Language and the Politicization of Refugees

by Keith Taylor

Language is powerful, potentially dangerous but also potentially liberating. We have a crisis of displaced children at the US border, coming to seek asylum from Western funded paramilitaries (particularly in Honduras). Many have families who have been murdered, left homeless. Heart-wrenching.

Now. Call them “illegal immigrants.” Don’t mention why these “illegals” came to the US. Go to Drudge Report to read these made up stories of new diseases being brought to the US by these “illegals.” Also, to the stories on Limbaugh or Hannity (I have) about how these children -er, sorry… ILLEGALS…- are a secret plot by the Democrats to change the conservative foundations of the US. 

This is how political ideology dehumanizes. This is how CHILDREN are made to be enemies, CHILDREN whose parents have been murdered or are under constant threat of it. 

Please don’t let people get away politicizing children. These children need help. They need caring homes. They don’t need to become the latest prop in our reckless partisan media machine. Stop the dehumanization. These are children. It doesn’t get any simpler to understand.