Huckleby wrote:Detritus wrote:First of all, they're not "illegals." It is not illegal to be in the country without valid documentation.
I could be wrong, but I think technically it is illegal to be here without valid documentation, however it is not a crime. Administrative law still counts as a law. But hey, I'm not a lawyer, I just play one in the forum.
Well, I don't want to put words in Detritus' mouth, but I think he's pointing out that the term "illegals" is inherently offensive. When you say "illegal" alien, that's an adjective to describe an alien. But "illegals" is a noun and seems to imply that there is something illegal about them as people. That's offensive. If "undocumented workers" is too flowery, or implies they're working when you suspect they aren't, fine. But Republicans use of the word "illegals" is no more accidental than their use of the term "Democrat Party." It's dog whistle politics and even if you don't see the offensive nature of the word "illegals," the people you're referring to do.