An alien who has been granted the right by the USCIS to reside permanently in the United States and to work without restrictions in the United States.
An alien who has been granted the right by the USCIS to reside temporarily in the United States.
Also known as an "Undocumented Alien," is an alien who has entered the United States illegally and is deportable if apprehended, or an alien who entered the United States legally but who has fallen "out of status" and is deportable.
A Harley rider is passing
the zoo, when he sees a little girl leaning
into the lion's cage. Suddenly, the lion grabs
her by the cuff of her jacket and tries to pull
her inside to slaughter her, under the eyes of
her screaming parents. The biker jumps off his
bike, runs to the cage and hits the lion square
on the nose with a powerful punch. Whimpering
from the pain, the lion jumps back letting go
of the girl, and the biker brings her to her
terrified parents, who thank him endlessly.
A reporter has watched the
whole event. The reporter says, "Sir, this was
the most brave and gallant thing I saw a man do
in my whole life." The biker replies, "Why, it
was nothing, really, the lion was behind bars.
I just saw this little kid in danger, and acted
as I felt right." The reporter says, "Well, I'm
a journalist from The New York Times, and
tomorrow's paper will have this story on the
front page ... So, what do you do for a living
and what political affiliation do you have?"
The biker replies, "I'm a
U.S. Marine and a Republican."
The following morning the
biker buys The New York Times to see if it
indeed brings news of his actions, and reads,
on the front page:
U.S. MARINE ASSAULTS
AFRICAN IMMIGRANT AND STEALS HIS LUNCH!
Burglars are not uninvited
Car-jackers are not under-rated drivers.
Bank robbers are not making unauthorized withdrawals.
Illegal aliens are not undocumented immigrants.
The correct terminology
for the nearly 20 million persons illegally in the U.S. is illegal
aliens. The term undocumented immigrants
is purposely incorrect in order to sway
the public in favor of special interest groups and only clouds the
reality of the situation. Most undocumented border crossers never had a document to lose. The incorrect and understated
implication is that legal status can be achieved merely by completing
some paperwork. By law the illegal alien must leave the country
in order to apply through the proper immigration procedure.
politically correct term undocumented immigrant started with
former INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) Commissioner
Leonel J. Castillo during the Carter Administration (1977-81).
The word undocumented wormed its way from the widely
discredited and now defunct INS to politically-correct media, cheap
labor corporations, ethnic vote pandering politicians, and
pro-illegal alien 'rights' organizations, many of which are race
biased. Even the highest officials including
President Bush and former House Minority
Leader Richard Gephardt pander to the extent they even call illegal
An alien is a person who
comes from a foreign country. The term illegal alien is broader
and more accurate because it includes
undocumented aliens and nonimmigrant visa overstayers.
An undocumented alien is an individual who has entered the U.S.
illegally, without entry documentation. Any alien who
violates the terms of his or her admission may be deemed to be out
of status. Becoming out of status occurs when a
nonimmigrant remains in the United States beyond the expiration
date of their visa or when a nonimmigrant engages in employment
in the United States for which she is not authorized.
60% of the illegal alien population are
undocumented aliens and about 40% are nonimmigrant visa
Thus, the term illegal alien, being broader in scope, is the
accurate term to use.
In that immigrant connotes
legality, the term illegal immigrant is really an
though common usage of immigrant
has been broadly applied to those illegally in the U. S., such usage
is incorrect for the following reasons:
as "a person who comes to a country to take up PERMANENT
residence." Thus, the term immigrant does not always apply
to transient illegal aliens who frequently cross the porous U.S.
border. Further, without amnesty or other change of status,
illegal aliens are subject to deportation and have no legal
assurance of permanent residency.
Many visas are classified as
including the J-1 visa for exchange students. Many foreign
students overstay their nonimmigrant visa and then are
inaccurately called an illegal immigrant. How does
expiration of a nonimmigrant visa make that person an
illegal immigrant? A person who overstays a
nonimmigrant visa should be properly described as an illegal
and persons illegally
present in the United States."
Although the Census Bureau
does not have the courage to use the category illegal aliens
the important point is that "persons illegally present in the
United States" are NOT categorized as immigrants. Immigrants,
by definition, are legal and illegal aliens, by
definition, are illegal.
poll taken in early 2004 by Andres McKenna Polling and Research
found that 73 percent saw noncitizens as "illegal aliens," while 25
percent saw them as "undocumented workers." Yet how often
do you read newspapers or hear politicians use the term "illegal
aliens"? See Disconnect.
Sins of the Pulp Peddlers
(Newspaper's immigration articles):
Heavy use of euphemisms to avoid reality and law,
Constant illegal alien sob stories but rarely a citizen sob story,
Racially-oriented content greatly outweighing the negative
impacts and rule of law views, and
General refusal to disclose immigration status of criminals
charged with crimes.
Some have stated that
an issue is unlikely to progress if the newspapers were not
in favor. Fortunately those days are gone. The
vast majority of newspapers were in favor of the recent
AMNESTY proposals not only in editorials but in news content
as well. Newspapers spun the recent AMNESTY defeat as
"Senate drops the ball on immigration."
Now for the rest of the
story, from the internet. The defeat of the recent AMNESTY was a populist
revolt by citizens against a bumbling, dysfunctional,
corporate-owned government that has failed to accede to
citizen demands for immigration enforcement. The
populist revolt was brought about by many grass roots
organizations successfully utilizing the internet and talk
It should be clear that
newspapers, or Pulp Peddlers as this site likes to refer to
them, have not and will not adequately report the views of
the vast majority of citizens who demand immigration
enforcement. Yes, we can and should criticize
newspapers for their writing failures but a more expedient
and effective approach is to transition citizens in search
of immigration information away from newspapers and toward
the internet and talk radio.
Some alternative sources of immigration are in the column to the right.
Alternative Sources of Immigration News
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links anywhere to immigration enforcement national sites. The
number of sites has exploded in numbers in recent years showing the
concern (anger) over America's illegal invasion crisis.
Most complete links anywhere to immigration enforcement state
organizations. The number of organizations has exploded in
numbers in recent years showing the concern (anger) over America's
illegal invasion crisis.
world is changing too quickly to depend on newspapers for their
biased, slow information.
those who support the rule of law are called racist, those who
oppose the rule of law should be deemed anti-American.
government not loyal to her citizens will become a mere
Pro-AMNESTY is pro-invasion. Pro-invasion is anti-citizen.
democracy need not be a bumbling, dysfunctional corporate-owned
immigration on the scale US is experiencing is invasion, not
Newspapers - your source for illegal alien sob stories, but not
citizen sob stories.
Build the fence!
It's the law!
noise - make lots of noise!
Criminalizing the Presence of Illegal
You are free to go Mr. Bank Robber because the
police only saw you in the bank vault at 2 AM, they did not see you
break in. It's goofy, of course, but that is the analogy as it
relates to immigration law.
Immigration law treats the presence of an
illegal alien differently than other criminal actions such as illegal
Immigration law, like tax code, is a body of
code separate from criminal law and is civil and not criminal in nature.
Enforcement and adjudication of immigration law is handled through
processes separate from criminal law. Reflecting the civil nature of
immigration law the presence of an illegal alien in the US is a
"violation", not a "crime" such as a misdemeanor or felony in criminal
law. However, many acts associated with illegal immigration such as
illegal entry are indeed criminal acts punishable by fines and
imprisonment. Proposed legislation such as HR 4437 corrects the
presence legal ambiguity.
The United States
shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican
Form of Government, and shall
protect each of them against Invasion; and on
Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when
the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic
"Our cities will not be flooded with a million
Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy,
during debate of the Immigration Act of 1965
"This amnesty will give citizenship to only 1.1 to 1.3 million
illegal aliens. We will secure the borders henceforth. We will never
again bring forward another amnesty bill like this."
Sen. Edward "Ted" Kennedy, D-Mass, regarding an amnesty bill passed in 1986
roundtable: How we refer to immigrants
This an excellent discussion on terminology. Rosemary Jenks
of NumbersUSA is absolutely correct.