Mainstream mislabeling of non-Americans, who are neither registered resident aliens nor naturalized citizens, as “immigrants” is a political victory for the media, and open-borders advocates. Substitution of terms, and collapse of meaning is called “conflation;”it is pervasive; even those who advocate legal control of our borders have adopted the “alt-lit” use of “immigrant” where “illegal alien” or “unregistered foreign national” is accurate.
This national protest is designed to show the importance of immigrants and their descendants to America. No protest is required. Just get the words straight, and you have a clear picture of who we are talking about. Any hyphenated American is still an American. “Green Card” and valid visa holders are welcome visitors. Subtract these people from the “Day Without Immigrants” activities and see who is left.
America is still a most attractive country in many respects. I understand why foreign nationals want to live here, it is vast, varied, wonderful, free, and full of opportunities. We have borders, and citizenship laws, like every country in the world.
What we do not have is a guest worker visa program large enough to accommodate our labor needs. This is evident because over 11 million people are living here without the benefit of such visas. Employers hire them to do the jobs they need done.
If all the energy, time, and money spent for these demonstrations were applied to getting Congress to authorize and expansive guest worker program, most of the illegal aliens could be legalized and have the benefits of official recognition and legal protection.