Rep. Conyers: They’re not ‘illegal immigrants,’ they’re ‘out of status’ Americans

People who enter America illegally or overstay their visas aren’t “illegal immigrants.” They’re “out of status” new Americans, Dem Rep. John Conyers explained at a House Judiciary hearing on immigration Tuesday.

Conyers also called illegal immigrants “citizens” before catching himself:

I hope no one uses the term “illegal immigrants” here today. Our citizens are not … the people in this country are not illegal, they are out of status, they are new Americans that are immigrants, and I think that we can forge a path to citizenship that will be able to pass muster.

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  • Steve_J

    They aren’t illegal immigrants. They are illegal aliens.

    • Kevin Krom

      I prefer “criminal alien invaders”, myself, but to each his own.

    • texaswc

      same thing…immigrants/aliens…just semantics….and regardless of what term we use, they are here illegally, that’s all that really matters….it seems the liberals have forgotten what the word “illegal” even means…..

    • Todd Hill

      I agree. I also prefer to call them illegal aliens because the term “alien” is one
      that is used by the USCIS to describe any non-citizen. My wife’s
      permanent resident alien card (aka the “green card”) is a perfect
      example of that.

      Why the feds would shy away from their own official language is beyond me. They will always be illegal aliens in my mind, even if granted amnesty, and I’ll do everything in my power to remind them of it.


    • Elaine

      Exactly right and they they don’t like that definition, either. Can I just call them “dependents” when I file my taxes?”

  • TugboatPhil

    I don’t want any special treatment from the government. I only want to be treated like an illegal alien.

  • kch50428

    And shoplifters are “consumers with undocumented deferred payment plans”… what a load of bovine processed feed grains.

  • austin feathers

    Michigan keeps electing him. Speaks volumes!

    • Karl Morey

      Ugh, I know. Unfortunately, he represents a good chunk of the east side of Detroit and its easterly suburbs, bordering the river and Lake St. Claire. Basically, a rock-solid constituency that will likely KEEP electing Dems.

    • detroit19

      Detroit keeps electing him which does, indeed, speak volumes

      • Judy B

        Proves you can’t fix “stupid”, it’s contagious & terminal

  • Citizen0000

    Because calling things exactly what they are could hurt someone’s feelings #whatadope

  • CR

    Drug dealers= Unlicensed pharmacists
    Murderers = Post-fetal abortion providers
    Burglars = Non-optional home clean-out specialists

    • missskw15

      Thieves = Unreceipted customers

  • TocksNedlog

    “It’s no fun, being an out-of-status A•mer•i•can.”

    • CPBinDC

      but the benefits package is extremely attractive

  • TocksNedlog

    Politically correct, factually untrue.

  • Joe W.

    Round ’em up and deport them all. They broke our laws by coming here. Either laws matter and are enforced, or they don’t matter and will be overlooked. Think I’ll go rob a bank or something…Laws don’t seem to matter to Mr. Conyers or his moon bat pals.

    • DaProf

      If we could do the same with Congress…round them up and put them in a FEMA camp. Time length: As long as they were in office.


    They are just what you wife is MR. CONYERS, CRIMINALS.

  • walterc

    And a bank robber is an out of status depositor.

    What a moron. My apologies to morons everywhere.

  • cfc1905

    “out of status”?? No they aren’t, they have a status — Illeagal

  • susan schneider

    LMAO nope the are here ILLEGALLY and that is what they are ILLGALS not new or out of status

  • journogal

    Why doesn’t he speak honestly and say they are “undocumented Democrat voters.”

  • FLEE

    They’re not “Drug Dealers”… They are “Undocumented Pharmacists”.

  • kateorjane

    This man is truly losing touch with reality. Illegal immigrants are not Americans and certainly not citizen – even pending. Their status is illegal as far as America is concerned.

  • Maxx

    …yes and a home invader at 2 am in the morning isn’t looking to commit a crime Conyers, they’re just trying to figure out why someone left the porch light on.


  • Poopiekins22

    Poster child for the need of term limits.

    • SlimWich

      This one should have been nipped in the bud with a simple knowledge test before he even made it to the ballot. How anyone could listen to this moron speak and pull the lever for him even once is beyond my ken.

    • austin feathers

      I am familiar with his frequent gaffes, but I did not realize he has been serving since 65′. I was born in 65!

  • PennyRobinsonFanClub

    What an embarrassment. I’m getting to be on a reverse trajectory from Madame Michelle, for the first time in my life I’m getting to be ashamed of this country.

  • thepoliticalchef

    Reblogged this on Thepoliticalchef's Blog and commented:
    When in sweet heavens will we STOP listening to these people? Good friggin grief…

  • DizzyMissL

    I prefer the term illegal ALIENS

  • grais

    When will Hank Johnson tell of his worry that the U.S. will tip over with all these out of status individuals?

    jaysis h, who elects the idiots?

    • Noah Lee

      Hank Johnson is too busy looking at shiny things and clapping his hands gleefully to comment on the situation.

    • Jim Denney

      Detroit. This idiot has been in Congress since the mid-60s.

  • gracepmc

    Typical. Start by refusing to correctly identify the problem.

  • Red Fred

    Time to clean these people from their positions for failure to uphold the law and their constitutional oath. Despicable.

  • Chris Furgerson

    Another reason to want to hide, we send Conyers, Stabenow, and Levin to Congress from Michigan… of course, NY has Schumer…

  • DANEgerus

    Mrs Conyers is not ‘in jail’ she’s ‘unavailable for comment’

  • CPBinDC

    If I was in Mexico illegally, I would be called “inmate”

    • Elaine


  • ConcernedOne


    Illegal Alien=CRIMINAL

  • Peyton

    How about we just start using criminal immigrants then?

  • Kijafha Twothousandeleven

    Eliminating words for illegal aliens eliminates discussions about illegal aliens. I say we go back to calling them wet backs.

    Wet Back: illegal worker; from the Mexican slang term “mojado” meaning
    “wet” (slang for illegal) and the term “back” meaning worker, similar to
    “hand” in the term “ranch hand”. This term was originally used by
    illegal aliens and the corrupt businesses that employed them. It only
    became derogatory when Americans began using it to talk about illegal

  • DaProf

    Any firearms I have won’t be illegal..just “out of status” and so they’ll get government benefits! Cleaning kits! Ammo! Maybe even night sights.

  • Michael Anderson (WB)

    There’s got to be some sort of unwritten rule for Congress, something like anyone with an IQ greater than 80 is disqualified.

  • John Kerry’s Forehead

    I cling to my out of status modern sporting rifle and 30covers round magazine

  • Infinite_Indeterminism

    They are not out of status – they are out of excuses…

    …and Mr. Conyers is out of just about everything…

  • Ben Bollman

    They are not “out of status” and they are not “Americans”

  • $1014973

    The dimwits of the CBC strike once again.

  • BeeKaaay

    Politicians = Bovine Excerment Dispensers.