So "Undocumented American" is the new politically correct euphemism? Impressive -- but they're still violating the law.
Cutesy nomenclature for this issue don't make a difficult issue any easier. "Illegal alien" is unambiguous: non-Americans who are in this country without benefit of legal status.
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
He had to go to one of the few doctors certified to conduct these physicals and pay through the nose. It took him a full year to get citizenship. The stories he told were baffling. Now imagine if he was from Nigeria or Mexico.
No, it isn't. Have you seen what's involved in becoming a citizen of, say, Japan? Switzerland? New Zealand?
I'm not sure I'm parsing this correctly, but the children of undocumented aliens who are born in the U.S. are not undocumented Americans; they are just Americans.
No, it associates that thing with illegality. If someone is in this country without benefit of legal status, that person is here illegally. Is it a "crime"? That's beside the point and simply muddies the water.
The thing that continues to perplex me about this debate is the fact that, for some reason, entering the United States and living here illegally is somehow not considered breaking the law.
Should children be "punished" by being deported to their home country? Well, should they benefit from the illegal acts of their parents?
There's an odd and inappropriate romanticization of illegal immigration that ignores the very real costs even to those who play by the rules.
Because no one wants to live in Iowa. They're not going to go to Iowa, they're going to crowd into the cites and live shoulder to shoulder with people like me.
I also wonder what the point of having a country is if you're just supposed to let everybody in it.
Pfff, that's easy. Just do what the non-porous countries do - keep records of who crosses the borders. The USA doesn't do this, it only records arrivals, not departures
It is a policy, just one you happen to disagree with. Let longtime undocumented people stay means that the requirement for US citizen ship is to live here illegally under the radar for time T and then that's it.
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