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New Term for Illegals at 'Today': Immigrants 'Concerned About Their Status'
Today Show/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 05/20/2006 9:24:41 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest

by Mark Finkelstein

May 20, 2006

In its segment on illegal immigration and the proposed amendment to make English the country's official language, this morning's Today show pitted the following against one sole Republican senator: another senator who just happens to be the Minority Leader, the director of a school that teaches English to immigrants, the head of the association of immigration lawyers, and the NBC reporter himself, Mike Taibbi, who described the current atmosphere as 'nasty' and implied that the English language amendment was unnecessary. Along the way, Today even managed to coin a new term for 'illegals.'

Taibbi began the segment reporting from what appeared to be a private-sector school in Queens, NY called the New York Language Center. Taibbi pointedly observed that at the school: "they learn one language. English. America's official national language, if a Senate amendment to a new immigration law passes." Not-so-subtle sub-text: "See, immigrants are already learning English. No amendment necessary."

Sen. Lamar Alexander [R-TN] was then given the segment's sole shot in favor of the amendment, as he was shown on the Senate floor stating: "English is part of our national identity, it's part of our blood, part of our spirit."

Taibbi: "But opponents say the bill's wording, 'that unless otherwise authorized no person has a right to have the government provice services or . . . materials in any language other than English' is aimed squarely at Hispanics, the bulk of this country's illegal immigrants." And to second his motion, Today played a clip of none other than Harry Reid:

"While the intent may not be there, I believe this amendment is racist."

Tiabbi's next remark again went to undercut the need for the English-as-the-offical language amendment: "The command of the English language should be a requirement for citizenship, some say. But students who come to this school already know that."

He continued: "But fewer immigrants concerned about their status are enrolling says the school's director as the debate over new immigration laws has become nastier." 'Immigrants-concerned-about-their-status': NBC's newest euphemism for 'illegal.' I don't know, just doesn't have the same ring as 'los indocumentados.' And when Taibbi speaks of the debate becoming 'nastier', whom do you think he has in mind?

Cut to school Director Barbara Dick who explains that fewer people are enrolling: "Because people are afraid, they don't know what's happening." Let me, um, translate that into English: people are afraid that the government might finally enforce laws already on the books regarding illegal immigrants.

Continued Taibbi: "And while the national language amendment has mostly symbolic meaning, critics say it could be a deal breaker." Today than played a clip from Deborah Notkin, head of an association of lawyers whose clients are immigrants:

"The fear of many who support comprehensive immigration reform is that these kind of things are being used as poison pills, to break down the legislation."

But why should that be? Consider again the amendment's language: 'No person has a right to have the government provide services or . . . materials in any language other than English.' Nothing restricting a person's right to speak another language. Not even anything prohibiting government agencies from providing services in foreign languages. Simply providing that there is no right to demand government that government accomodate a person's inability to speak English.

Tiabbi concluded by warning that "In the current atmosphere the label of English as the official language is closer than ever to becoming a law." !Dios mio!


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; US: Nevada; US: New York; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: aliens; borderslanguage; culture; englishonlyamendment; miketaibbi; nbc; nbcnews; today
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1 posted on 05/20/2006 9:24:43 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; netmilsmom; Diogenesis; YaYa123; MEG33; ...

Today Show/NewsBusters ping.


2 posted on 05/20/2006 9:25:12 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"In the current atmosphere the label of English as the official language is closer than ever to becoming a law."

If only...

3 posted on 05/20/2006 9:26:18 AM PDT by MizSterious (Anonymous sources often means "the voices in my head told me.")
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

If "English only" fails, congress should immediately pass a federal law requring every single media outlet in the United States, to publish/broadcast in both English and Spanish at their own expense.


4 posted on 05/20/2006 9:27:14 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
NBC reporter himself, Mike Taibbi, who described the current atmosphere as 'nast

I get the richest satisfactiong knowing Mike made a really bad career decision, getting into mainstream broadcast journalism...

5 posted on 05/20/2006 9:30:05 AM PDT by gaijin
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Ok, so how do these supposed underpaid slaves to the American dream scrounge up enough to send their half dozen anchor kids to private school in NY?


6 posted on 05/20/2006 9:32:47 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

At the school's site under certification the school "is also authorized by the U.S. Department of Immigration to enroll non-immigrant foreign students." What???


7 posted on 05/20/2006 9:40:58 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I got a chuckle over the term "international camper" I recently heard.


8 posted on 05/20/2006 9:42:48 AM PDT by CPOSharky (Go home and fix your own country before you complain about ours.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I love when illegal aliens live in fear and trepidation. They are invaders in dire need of deportation. If the hacks in DC obstruct a sane deportation policy then next best is they live with uncertainty. This is my country not theirs! To hell with them same as anyone else who invades my sovereign nation of America


9 posted on 05/20/2006 9:43:52 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I thought this was very interesting ..http://ebbs.english.vt.edu/hel/helmod/america.html

Don't expect the world to be given to you when you get here.
Also, where do people who aren't even citizens get the right to protest in our country? Immigration is the back-bone of America, we are a settler-state, but do it LEGALLY AND LEARN THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF ENGLISH.We should not have to learn your language and we should not have to change ours to suit you..When i did traveling I did learn the language of the country I would visit(well I learned enough to get along) and had a book with me to be able to communicate with shop keepers..
10 posted on 05/20/2006 9:44:52 AM PDT by Beth528
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"While the intent may not be there, I believe this amendment is racist."

Dingy Harry had to go back to the floor and retract this statement by apologizing to the Senator who proposed the amendment.

11 posted on 05/20/2006 9:45:22 AM PDT by hsalaw
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

"If "English only" fails, congress should immediately pass a federal law requring every single media outlet in the United States, to publish/broadcast in both English and Spanish at their own expense."

NO! If "English only" fails congress should pass a federal law requiring every single media outlet publish in ALL languages in use in the U.S. Why should Spanish be given a higher priority than any other language. While they're at it: NO MORE PRESS 1 FOR ENGLISH! I refuse to do it!


12 posted on 05/20/2006 9:49:41 AM PDT by derSchurfer (When the Rule of Law is ignored good citizens will take the law into their own hands.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
If "English only" fails, congress should immediately pass a federal law requring every single media outlet in the United States, to publish/broadcast in both English and Spanish at their own expense.

Not just in Spanish, but in the native tongue of every other immigrant who has come here. After all, it's only fair.

13 posted on 05/20/2006 9:50:03 AM PDT by Route66 (America's Main Street)
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To: hsalaw
The Today show has drifted even further to the left in recent years. It won't get any better when Perky Katie leaves because the new Perky Bimbo will be just as bad. And, Matt Lauer is ... how can I put this ... dumb.
14 posted on 05/20/2006 9:51:02 AM PDT by BW2221
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To: hsalaw

"Dingy Harry had to go back to the floor and retract this statement by apologizing to the Senator who proposed the amendment."

Waht about the rest of us? He essentailly caled anyone who wants English as the official language a racist. Just guessing but I'd say that includes a good number of Democrats and the vast majority of Americans. Liberals hate this country, don't they?


15 posted on 05/20/2006 9:55:04 AM PDT by L98Fiero (I'm worth a million in prizes.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Saw this yesterday

1. NAFTA
2. CAFTA
3. SHAFTA (Senate Hoses Americans For The Aliens)

lol, perfect


16 posted on 05/20/2006 9:58:54 AM PDT by sheana
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"But opponents say the bill's wording, 'that unless otherwise authorized no person has a right to have the government provice services or . . . materials in any language other than English' is aimed squarely at Hispanics,"

"Aimed" at hispanics? Sounds like his own wording seeks to conjur up in the reader's mind a notion of hostility towards hispanics, as in 'aiming' a gun or some object of harm. In fact the issue is about an aid to assimilation, and therefore an aid to national unity, which is a benefit to all Americans.

The liberals are not concerned about America though, they are concerned about the multi-cultural project they are trying to complete, a project which destroys the 'evil' traditional America and turns our soveriegn nation into a small part of a greater whole called globalism. These liberals know full well that the root word of 'diversity' is "divide", and they further know that a house divided will fall, which is what they really seek.

17 posted on 05/20/2006 10:01:26 AM PDT by TheCrusader
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
...anyone ever heard of the Japanese,Koreans,Vietnamese,Bulgarians,Swiss,Germans,French Canadians,Russians,Taiwanese,Thais,Italians,Spaniards,Lithuanians,DEMANDING spanish be taught in schools?
Thats exactly why ENGLISH IS THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF THE UNTIED STATES!!!
LEARN IT,USE IT, ASSIMULATE!!!!!!!
Talk about a backlash, their really starting to piss me off!!

Doogle
18 posted on 05/20/2006 10:01:31 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF...8th TFW...Ubon Thailand...408thMMS..."69"...Night Line Delivery...AMMO!!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Hmmmm.. New Term: Undocumented INSURGENTS...


19 posted on 05/20/2006 10:02:14 AM PDT by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole..)
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To: mtbopfuyn
"But opponents say the bill's wording, 'that unless otherwise authorized no person has a right to have the government provice services or . . . materials in any language other than English' is aimed squarely at Hispanics,"

Sounds like a tricky little catch phrase that refers to illegal aliens.

20 posted on 05/20/2006 10:03:46 AM PDT by TheCrusader
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