When political correctness becomes law, it’s a clear violation of the First Amendment protected right to free speech, but Congressman Juaquin Castro (D-TX) appears unconcerned about trampling on constitutionally protected rights of Americans.
Castro recently introduced the Correcting Hurtful and Alienating Names in Government Expression Act. His bill would ban the use of ‘alien’ and ‘illegal alien’ from all federal signage and literature. Commenting about his bill, Castro stated:
“America is a nation of immigrants, yet our federal government continues to use terms that dehumanize and ostracize those in our society who happen to have been born elsewhere.
“Regardless of status, immigrants to our nation are first and foremost human beings. Removing the term ‘alien’ from our federal laws shows respect to our shared heritage and to the hundreds of millions of descendants of immigrants who call America home.
“Words matter, particularly in the context of an issue as contentious as immigration.
“Discontinuing our use of the term ‘alien’ will help lessen the prejudice and vitriol that for too long have poisoned our nation’s discussions around immigration reform.”
This isn’t the first time Congress has sought to ban official uses of terms. In the past, they banned using the word “lunatic” and “mentally retarded” because they deemed them offensive. This is the same argument being used by Castro to ban alien and illegal alien.
Instead of demanding justice and enforcing existing federal immigration laws, Castro doesn’t want American citizens to think of illegals as “illegal.”
Castro’s bill is similar to what the British did 240 years ago. The British crown actually banned using terms and language it deemed were anti-British. No freedom of speech under British rule existed– and now America, if Castro has his way, is quickly returning to this same form of tyranny, which led to the American Revolution. The Patriots fought against tyranny then, and perhaps it’s time for them to fight against the same tyranny now.
Voting is one action, but it’s not enough. Americans must contact their representatives in Congress and urge them to vote no on Castro’s anti-First Amendment bill. Americans must defend and fight for their constitutional rights.