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Dear Editor:

It is true that language changes with the times. It is also true that society changes faster than the law. Look at internet law, for example. Law often comes as a reaction, a response to an issue that arises often enough to require a statute. It is up to us particularly, as advocates for immigrants, to use language that is not perjorative in reference to our clients. Congress (especially an anti-immigrant Congress) is not going to take it upon themselves to find more appropriate language in an effort to give dignity and humanity to "persons who are not citizens and nationals of the US." It is up to us to give a human face to undocumented immigrants and people holding immigrant visas and non-immigrant visas. One way to do that is to discourage, not continue, the use of the term "alien" when referring to people who are just like us, they just happen to hold citizenship in another country.

MH


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