A writer for the ultra-liberal Slate stretched the bounds of logic Sunday when he told an MSNBC panel that Americans have a strange idea that people from other countries are foreigners.
Jamelle Bouie made this observation on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show during a discussion on the crisis at the U.S.-Mexican border.
Bouie’s comment was prompted by an equally illogical statement by Harris-Perry that people often consider immigrants who illegally cross the border to be “criminal or illegal in some way.”
He agreed, and added that “We have a longstanding idea … that immigrants from Mexico, immigrants from Central America, immigrants from South America are somehow foreign to this country.”
Well, aren’t they? Dictionary.com defines “foreign” as follows:
1. of, pertaining to, or derived from another country or nation; not native: foreign cars.
2. of or pertaining to contact or dealings with other countries; connected with foreign affairs.
3. external to one’s own country or nation: a foreign country.
4. carried on abroad, or with other countries: foreign trade.
5. belonging to or coming from another district, province, etc.
A dictionary is a good thing to consult from time-to-time — especially for someone who calls himself a writer.
Watch the MSNBC clip below, via SooperMexican.