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View Poll Results: What does the average person think a UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT is
An illegal alien 17 94.44%
Someone with a green card but not yet a citizen 0 0%
Someone who left their immigration documents at home 1 5.56%
Voters: 18. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-31-2007, 04:20 AM
 
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Have you seen the "man on the street" interviews? I am sad to tell you that the average person may know what Paris Hilton is up to but does not know much about politics or current events. I suspect they think that a undocumented immigrant is someone who is here legally but does not have their citizenship papers yet and assumes that they are just being discriminated against because of their background. The term is used to confuse people. If you throw in the catcall phrase that "we are all immigrants" or "American is a land of immigrants", then the open border people have most people supporting illegal aliens.
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Old 12-31-2007, 06:29 AM
 
Location: NJ/NY
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The term is very misleading. "Undocumented Immigrant" makes it sound like they belong here. Like, ohh, he is an immigrant...he just doesn't have the documents yet. Those documents will be along any day now.

There are a lot of ways one can play with words. This term is just an invention of the illegals...more likely by their sympathizers in an attempt to make us accept them without question.
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Old 12-31-2007, 07:18 AM
 
Location: Mesa, Az
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Undocumented immigrant here in Arizona=illegal alien (or immigrant).
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Old 12-31-2007, 07:28 AM
 
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None of the above. Most of the time when I see undocumented it is followed by the word worker, and when I see illegal it is followed by the word alien. Lets not play games with semantics
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Old 12-31-2007, 12:14 PM
 
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The lack of understanding of the term is the goal---and the purpose--of PC. That's what PC (Political Correctness) DOES--it uses euphemisms to take the 'sting' out of harsh facts and terms...it's easy to get mad at an 'illegal alien'---sounds pretty negative. But 'undocumented immigrant'?---shucks, that just sounds like someone who hasn't yet gotten their car registered--or their plumber's license renewed. Sounds pretty unimportant.

PC can be used to sway public opinion on any number of emotionally-charged issues. A vicious jerk who beats up his wife doesn't sound so bad if we can remember he's really just a guy with "anger-management issues". A drunk driver isn't really 'bad'....he's just a person with substance-abuse problems. Oftentimes, here in Calif., illegals are simply referred to as 'immigrants'....and who can get mad at 'immigrants', since we're ALL immigrants? It's like referring to shoplifters as 'shoppers', which they are. Shoppers just like US, except they've skipped a step in the 'shopping process'......
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Old 12-31-2007, 01:50 PM
 
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People know what the term undocumented immigrant means. There's no confusion.

This is all PC driven. The appropriate and correct term is illegal alien. But the PC driven pro-illegal liberals here in the US want the term to evolve into undocumented immigrant, because it somewhat legitimizes the illegal aliens presence here. Plus, when local governments, like San Francisco, give illegal aliens identity documents, all the sudden undocumented immigrants become immigrants with documents.
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Old 12-31-2007, 02:50 PM
 
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I prefer "permanent tourist"...which can work BOTH ways on the border, right?:

http://www.kerman94.com/mexicotourism.html
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Old 12-02-2008, 10:16 PM
 
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The term is very misleading. "Undocumented Immigrant" makes it sound like they belong here. Like, ohh, he is an immigrant...he just doesn't have the documents yet. Those documents will be along any day now.

There are a lot of ways one can play with words. This term is just an invention of the illegals...more likely by their sympathizers in an attempt to make us accept them without question.
The term is toally intentional, to make fools believe the illegals are on the way to documentation. It also makes the politicians who like the concept look good to the illegals.
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