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University of Maryland Promoting 'Inclusive Language' to Avoid Offending Illegal Immigrants

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Once upon a time, colleges were places where the truth was held as important. Truth might have been up for debate, but willfully presenting falsehoods wasn’t tolerated.  At the University of Maryland, those days are officially dead.

University officials have created a website designed to discourage calling illegal immigrants “illegal.”  The fact that they broke the law in coming into the country is completely irrelevant, apparently.

The University of Maryland has created a website to welcome illegal immigrant students and teach the campus community to use “inclusive language” so as not to offend them.

The site, which is funded by the school’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion along with several other administrative offices and departments, offers resources for both faculty and staff to create “a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students, including undocumented students.”

The page goes beyond providing resources and information for undocumented students, and includes a list of things that faculty and staff can do to “create a welcoming environment for undocumented students.”

Notably, the list (which is also available as a flyer) promotes “inclusive language” because “the term ‘illegal alien’ can make students feel unwelcome.” In place of “illegal alien,” UMD suggests alternative terms such as “undocumented student,” “undocumented immigrant,” “people without documents,” or “people without legal status.”

Make them feel “unwelcome”?  I guess the fact that there are laws in place that say what illegal immigrants did was wrong and that they should be sent back to wherever they come from doesn’t do that enough already?

Seriously, these people are the same ones trying to figure out how Donald Trump got elected, aren’t they?

While our immigration system is seriously broken, it’s still the proper process to go through before entering this country.  Sure, the insane length of time it takes to get legal permission to immigrate may also encourage people to come into the country illegally, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s still illegal.

Meanwhile, we have a publicly funded college seeking to make sure illegals feel perfectly welcome in their taxpayer-funded halls.

If that wasn’t enough derp for you, we also see this:

Furthermore, it is not acceptable to “inquire about a student’s immigration status,” according to the guidelines, because “educators and other personnel should not make assumptions about students’ immigration status.”

You’d think a college would have someone they can run logic by. For example, how is someone making an assumption about anyone’s immigration status by asking? People ask things because they don’t know and they don’t want to make an assumption.

What the University of Maryland really means is they actually want faculty to make that assumption — they just want them to assume all is well.

Meanwhile, taxpayer funds are going toward a program that is designed to make people who have broken the law feel far more comfortable on campus.