According to immigration attorney Susan Church, “illegal immigration” is something Fox News created to describe people who enter the U.S. illegally.
Church made the claim on Friday while discussing illegal immigration with Monica Crowley, who filled in as a guest host for Bill O’Reilly.
Newsbusters’ Tim Graham wrote:
Crowley invited on Steven Camerota of the Center for Immigration Studies as a critic, and immigration lawyer Susan Church to argue for Obama. Church couldn’t even agree that someone sneaking into the country was “illegal.” She insisted that was a “misnomer of Fox News.” It’s simply a “civil violation.” So we should call them “civil violation aliens”?
Dictionary.com defines “misnomer” as:
1. a misapplied or inappropriate name or designation.
2. an error in naming a person or thing.
Graham provides a transcript of the exchange:
CROWLEY: Susan, we’re either a nation of laws or we’re not. So why is this administration, then, rewarding the illegal act of entering the country in violation of our laws?
SUSAN CHURCH, IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY: Well, first of all, it’s funny that you say the term 2 million, because there’s only 300,000 immigrants currently in deportation proceedings, and believe it or not, sometimes it’s actually difficult to get into deportation proceedings. So this only applies to an extremely small number of immigrants. Within that subset of 300,000, no one with any criminal history whatsoever will be included. The categories are even more narrow for people –
CROWLEY: But Susan –
CHURCH: If I could finish, the categories are even –
CROWLEY: If they entered the country illegally, doesn’t that make them a criminal?
CHURCH: No, that’s a misnomer of Fox News, it’s a civil violation.
On Thursday, President Obama bypassed Congress and unilaterally decreed a de facto amnesty for hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants currently in the nation.
Camerota blasted the President’s decision, calling it “basically lawmaking by judicial fiat.”
“This didn’t go through congress,” he said. “This wasn’t passed into law but in effect, it goes around the law and he’s using his authority as president to essentially make law and it’s a kind of lawlessness and it’s an administrative amnesty, plain and simple.”
Graham reports that Crowley asked Camerota about the President’s earlier statement that he did not have the authority to do what he did earlier in the week:
CROWLEY: Steven, let me ask you, the president, as I mentioned to Susan, the president has said for a long time, he lacked the authority to do this. And then he looked at those polls numbers and I guess he found the authority under a seat cushion or something this week.
CAMEROTA: Well, right. You’d like to introduce the current president to the one back in May who explicitly said “look, our system doesn’t work this way. I can’t take whole big categories of people, you know, and just say we’re not going to arrest them.” But that’s exactly what the memo said in June. And now this, possibly we’re talking millions of people are covered by the prior announcement and now this one who are just simply not going to be arrested.
One might think illegal immigration is something that only impacts southern border states, but the issue affects all Americans.
During the 2010 midterm elections, illegal immigrants canvassed neighborhoods in the Seattle area for Democrat Patty Murray, who won her re-election bid against Dino Rossi.
The group responsible – One America Votes – was fined $3000 by the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission for failure “to timely register as a political committee and timely report contributions and expenditures related to the 2010 elections.” Half of the fine was suspended.
Illegal immigration played a huge role in the race for Idaho’s 1st Congressional District, when Democratic incumbent Walt Minnick accused Tea Party favorite Raul Labrador of being soft on illegal immigration. Labrador – himself an immigration attorney – won the election and is currently serving his first term in Congress.
Note to Susan Church: Those who enter the country illegally are illegal immigrants, and Fox News did not create the term.
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