Yesterday during a hearing on immigration policy held by the House Judiciary Committee, Representative John Conyers (D-MI) passionately expressed his displeasure with the word “illegal” (apparently the fact that these people have illegally entered our country and are living undocumented is just semantics).
CONYERS: I hope no one uses the term ‘illegal immigrants’ here today. Our citizens are not – our – 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.
“They’re illegals. They’re illegals. They’re illegals. They’re illegals. They’re here illegally,” Glenn said on radio this morning.
“Don’t use that term, Glenn,” Pat responded in his best Conyers impersonation. “They are new Americans… They’re out of status.”
You may notice Conyers initial slip of the tongue (a Freudian slip perhaps?), in which he refers to illegal immigrants as “our citizens.” He goes on to day that these people are not illegal, but “out of status.” With that mindset, it sounds like amnesty has already been granted.
“They just don’t have paperwork filled out,” Pat concluded. “They’re missing a post-it note – that’s all. It says they can come here.”