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“For Decades, I Have Cringed Whenever Someone Called Me ‘Illegal’”

When it comes to how immigration is discussed on television—and throughout the news media in general—it was a typical news segment. At the CNN studio in New York City, I sat across from anchor Don Lemon while Derrick Morgan of the Heritage Foundation spoke via satellite from Washington, D.C. …

When it comes to how immigration is discussed on television—and throughout the news media in general—it was a typical news segment. At the CNN studio in New York City, I sat across from anchor Don Lemon while Derrick Morgan of the Heritage Foundation spoke via satellite from Washington, D.C. As an undocumented immigrant, I was there to represent the “pro” side, while Morgan took the “anti” side, the topic being immigration reform—specifically, the Republican opposition to President Obama’s then-impending announcement on an executive order on immigration. But the moment Morgan characterized Obama’s possible actions as “executive amnesty”—which Morgan did in his very first sentence, saying “amnesty” nine times in less than five minutes—I flinched.

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