner (R., Ohio).

So even though the term “undocumented immigrant” is troublesome because most immigrants have some type of documents and not all undocumented people are immigrants, Congress wants the Library of Congress to stick with the terms.

Good job, Congress, good job. #smh

Read more about this heated debate here

READ: Here Are The Key Facts From The Pew Survey On Immigration, Border Wall And Pathway To Legal Status

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Mexican Government Said To Have Blocked The Investigation Of The 43 Missing Students

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Mexican Government Said To Have Blocked The Investigation Of The 43 Missing Students

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It’s been over a year since 43 students from Ayotzinapa, a rural town in Mexico, disappeared without a trace. Due to international pressure, the Mexican government invited foreign investigators to look into the event of September 2014. However, these investigators are leaving the country without solving the crime because they’ve been blocked from the government, they say.

“The conditions to conduct our work don’t exist,” said Claudia Paz y Paz, an investigator known for prosecuting a Guatemalan dictator for genocide. “And in Mexico, the proof is that the government opposed the extension of our mandate, isn’t it?”

The Mexican government says they have cooperated with the investigators giving them what they have requested, but the panel of investigators say otherwise.

Carlos Beristain, another expert on the case said, “it was clear in the government’s investigation and the official account that there was an intention to keep this case at a municipal level, in terms of responsibility, but we revealed the presence of state and federal agents at the crime scenes, and furthermore that their participation implied responsibility.” In other words, the investigation implicated the Mexican government.

Once this initial report came to light implicating a larger group of officials, the actions of the Mexican government changed from welcoming to total blockage. “There are sectors within the government that don’t want certain things to be questioned and therefore there is an attempt to reinforce the ‘historical truth,’ without taking into account the new elements we have uncovered,” Mr. Beristain told The New York Times. “These sectors within the government looked at us as a threat and this hardened their view towards us, which actually reinforces the impunity that stops things from changing in this country.” Interesting…

Even more shocking, instead of focusing their efforts on helping the investigation, Mexican media attacked the investigators of misusing funds and fabricating testimony to incarcerate military officials. Say what?! When asked to release a joint statement denouncing these accusations, the Mexican government declined and continued their investigation of the investigators.

“It is interesting that they would choose to investigate this patently baseless claim when there are thousands of families who are desperately seeking their loved ones without any assistance from the attorney general,” said James L. Cavallaro, president of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

Even though the investigators did release a report, the case is far from being solved, and only the remains of one student were found. The other 42 are still missing and the supposed scene of where the government says the bodies were incinerated is nowhere to be found.

Read more about this unsolved case and how deeply rooted it is here.

READ: A Year Has Passed Since the Ayotzinapa 43 Went Missing, and These People Are Still Marching the Streets of Mexico.

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