As the nation begins to tackle the issue of immigration, a conservative group has sent via e-mail a list of “dos and don’ts” to Republican lawmakers in Capitol Hill. The memo by the Hispanic Leadership Network gives advice to lawmakers avoiding phrases like “send them all back” and labels like “anchor baby” as they address and discuss immigration proposals.
“Tone and rhetoric will be key in the days and weeks ahead as both liberals and conservatives lay out their perspectives,” wrote Jennifer Korn, executive director of HLN in an email that was distributed on Monday night. “Please consider these tonally sensitive messaging points as you discuss immigration, regardless of your position.”
The advice comes on the eve of President Barack Obama’s immigration address and after a bipartisan group of Senators proposed an immigration deal providing a path to citizenship to the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country. HLN asks Senators to base their immigration “guiding principles” in the ideals that we are a “nation of immigrants.”
The memo is broken down into key points that could arise as the Senators discuss immigration – including the issue of securing our borders, temporary visas and amnesty.
“When talking about immigrants,” the memo reads, “do use undocumented immigrant when referring to those here without documentation. Don’t use the world ‘illegals’ or ‘aliens.’”
HLN goes on to advice that the Republican members avoid referencing or relating President Ronald Reagan’s immigration reform, which they write was “true amnesty” compared to the recently proposed reform.