This first segment has some interesting tidbits. According to Mexicans Without Borders, there aren’t illegal aliens, only people with “paperwork problems”. Perhaps best is the statement by Steinbach that “we [Mexicans Without Borders] have never, ever engaged in fear-mongering”.
I’m sure the following statement Mexicans Without Borders made to the Prince William County Human Rights Commission isn’t fear-mongering:
By denying certain residents of medical assistance puts the entire community at a health risk.
This resolution will also severely increase racial division among the residents of the county by pitting citizens against non-citizens and creating an atmosphere of privilege for the citizen class.
It will divide and destroy families by forcing the separation of citizen children from non-citizen parents and splitting apart families that are comprised of both citizen and non-citizens.
This measure creates an authoritarian, apartheid like county that would require residents to carry and produce citizenship credentials in order to engage in their daily lives.
And I’m sure that telling people at the Prince William Board of County Supervisors meetings that police are going to be stationed at the public libraries to arrest illegal aliens if they try to enter isn’t fear-mongering. Or that people would be pulled over by the police and checked for legal status if they looked different. Or that children would be barred from entering public schools. No, when they made those statements, that wasn’t fear-mongering.
Nor would this statement from their website constitute fear-mongering:
The effect of this resolution is to instill in the Latino community an atmosphere of terror, desperation, and a feeling of discrimination. It is patently designed to divide the community by promoting xenophobia and hatred. The Woodbridge Workers Committee views this action as discriminatory and racist…
Or this one, from the same page:
This resolution will create an Apartheid-like system reminiscent of the pre-Civil War “Slave Patrols” checking for permits carried by slaves while traveling off the plantation.
No, they’ve never, ever engaged in fear-mongering. Saying that Prince William County is engaging in “the new apartheid”, that immigrants will be hounded by slave patrols, and that the Rule of Law Resolution is an attempt to terrorize innocent people isn’t fear-mongering.
Because for these folks, language means what you want it to mean, at the time a certain interpretation is convenient. Here’s what I’m talking about:
To be anti-capitalist anti-imperialist in the capital of the most terrorist country of world-wide history and not to question the commitments or challenges, to us would free the critics and outside the play.
To folks who can possibly warp their minds into thinking that this makes any sense, to engage in fear-mongering a critical requirement has to be met: You have to be a capitalist. Only capitalists can engage in fear-mongering. Everyone else is “speaking truth to power”.
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