Out of Space

“I personally find the word ‘alien’ offensive when applied to individuals, especially to children,” said Florida State Senator Frederica Wilson, D-Miami. “An alien to me is someone from out of space.”

“Out of space”?

Senator Wilson wants to ban the term “illegal alien” from official state documents.  She prefers “undocumented” to “illegal” and “immigrant” to “alien”.  These are the terms of choice in Miami-Dade. Things are different upstate in Tallahassee. She said she encountered the offensive term when trying to pass a bill allowing children of foreigners to get in-state tuition at colleges and universities.

That’s right, people from Georgia or Alabama would have to pay out-of-state tuition. Americans living in Florida for less than a year would have to pay. I haven’t seen the bill, but I bet legal (or “documented”) immigrants would have to pay out-of-state tuition. Wilson’s philosophy:  break the law and get a break.

I just wish she would be clear. Does she support in-state tuition for immigrants from “out of space”?

H/T Anything & Everything

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2 Responses to Out of Space

  1. excogitatingengineer says:

    This is what some call ‘symbolism over substance.’ She obviously does not understand what the word alien means. When turned 16, I had to go get an AR (Alien Registration) to carry with me because I was an alien/foreigner. An alien is an alien whether they are from out of space or another country. I wish legislators would stop wasting time on lame legislation and get something done worthwhile.

  2. Steve says:

    As they say, illegal aliens are a problem in Australia — ask any aboriginal.

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