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Dear Editor:
Daniel M. Kowalski's letter to the Editor opines that the use of the term illegal alien is improper or at least too harsh and that we should refer to them as undocumented or something less offensive. Those who wish to be strictly accurate will continue to utilize the former term which as he states, includes the INS, the BIA and the Courts. From the dictionary, illegal: "Not according to or authorized by law." and alien: "Relating, belonging, or owing allegiance to another country or government". So illegal alien is the precise, legal term to employ for those who circumvent our borders and/or immigration policies. Then why do so many people want to violate the great specificity of the English language by labelling those who enter our country illegally with titles like undocumented workers? Because they are afraid of the R word (racist) which is used to describe anyone who speaks out against this travesty of those who invade our country and/or to ease the conscience of those who assist them. For such xenomaniacs and patriotic challenged souls, there are a plethora of similar terms available. Some of them besides undocumented, and undocumented workers, are: undocumented immigrants, undocumented Mexicans, immigrants, illegal immigrants, illegal residents, foreign-born, foreign-born workers, foreign-born inmate, foreign-born newcomers, lower-wage illegal workers, migrant workers, alien absconders, guest workers, border crossers, foreign nationals, Mexicans, Mexican nationals, Mexican-born expatriates, Hispanic immigrants, Spanish speakers, Hispanics, under-banked, under-served population, newcomers, illegal newcomers, poor immigrants, entrants, Hispanic Community citizens, border jumpers, visitors, or Latinos. However, in using these, one should not further delude him or her self into thinking that any of these terms are the correct one as, in fact, these are the "phony" terms. Under the US Code of Criminal Justice, USC. Section 1325, foreign nationals who illegally enter the US are criminals. What part of illegal alien is so hard for some to understand, accept or say?

R. L. Ranger



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