The Truth about Amnesty for Immigrants
by David L. Wilson, MRZine
August 12, 2009
"Amnesty" has become one of the dirtiest words in U.S. politics. Immigration opponents use it to attack any plan -- however restrictive and punitive -- to regularize the status of the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country. Immigration advocates avoid the word, substituting euphemisms like "a path to citizenship."
...The irony of amnesty is that working people in this country would support it overwhelmingly if they knew the truth about it. The fact that the word itself has become unmentionable is a triumph of negative marketing by the corporate media, comparable to the PR campaign that made meaningful health care reform anathema to many of the people whose lives literally depend on it. [...]
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