Kaylee Greenlee, DCNF
Calling migrants “aliens” makes it easier to dehumanize the group and leads to harsh policies such as children being separated from their families, an MSNBC host said Thursday.
The Biden administration’s immigration reform bill proposes changing the legal reference to “non-citizen” from “alien” in an effort to better reflect President Joe Biden’s views on immigration, MSNBC host Craig Melvin said, video shows. The Trump administration previously used the term “alien.”
“It strikes me that when you use a word like alien to refer to people, it makes it easier politically to dehumanize them. And that’s how you lead to policies where we saw, you know, children stripped from their parents at the southern border,” Melvin said.
Republicans defended the term in a House Judiciary Committee hearing, according to National Immigration Law Center Executive Director Marielena Hincapié. She added that U.S. laws should reflect the values of the country since the U.S. prides itself on being a nation of immigrants.
“The term ‘alien’ … was placed there [in legislation] by some legislator in our history that actually was dehumanizing and others, it basically connotes that this person is not a human,” Hincapié told MSNBC. “It dehumanizes and otherizes immigrants.”
The administration’s bill also includes an eight-year path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants, benefits for DREAMers and immigrants temporarily living in the U.S. due to poor conditions back home, and increases the number of available diversity visas to 80,000, according to MSNBC.
For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact [email protected].
DONATE TO BIZPAC REVIEW
Please help us! If you are fed up with letting radical big tech execs, phony fact-checkers, tyrannical liberals and a lying mainstream media have unprecedented power over your news please consider making a donation to BPR to help us fight them. Now is the time. Truth has never been more critical!
- Sabo: ‘Rush was our GOAT, there was no equal and he made it look easy’ - February 18, 2024
- Dana Bash appears to want to crawl out of her own skin when Ramaswamy ‘goes there’ on J6 - December 7, 2023
- As Biden’s approval ratings decrease, students criticize administration for rebuilding border wall and support for Israel - November 12, 2023
We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, profanity, vulgarity, doxing, or discourteous behavior. If a comment is spam, instead of replying to it please click the ∨ icon below and to the right of that comment. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain fruitful conversation.