On a television news broadcast out of Phoenix a few days ago, an immigration activist was complaining about the fact that illegal aliens (oh, I’m sorry, undocumented immigrants) who are being held in federal custody are called detainees. Apparently, that term has a negative connotation and is demeaning. According to her, illegal aliens should be called “clients” not “detainees.’
Give me a break! How about we call them what they really are – criminal trespassers?
My dictionary defines the word “client” as:
1: one that is under the protection of another
2a: a person who engages the professional advice or services of another <a lawyer’s clients> b: customer <hotel clients> c : a person served by or utilizing the services of a social agency <a welfare client> d : a computer in a network that uses the services (as access to files or shared peripherals) provided by a server
Aren’t we, American citizens, the “clients” of the Border Patrol? As I understand their mission, it is to protect our borders, not to “serve” criminals.
Are you as sick of this politically correct nonsense as I am? It reminds me of when they started calling convicts in the prison system “inmates” because the old term was demeaning to them. Lord knows, we can’t call the scum of the earth anything that would hurt their feelings!
When I joined the Army, our drill sergeants called us maggots, shitheads, and a whole lot of other derogatory words. I don’t remember any of them hurting my feelings. What I do remember is that they put the fear of God into me. That’s right, those guys scared the hell out of me!
Of course, today that would be called verbal abuse, and I’m sure today’s drill instructors have toned it down a lot. But I’m not sure that’s a good thing.
Maybe we need to go in the other direction. Maybe if we scared the hell out of criminals, be they illegal aliens or convicts, at least a few of them might decide to avoid getting into trouble again, whether that trouble involve crossing our borders illegally, or committing crimes here in this country. What could it hurt?
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