Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Immigrant Wrong

Today's column for the Daily Banter takes a look at the debate over the use of the term "illegal immigrant."

Here's the opening shot:

"Unfortunately, you can probably set your watches and begin the countdown to the cries of 'white privilege' showing up in the comment section or getting aimed at me on Twitter, but here goes nothing: There isn’t a thing wrong grammatically or journalistically with the term 'illegal immigrant.' Sure, I understand that some very well-meaning people find “illegal immigrant” personally offensive and feel that it shouldn’t be used by any reputable media outlet, but the issue they have with the phrase is, yes, personal and is in no way related to whether it holds up as proper English, no matter how much anyone would like to make you — or him- or herself — believe otherwise."

Read the Rest Here


kanye said...

You're misusing the word "emigrate".

You emigrate "from"; immigrate "to".

Chez said...

You're right. Thanks, I always confuse the two. One of those grammatical trip-ups.