Likewise, immigrants — aliens who have decided to reside in the United States — can either be legal immigrants or illegal immigrants. They remain aliens unless and until they become citizens.
Some illegal immigrants might eventually apply for and receive lawful status in the United States. Yet if their lawful status comes at the expense of a quota-limited permit category, then they have cut in line and delayed the admission of law-abiding people who are still waiting to enter.
There is no such thing as an “undocumented immigrant.” DACA participants, in particular, are not undocumented. They corroborate their applications with documentation and they even receive documents from the federal government. CNN contributor Ruben Navarette says the phrase “undocumented immigrant” is “politically correct, but it’s also absurd. Most of these people have plenty of documents.”
True. An alien who indefinitely overstays his nonimmigrant visa, for example, possesses every document necessary for lawful entry. But he has chosen to break the law, instead, and has thus become an illegal immigrant.
The word “unauthorized” is at best synonymous with the correct term “illegal.” Nonetheless, like any euphemism, “unauthorized” is an obfuscation. It misleads people away from the fact that federal law determines immigration standards. As the DACA program itself admits, “Only the Congress, acting through its legislative authority, can confer [immigration] rights.”
Breaking immigration law is illegal. It carries serious civil and criminal consequences. And it bears directly upon America’s sovereignty as a nation.
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