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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

WHAT PART OF ILLEGAL DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND?

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The New York Times has, in many respects, become the conscience of the nation as we are pulled back to an era of xenophobia not seen in this country since the early 20th century.

Here's another great editorial on the subject.



One of the more interesting points in this article is how charged the term "illegal alien" has become. Those of you who read this blog know that I avoid the term for precisely this reason. The term is a technical one and it should not be necessary to avoid using it to describe a person's immigration status. But it has taken on a hateful connotation in the minds of many.



Yesterday,  ILW.com posted an interesting discussion on Wikipedia yesterday that provides excellent analysis on the use of terminology and the immigration crisis. I have been using the clunky term "unlawfully present immigrant" on this blog for a while, but that's too long. I did see a term in the article I had not seen before and which does a better job than "illegal immigrant." So I will now use the term "unauthorized immigrant".

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  1. Legal and waiting's Avatar
    Excellent article.
  2. drew from immigrants list's Avatar
    So who was writing for Wikipedia?
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