Twitter is once again gaining the national spotlight for being ridiculously left-wing in the application of their rules, after they rejected a group’s ad for “hateful content” after they spotted the phrase “illegal alien” in the copy.
Which is strange because that’s actually what folks who cross the border without our legal permission are. Aliens. Who are here illegally. They aren’t “undocumented immigrants.” The term alien literally means “belonging to a foreign nation or country.”
Twitter’s only response to an inquiry about why promotion of the tweets was rejected: “We’ve reviewed your tweets and confirmed that it is ineligible to participate in the Twitter Ads program at this time based on our Hateful Content policy. Violating content includes, but is not limited to, that which is hate speech or advocacy against a protected group.”
Fox News reported that “the tweet in question featured a video from a political news site. The video of ‘illegal aliens pouring across the border,’ CIS argued, ‘reminds us why we need a wall,’ ” Fox wrote.
But CIS said the term “illegal alien” is correct and “has been used in both federal law and by the Supreme Court.”
1/ Twitter is not allowing us to promote any tweets including the phrase "illegal alien(s)", citing it as Hateful Content. However, the phrase "illegal aliens" has been used in both federal law and by the Supreme Court.
— Center for Immigration Studies (@CIS_org) September 11, 2018
Hans von Spakovsky, a legal fellow with the Heritage Foundation, recently stated that the term “illegal alien” is actually a very precise term in law. Here’s a small bit of commentary he wrote on the subject:
‘Alien’—rather than ‘immigrant’—is the correct legal term, since ‘alien’ is defined in 8 U.S.C. §1101 (a)(3) as ‘any person not a citizen or national of the United States.’
Precision in the law is a vital principle, since the exact words used in statutes, regulations, contracts, guidance documents, and policy statements can significantly affect how they are applied and interpreted.
This is the kind of insanity that rolls out of a culture obsessed with political correctness and desperate not to hurt anyone’s feelings. The phrase is not derogatory. It’s the correct term and it’s important to call things by their proper labels, because when you stop doing that, especially to appear more “tolerant” you change the definition of important terms.
When these definitions change, which is exactly what liberals want, previously unacceptable behaviors and ideas suddenly get welcomed into the mix.
Source: Daily Wire
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