View Poll Results: Is the term "illegal alien" offensive?

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    Re: "Illegal Alien"

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    Agree, but what good does it do to call them illegals??
    It's an accurate description of their status in the United States, along the lines of citizen, legal permanent resident, etc. It's a description of their immigration status.

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    Re: "Illegal Alien"

    Quote Originally Posted by Travelsonic View Post
    I don't feel it offensive.

    The smartass in me calls it inaccurate - the ailiens part.

    That wiseass complex works like this:

    They are immigrants

    They entered illegally

    Therefore the correct term is "illegal immigrant(s)"

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    Technically "alien" is accurate.

    Main Entry: 1alien
    Pronunciation: \ˈā-lē-ən, ˈāl-yən\
    Function: adjective
    Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin alienus, from alius
    Date: 14th century
    1 a : belonging or relating to another person, place, or thing : strange b : relating, belonging, or owing allegiance to another country or government : foreign c : exotic 1
    2 : differing in nature or character typically to the point of incompatibility
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    Re: "Illegal Alien"

    Who cares if it's offensive? Them being in my country illegally is offensive but you don't hear the liberals whine about that, do you?

    We're calling them what they are. Deal with it.
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    Re: "Illegal Alien"

    The term "alien" specifically is a propagandistic one used to convey an image of severe detachment and a complete and utter lack of commonalities between U.S. citizens and illegal immigrants. It's thus used to escape serious consideration or analysis of the general topic, which is why the authoritarian and anti-immigration talking heads are usually largely ignorant of the legitimate economic consequences of illegal immigrants' presence and their own proposed policies.

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    Re: "Illegal Alien"

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    Agree, but what good does it do to call them illegals??
    And if they are offended, they can return to their home, or better yet, complain to the President.
    To differentiate them from legal aliens.
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    Re: "Illegal Alien"

    I have no problem with illegal alien, but "illegals" by itself seems dehumanizing.
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    Re: "Illegal Alien"

    Quote Originally Posted by the makeout hobo View Post
    I have no problem with illegal alien, but "illegals" by itself seems dehumanizing.
    Actually, I'd say that both terms are used as elements of the propaganda that I mentioned.

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    Re: "Illegal Alien"

    It's funny. This issue is not really a right vs left issue as everyone can see.

    The sad part is it is a very good example of how right or left, Republican or Democrat our government cares about nothing but voting blocks. They do not represent the interests of the people on this issue. They have not for years, and still we elect the same party's into office.
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    Re: "Illegal Alien"

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    Re: "Illegal Alien"

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackdog View Post
    It's funny. This issue is not really a right vs left issue as everyone can see.
    That's true. It's related to the fact that there's no viable left in the U.S. and therefore few people willing to advocate a truly libertarian approach to illegal immigration that involves the rollback of trade liberalization and consequent reduction of international wage differentials.

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