- Politics and Social Issues
John McCain Prefers to Use "Illegal" Immigrants
John McCain Word Choice is Supported by Immigration Definitions
John McCain referred to undocumented immigrants as "illegal" during a town hall in Arizona and when asked to stop using the word, he refused to do so. He added that "illegal" and "undocumented" were the same thing and could be used interchangedly.
Many people still use the word "Illegal" when referring to undocumented immigrants. Sadly, the terms used by immigration officials mirrors McCain's remarks. I have seen green cards and they have words like "resident alien." Immigration officials consider immigrants as aliens. An alien is basically someone from another planet or maybe even out of space.
In additon, immigrants need to embrace America as their country. I have heard so many immigrants refer to America as the" strange or foreign land." This is partly because many of them wish they were back in their country and came to America for a better economic status.
Nonetheless, the victims of Hurricane Katrina were referred to as refugees in newspapers until Oprah Winfrey asked them to stop calling them that.
Does the use of "illegal" and even "refugee" mean that we have a problem with people who are not like us?
Some people still do.