If Democrats refer to illegal aliens as “undocumented migrants,” Americans won’t believe they are serious about stopping illegal immigration, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) once cautioned.
In a June 24, 2009 speech to the Migration Policy Institute, Schumer issued the warning while unequivocally declaring illegal immigration “wrong”:
“We must create a system that converts the current flow of unskilled illegal immigrants into the United States into a more manageable and controlled flow of legal immigrants who can be absorbed by our economy. The first of these seven principles is that illegal immigration is wrong, plain and simple.
“When we use phrases like ‘undocumented workers,’ we convey a message to the American people that their Government is not serious about combating illegal immigration, which the American people overwhelmingly oppose.”
“People who enter the United States without our permission are illegal aliens,” Schumer reiterated, calling for politicians to be proactive, not reactive, in “responding to future waves of illegal immigration”:
“Above all else, the American people want their government to be serious about protecting the public, enforcing the rule of law, and creating a rational system of legal immigration that will proactively fit our needs rather than reactively responding to future waves of illegal immigration.
“People who enter the United States without our permission are illegal aliens, and illegal aliens should not be treated the same as people who entered the United States legally.”
What’s more, “The American people will never accept immigration reform” if they don’t believe the government is seriously “committed to ending future illegal immigration”:
“To the advocates for strong, fair, effective, and comprehensive immigration reform, I say to you that the American people will never accept immigration reform unless they truly believe that their government is committed to ending future illegal immigration and any successful comprehensive immigration reform bill must recognize this fact.”