The debate "Resident Alien is a deceitful phrase for illegal immigrant" was started by
December 17, 2017, 4:46 am.
5 people are on the agree side of this discussion, while 1 person is on the disagree side.
There needs to be more votes to see what the common perception is.
It looks like most of the people in this community are on the agreeing side of this statement.
dalton7532 posted 1 argument to the agreers part.
dalton7532, taha, Masonearl and 2 visitors agree.
1 visitor disagrees.
to summarize, resident alien and unnaturalized citizen are both misleading for illegal immigrants. undocumented migrant seems both PC and accurate. I like undocumented migrant.
unnaturalized citizen implies they are a citizen. specifically one who was born here and did not need to be "naturalized" like someone who has to take the test.
the problem with term illegal immigrant (personally I don't care but neither do I care to just use the term assuming it's not stupid) is that they are here illegally but they themselves are not illegal. like the common line they use "a human cannot be illegal, they can only be here illegally".
I don't see what's wrong with undocumented migrant. they are migrant/immigrants (anyone who crosses the border to stay by any means or method is some form of migrant) and they really are undocumented which also clearly states illegal. I see nothing wrong with the term they suggest. It's simple, straightforward, and accurate.
I looked up that term. to be a resident alien you need to have a green card. meaning they aren't illegal immigrants. they legally allowed to reside in the US, but aren't a citizen.
I was helping someone with homework, and they wanted you to refer as a unnaturalized citizen as a Resident alien. The one thing wrong with that is you would never infer that they are here illegally without added context. It would be much better as illegal immigrant or unnaturalized citizen.