Wednesday, February 28, 2007

'Illegal alien' causing controversy

Perhaps controversy is too strong of a word, but Florida lawmakers want to ban the phrase: 'illegal alien'. In an effort to be more politically correct, the lawmaker argues that considering people an 'alien' is demeaning. From the article:
"There are students in our schools whose parents are trying to become citizens and we shouldn't label them," she said. "They are immigrants, through no fault of their own, not aliens."

Wilson said the first word isn't as bad as the second.

"'Illegal,' I can live with, but I like 'undocumented' better," she said.
An alien means that you are not from that place. It is a general term that has been used for years. Calling them 'undocumented' almost sounds as though they deserve to be here. They don't deserve to be here until they do so legally. Until they do so legally, I will consider them to be illegal aliens.

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