Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Bill would mandate nicer term for illegals

Florida news:
TALLAHASSEE -- A state legislator whose district is home to thousands of Caribbean immigrants wants to ban the term "illegal alien" from the state's official documents."I personally find the word 'alien' offensive when applied to individuals, especially to children," said Sen. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami. "An alien to me is someone from out of space."
I am going to give her the benefit of the doubt, and assume she said "outer space".
"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.
If their parents are really immigrants trying to become citizens, then they are documented. They have papers that describe their status. The term "undocumented" is incorrect. I'm also not sure why she says "no fault of their own". She seems to be confused about what these terms mean.

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