Rep. Conyers doesn't want people using the term "illegal immigrant" in his presence.
“I hope no one uses the term ‘illegal immigrants’ here today,” Conyers said today, as National Review noted. “Our citizens are, the people in this country are not illegal, they are out of status, they are new Americans that are immigrants, and I think that we can forge a path to citizenship that will be able to pass muster.”
What is "out of status" supposed to mean?
"Status" is defined as: 1) the position of an individual in relation to another or others, especially in regard to social or professional standing; 2)state or condition of affairs: Arbitration has failed to change the status of the disagreement; or 3) Law. the standing of a person before the law.
Hmm. What are the possible meanings of the term "out of status" given these definitions?
1) "Out of position or social standing"? Possible. Many illegal immigrants are not part of main stream America, what ever that is. Don't think Rep. Conyers meant that.
2) "Out of affairs"? That could possibly mean that illegal immigrants are in limbo. That might be true for many but I still don't think Rep. Conyers was trying to convey this meaning.
3) "Out of standing before the law"? This could meaning someone is outside the law. In other words, "illegal". I think we have a winner folks.
In other words, Rep. Conyers prefers an imprecise term meaning "illegal" over the actual word "illegal". The fact remains that illegal immigrants are here because they broke our laws to get here or to stay here. The use of "immigrant" versus "alien" softened the term enough and I refuse to soften it anymore. Calling someone "out of status" does not change the fact that they are law breakers that would be shipped back to their own countries if they are caught by INS. Trying to candy coat the term "illegal immigrant" is silly.
Perhaps immigration laws need to be revised, but until then, Rep. Conyers needs to keep his P.C. bull crap to himself. Illegal immigrants are what they are: illegal.