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  • lindseywiltse replied to a comment by Suzanne Wrede

    Why It's Up to Us to Change the Future For Undocumented Youth via magazine.good.is

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    Suzanne Wrede10 months ago

    Hmm, I think sometimes we all use terms that we don't understand. I have a hard time understanding your use of "xenophobic" in response to a concern about dwindling American resources. You could use a term like "misinformed" if you feel there is no current path to citizen available and put forth supportable economic numbers that show revenue is greater than expenditures for illegal/undocumented immigrants. But I don't see how anyone has indicated abnormal fear or hatred of the strange or foreign. You might want to add some definitions to your "PC Lines and Phrases to Use for Liberals" handbook.

    lindseywiltse10 months ago

    Hmm, Suzanne. While I appreciate your assumption that I am a blind liberal who relies on catchphrases and terms I do not quite grasp, my use of Xenophobic was deliberate and precise. I was referring to the statement that those who are in this country should return or stay in their homelands- as though reigning in cultural and state boundaries have ever been a reasonable fix. So to put your Dictionary.com definition to use, the abnormal fear or hatred comes when the us versus them mentality is espoused as reasonable, because the "illegals" should "go back to their own country" because they're only legal to "go on welfare and be a drain on resources", to quickly summarize what was stated. So yes, that is xenophobia- a fear that the unknown and non-"American" person who is in the country.

    But I understand that sometimes we all try and act as authorities on concepts we do not quite understand. Along with online dictionary resources, I would recommend doing some reading on citizenship, nationalism, and the state to understand why this is xenophobic and not simply "misinformed", focusing on authors such as Jyoti Puri, Benedict Anderson, Geoff Eley, Ronald Suny, and Anthony Giddens.

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  • lindseywiltse replied to a comment by Donna Dupree

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    Donna Dupree10 months ago

    There is already a pathway to citizenship and countless numbers of Americans have followed it. Illegals are illegals. Period. Those who have worked through the proper channels, have entered the country legally, and paying taxes and living as Americans have earned the right. Many who are now illegally in this country will become legalized only to go on welfare and be a further drain on our over-stretched resources. If they want citizenship, they have the option to get it the way that is already laid out for them. Better yet - why not stay in their own countries and work to make them better places to live so they will want to stay in their own homelands and help them grow to greatness.

    lindseywiltse10 months ago

    The ignorance in this comment is outstanding. You are luckily so privileged that you have never needed to work the numerous roadblocks to American citizenship, which is even more limited when you are non-white. Quit being xenophobic.

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