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Dear Editor:

I appreciate the need for sensitivity, even with the arguably over-sensitive (in our firm we rarely use the a-word unless we're quoting a statute), but no one has said what they call the foreign-born, non-US citizen, non-national instead of "alien." Can anyone offer any suggestions for an exact synonym? "Non-citizen" isn't it, because a non-citizen who's a national (e.g. a citizen of American Samoa) is not an alien under INA Sec. 103(a)(3). "Immigrant" obviously only works some of the time, likewise "applicant." "Individual" is a possibility. Let's try and help those colleagues who'd like to avoid giving offense but are thesaurustically challenged.

J. Hanson, Attorney at Law
Sacramento, CA


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