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Massachusetts Mayor Bans the Word ‘Illegal’ for Illegal Immigrants
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Posted on 11/02/2012 8:40:01 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

Massachusetts Mayor Bans the Word ‘Illegal’ for Illegal Immigrants By Elizabeth Harrington November 2, 2012

(CNSNews.com) – The mayor of Somerville, Mass., has banned the use of the term “illegals” when referring to illegal aliens.

Mayor and Alderman Joe Curtatone announced the new policy at a local board meeting last week, according to the Somerville Journal.

The decision was made after a “team of youths” urged the city to stop using the “hurtful” term. “I hadn’t given it a thought until they brought to my attention how hurtful that term is,” Board President Tom Taylor said. “Some of their testimony is pretty heart wrenching.”

One testimony came from Elis Melara, a 14-year-old whose cousin was deported by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) last year. “The way he said those words made me angry,” she said, referencing the word illegal.

“The officer made him seem like a criminal. He was talking about my cousin like he didn’t matter. He matters to me,” Melara said. “The word ‘illegal’ is a wrong way to describe a human being. A better word is ‘undocumented.’ I am thankful that I am an American and can do something about it.”

Curtatone, who is serving his fifth term as mayor since being elected in 2003, said his community has “always been a city of hope for immigrants around the world.”

“We made it clear here that whatever your status is, wherever you’re from, we are your mayor, we’re your aldermen, this is your city and we’re here to service you,” he said. “Anyone who wants to be a part of this city is welcome here.”

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KEYWORDS: aliens; border; illegalimmigrants; mexico
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Oh for crying out loud.........
1 posted on 11/02/2012 8:40:01 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Good to see it’s still okay to call them ‘illegal aliens’.

(-:


2 posted on 11/02/2012 8:42:13 AM PDT by MeganC (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Maybe they could scratch out the name PREDATOR, or child molester, any registry files, shouldn´t make any difference, and felons, they shouldn´t have to mark that X in the box looking for a job... Can´t be partial, needs to be across the board, no distinction.


3 posted on 11/02/2012 8:43:17 AM PDT by rovenstinez
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To: Sub-Driver

“The officer made him seem like a criminal”

That is because he is a criminal.


4 posted on 11/02/2012 8:44:12 AM PDT by jospehm20
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To: Sub-Driver

Political correctness is dictating how we discuss issues, and what words we are allowed to use.

The fact is that these people are here illegally, but inconvenient truths must be banned................

Or I should say inconvenient truths which run counter to the liberal narrative of an issue must be banned. We must censor our speech so as not to offend the sensibilities of liberals.

And how do we describe anyone who commits any crime? How do we describe prisoners who were convicted of crimes, who did something illegal? What is the politically correct term for prisoners or criminals of any type????


5 posted on 11/02/2012 8:44:40 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego ('s)
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To: Sub-Driver

I realize Sommerville is probably as left-wing a city can get in the U.S — on par w/ Berkeley, but really, someone should send this guy a copy of the 1st Amendment.

(IIRC this is the same town that banned nuke bombs in the 80s or 90s).


6 posted on 11/02/2012 8:47:28 AM PDT by The Hound Passer
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To: Sub-Driver

Mayor Joe Curtatone has a good point. I’m going to start calling them “criminal aliens”. It’s much more precise than the worn out phrase “illegal aliens”, which has lost so much of its impact.


7 posted on 11/02/2012 8:48:35 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Sub-Driver
"The officer made him seem like a criminal"

You can't make this stuff up !

8 posted on 11/02/2012 8:49:05 AM PDT by traditional1 (Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: Sub-Driver

I will not be held responsible for the feelings of anyone but myself.
I will use the words I deem most accurate for the issue being discussed.
Therefore, anyone who is not here legally is by defition illegal. So sue me


9 posted on 11/02/2012 8:49:11 AM PDT by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: Sub-Driver

The new thinkspeak dictionary is being written as we watch.


10 posted on 11/02/2012 8:50:33 AM PDT by RingerSIX (My wife and I took an AIDS vaccine that they offer down at our Church.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

I would like to hear the answer to your question cuz we sure don’t want to hurt anyone’s feeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelings!


11 posted on 11/02/2012 8:50:53 AM PDT by Sioux-san
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To: Sub-Driver

Why don’t we just give in and call them what Colin Powell called them...”Precious People.” That is how they’re treated, that is how they consider themselves, and someday soon it will be against the law to criticize or offend them, so we might as well get it over with. I’ve been sarcastically calling them “the Precious People” for some time now, just waiting for it to be official.


12 posted on 11/02/2012 8:52:01 AM PDT by Nea Wood (When life gets too hard to stand, kneel.)
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To: Sub-Driver

They don’t call it ‘Slum-orville’ for nothing..


13 posted on 11/02/2012 8:52:16 AM PDT by Fedupwithit ("Live Free or Die: Death is not the worst of evils" - Gen. John Stark)
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To: Sub-Driver

Maybe if Joe Curtatone hired someone to come over to his house and perform, say some landscaping, and the landscaper came over with five of his friends.

And let’s just say they decided that after doing some landscaping that they were interested in what the Mayor had in his refrigerator and medicine cabinet and invited themselves into the Mayor’s home (un-invited of course).

And maybe they decided to start living in the Mayor’s basement. Would the Mayor find himself calling the police and saying the following; there are people that are not documented residents of my home, living in my home and using my stuff and eating my food...please come and help them.

I don’t want you to kick them out of the country, I just don’t want them living in my home and using my stuff for free.

No, no, I’m pretty sure he would want them arrested for trespassing and theft, but, I could be wrong.


14 posted on 11/02/2012 8:55:01 AM PDT by areukiddingme1 (areukiddingme1 is a synonym for a Retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer and tired of liberal BS.))
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To: Sub-Driver

““We made it clear here that whatever your status is, wherever you’re from, we are your mayor, we’re your aldermen, this is your city and we’re here to service you,” he said. “Anyone who wants to be a part of this city is welcome here.””

What? Isn’t this a call-out for all criminals to move there? Since breaking the law doesn’t really matter to him. Wonder how the law abiding citizens of his city feel about that. :(


15 posted on 11/02/2012 8:55:59 AM PDT by Reddy (B.O. stinks)
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To: Sub-Driver
Just call them the privileged hoards.
16 posted on 11/02/2012 8:56:13 AM PDT by bgill (Evil doers are in every corner of our government. Have we passed the point of no return?)
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To: Sub-Driver
Well then.

If "Illegal Immigrants" are now "Undocumented Workers", then when I was an active crack head, I was not an "Illegal Drug User", I was merely an "NonPrescribed Substance Patient".

Oh, and when I shoplifted, I was an "Undocumented Shopper".

17 posted on 11/02/2012 8:57:21 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The Pravda Press has gone from 'biased' straight on through to 'utterly bizarre'.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Back in the day, we used to refer to the town as “Slum-erville”. Sounds like they continue to live down to their reputation.


18 posted on 11/02/2012 8:57:31 AM PDT by ssaftler (Romney: "Attacking me is not an agenda")
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To: Sub-Driver

the “hurtful” term

Illegals’ and muzzies’ feelings are easily hurt
when they aren’t killing the rest of us.


19 posted on 11/02/2012 8:58:44 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: Sub-Driver
The straightjacket of political correctness will kill us all yet.

Stop Fascism Now

20 posted on 11/02/2012 8:59:42 AM PDT by MichaelCorleone ('We the People' can and will take this country back...starting today.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Political correctness is dictating how we discuss issues, and what words we are allowed to use.

First of all, when did we let 14 year olds decide policy for the city?

Second what authority does the mayor have to ban any words?

21 posted on 11/02/2012 9:01:33 AM PDT by oldbrowser (Shellac Barac)
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To: Sub-Driver

Can’t use “illegal”; I vote for “criminal”.


22 posted on 11/02/2012 9:01:54 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (Children, pets, and slaves get taken care of. Free Men take care of themselves.)
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To: Sub-Driver

legal or illegal - you are either one or the other


23 posted on 11/02/2012 9:04:13 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
And how do we describe anyone who commits any crime? How do we describe prisoners who were convicted of crimes, who did something illegal? What is the politically correct term for prisoners or criminals of any type????

If she's ever the victim of a sexual assault, I vote we use the term "non-reciprocated sexual advance." Wouldn't want to hurt the assailant's feelings. He's a person, too, you know.

24 posted on 11/02/2012 9:04:13 AM PDT by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: Sub-Driver

25 posted on 11/02/2012 9:04:33 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Sub-Driver

I am about to make a terrible statement:

“Chairs should be Illegal in Chicago”.

There, I’m racist AND I’m banned.


26 posted on 11/02/2012 9:06:30 AM PDT by Old Sarge (We are officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet...)
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To: Sub-Driver
If truth is hurtful, it must be abandoned in favor of a "higher truth." ("Higher truth" = untruth) This is the perverse logic of the Left.

Truth for its own sake is not even a consideration for these klunks.

27 posted on 11/02/2012 9:07:49 AM PDT by Savage Beast (The forces of decadence are the forces of evil.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Somerville is an ultra-liberal sh!thole, a pseudo-upscale white-flight area in the process of being overrun by illegals and other undesirables whether the blithering idiot mayor likes it or not -- which he does: they vote for him.

Somerville voted 81% for President Bonzo in 2008; the town is too far gone for any decent person to bother worrying about, though we should pity the 19% who are stuck there but still courageously voted for McCain/Palin.

28 posted on 11/02/2012 9:14:06 AM PDT by PermaRag (If Trayvon had a father, he'd look just like Obama)
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To: Pollster1
I’m going to start calling them “criminal aliens”.

I've been using the term "Crimaliens" for years. Seems to fit and it saves 2 syllables.

29 posted on 11/02/2012 9:19:37 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts ("The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left." Ecclesiastes 1)
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To: Sub-Driver
World English Dictionary

illegal (ɪˈliːɡ ə l) — adj

1. forbidden by law; unlawful; illicit

2. unauthorized or prohibited by a code of official or accepted rules

— n 3. a person who has entered or attempted to enter a country illegally

30 posted on 11/02/2012 9:21:23 AM PDT by mykroar (Race/religious riots & hurricanes bring November martial law. Voting postponed.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Since the mayor likes illegal aliens so much, why not deport captured illegal aliens to the town of somerville? I’m sure sheriff Joe in Arizona has plenty of them and would be willing to give them a one way bus ticket to somerville.


31 posted on 11/02/2012 9:24:18 AM PDT by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Control of the language is one of the strongest weapons of the Left.
It doesn’t matter what we think or feel if we cannot express it.


32 posted on 11/02/2012 9:24:35 AM PDT by Little Ray (I have VOTED AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: Sub-Driver
En español, you drop one of the l's: los ilegales.
33 posted on 11/02/2012 9:27:20 AM PDT by cynwoody
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Screw these people. You could call them ‘XYZ immigrants.’ But after everyone understood it meant ‘illegal immigrants,’ they’d be screaming it was racist and that we would have to drop the word ‘XYZ’ and not use it anymore if we didn’t want to be called racists. Screw them, screw them, screw them. When are we going to stand up to the silly bastards on the left?


34 posted on 11/02/2012 9:30:27 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Sub-Driver

Return to the old word. Wetbacks.


35 posted on 11/02/2012 9:32:10 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Sub-Driver

They can go to hell all of them. Trying to ban a word is just ignorant.

If these illegals don’t want to be called illegals then they shouldn’t be illegals.

Go back to whence they came and they will no longer be illegals.


36 posted on 11/02/2012 9:34:41 AM PDT by History Repeats (sic transit gloria mundi)
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To: Lazamataz

“Oh, and when I shoplifted, I was an “Undocumented Shopper”.

That would have made you an “Undocumented Procurement Specialist.”

;-)


37 posted on 11/02/2012 9:36:50 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Just call them aliens. I have been suggesting that states that give drivers licenses to illegals, stamp the licence, ALIEN, and tie it to a set of finger prints in lieu of a birth certificate. Tie the license expiration to a prepaid insurance policy. The license expires when the policy expires and must be renewed with the license.


38 posted on 11/02/2012 9:38:09 AM PDT by Eva
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To: MeganC

none of these illegal aliens are immigrants. you need a green card to be an immigrant. at best they are visitors ~ but they’ve forgotten to get their visas and must go home now.


39 posted on 11/02/2012 9:39:24 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Sub-Driver
“I hadn’t given it a thought until they brought to my attention how hurtful that term is,” Board President Tom Taylor said.

Well, as they say, the truth hurts.

40 posted on 11/02/2012 9:41:05 AM PDT by NRA1995 (CNN should be PNN (Propaganda, Never News))
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To: cynwoody

Thank you. I was just going to ask.


41 posted on 11/02/2012 9:41:25 AM PDT by Vinnie (A)
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To: Sub-Driver
See what we've begun with the term "affirmative action" instead of admitting the U.S. forced "racial preferences" on citizens so now the 'gubmint continues stripping correct terms like "illegal ALIENS" to the preferred "undocumented migrants or workers."

Stop it, quit listening to elected stooges who live off our taxes tell us to quit using correct terms especially to refer to illegal actions!

"Illegal" means "not legal," "undocumented" could mean, "I lost my passport or visa" not "I never, ever had one, don't plan on getting one, I'm just here and I want what you've got - hand it over or I'll make your 'gubmint take it from you to give it to me!"

42 posted on 11/02/2012 9:43:47 AM PDT by zerosix (Native sunflower)
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To: Sub-Driver

So I’m guessing “Wetback” is straight out of the question.


43 posted on 11/02/2012 9:51:43 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: Sub-Driver

You crackers can go to Hell!

You have your little first amendment that was set up by racist, sexist, homophobic hatemongers like yourselves!

Now go pay your taxes - we need raises. :)


44 posted on 11/02/2012 10:02:55 AM PDT by Tzimisce (THIS SUCKS)
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To: Sub-Driver

wait.. a group of people in the country illegally brought this to the mayors attention ... and he didnt have them arrested and deported?

so much for the law


45 posted on 11/02/2012 10:04:34 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: The Hound Passer

i live the next town over from somerville. real lefty as you guessed. ironically, the mayor bans the word illegal or people who are actually illegal, but he’s banned walmart which is a perfectly legal business.


46 posted on 11/02/2012 10:14:28 AM PDT by willywill
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To: Sub-Driver

It’s Boston, folks ....


47 posted on 11/02/2012 10:19:09 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ((God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.))
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To: Sub-Driver
I,personally,prefer “wetback”.Perhaps the Mayor agrees with me.
48 posted on 11/02/2012 10:24:35 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Ambassador Stevens Is Dead And The Chevy Volt Is Alive)
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To: Sub-Driver
Uh... it implies they are criminals because they are criminals. They're not "undocumented immigrants", they're criminal foreign invaders.
49 posted on 11/02/2012 10:27:58 AM PDT by kevkrom (If a wise man has an argument with a foolish man, the fool only rages or laughs...)
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To: Sub-Driver

Paging Mr. Orwell, Mr. George Orwell.


50 posted on 11/02/2012 10:29:06 AM PDT by morphing libertarian
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