The Rapid City Journal reports that a pro-illegal alien Hispanic group called “Somos Republicans” is criticizing South Dakota State Representative Manny Steele (R-Sioux Falls) for his use of the term “anchor babies.”
The term was used in discussion yesterday of HB 1199, a bill which sought to prevent illegal aliens from using their children born in the United States as a vehicle to escape judgment for breaking our laws and violating our national borders.
During committee discussion of HB 1199, advocates of illegal immigration objected to the use of the term “anchor babies,” a term which describes children born in the United States to illegal aliens and thus the children are entitled to U.S. citizenship under the 14th Amendment. Illegal immigration opponents also accused supporters of HB 1199 of racism and racist motives for wanting to uphold our national sovereignty and our nation’s laws.
Somos Republicans has campaigned for the pro-amnesty DREAM Act, so they are far from a “moderate” or objective group. They have ardently opposed Arizona’s efforts to deal with the border invasion problem that our federal government has refused to deal with.
The truth is, Somos Republicans is not so much upset with the term “anchor babies” as it is upset that someone would dare interfere with their efforts to keep illegal aliens in the United States based on sympathy for their children who were born here.
The fact of the matter is that it is they who use these children as tools (both the illegal aliens themselves, as well as the pimps of lawlessness like Somos Republians) who are acting reprehensibly, not those who identify their behavior and call it out for what it is.
Advocates for illegal aliens realize that this term is easily understood by the general public, that the general public “gets it” that some illegal aliens use their own children as “anchors” of sympathy to try to keep themselves from being deported for breaking our immigration laws. Illegal immigration pimps grasp that people easily understand this term…and thus they seek to deprive advocates for law-abiding immigration policy of a tool for easy communication about illegal activity.
Liberals always act indignant when their dark deeds are identified in very clear terms. They would much rather we used ambiguous or politically correct terms which obscure what it is they’re really about.
We must not allow them to hijack the use of language, as well as the terms of the debate. It is much easier to defend an indefensible position if you can distract the public and successfully paint your opponent as a mindless hater. And make no mistake: defense of illegal immigration is an indefensible position.
That is why the advocates of lawlessness seek to demonize their opponents as racists, haters and so forth. It’s a page from the same Leftist playbook that baselessly accused patriots in the Tea Party movement of racism (despite the fact that several leaders within the Tea Party movement are black).
As our gutless brigade of “Republicans” in Pierre have been doing of late, they caved and allowed HB 1199 to be killed in committee yesterday. But the people of South Dakota are watching. If these “Republicans” in Pierre insist on acting like liberal Democrats (or at the very least, allowing themselves to be intimidated by liberal activism), then the people of South Dakota can replace them with real Republicans in 2012–Republicans who will lead, not follow the dictates of the morally bankrupt Left.