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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Words mean things-even if those words are "undocumented immigrant"



I keep hearing from the pundits and reading in the news about people being upset because of the immigration policy that President Trump is trying to enforce because it is unfair to undocumented immigrants.  

Well, words mean things, even when sugar-coated. So, let's look at a breakdown...

According to Meriam-Webster.com, let's define the following -

undocumented
not documented: such as :  not supported by documentary evidence <undocumented expenditures>b :  lacking documents required for legal immigration or residence <undocumented workers>

immigrant
 a person who comes to a country to take up permanent residence

illegal
not according to or authorized by law :  unlawful, illicit; also :  not sanctioned by official rules (as of a game)

alien
relating, belonging, or owing allegiance to another country or government :  foreign <alien residents>


To summarize- If you are an immigrant you are taking up permanent residence, but if you do not have legal documentation to do so, that makes your being here illegal.  Since you are not from the USA to begin with, you are from a foreign country. Being from a foreign country makes you an alien.  Therefore, undocumented immigrants are illegal aliens.  I remember about a decade ago when there was a big push to use the euphemism "undocumented immigrant" instead of illegal alien, because it sounded better.  Well, it might have sounded better to some, but it doesn't change the truth.  Those people broke the law by coming here illegally, it's just that simple.  

If someone passed away, they are no less dead. Being vertically challenged, doesn't make me any taller, and if I'm between jobs, I'm still unemployed.  

Being politically correct, which is why this all started to begin with, doesn't make the issue change or the problems go away.  We need to have an immigration plan that protects AMERICANS.  We need to secure our borders to help protect AMERICANS, and we need to do it sooner rather than later.



Next week we will look at the word REFUGEE...  





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