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Vargas’ essay renews attention to media’s use of ‘illegal’ & ‘undocumented’

There are 3 comments on the www.poynter.org story from Jul 1, 2011, titled Vargas’ essay renews attention to media’s use of ‘illegal’ & ‘undocumented’. In it, www.poynter.org reports that:

Should journalists call Jose Antonio Vargas an illegal immigrant or an undocumented one?

Discussions about how to refer to an immigrant who isn’t authorized to live in the U.S. have popped up periodically in newsrooms. But Vargas’ recent New York Times essay — and his stature as high-profile, Pulitzer-winning journalist — has thrust the media into a bigger role in the debate.

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#1 Jul 1, 2011
Should journalists call Jose Antonio Vargas an illegal immigrant or an undocumented one?

Neither, they should call him what he is...An ILLEGAL ALIEN!
Care to know why?
He is here in violation of US immigration laws.(The illegal part.)
And the word alien is used in our immigration laws to define someone that is here but not a citizen of the US.(The alien part.)

The USCIS even uses the term illegal alien.
To make it even easier on those that have difficulty with this nomenclature is the USCIS glossary:

http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuit...

under Permanent Resident Alien:

An alien admitted to the United States as a lawful permanent resident. Permanent residents are also commonly referred to as immigrants; however, the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) broadly defines an immigrant as any alien in the United States, except one legally admitted under specific nonimmigrant categories (INA section 101(a)(15)).

An illegal alien (oh my, where did that come from?)who entered the United States without inspection, for example, would be strictly defined as an immigrant under the INA but is not a permanent resident alien. Lawful permanent residents are legally accorded the privilege of residing permanently in the United States. They may be issued immigrant visas by the Department of State overseas or adjusted to permanent resident status by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the United States.
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#2 Jul 1, 2011
Not only is he an illegal alien, but he's one who has engaged in further attempts to hide his identity and legitimize himself. Those further attempts were felonies, BTW. The media and the left's continued conflation of the terms illegal alien and "undocumented" are seen by many/most as an attempt to soften the crimes, not as some sort of legally advised caution, as the word alleged usually denotes.

The media needs to get a little more honest in its reporting of the facts. Illegal aliens are just that. They are not undocumented; at the very least, they are allegedly illegal. They are never immigrants. That's the proper term for someone who has come here legally.

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#3 Jul 1, 2011
Both comments are spot on target...

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