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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentImmigration · 9 years ago

Why are some folks unable to make a distinction between Legal Immigrants and Illegal Aliens?

To suggest that an Illegal Alien is an immigrant implies that you must then believe a drug dealer is no different than a Pharmacist.

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  • 9 years ago
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    Not that I expect to be heard but even the United States Citizen and Immigration Services is unable to make the distinction between the two. Are you then able to make a distinction between illegal immigrants and legal aliens?

    The site glossary does not list "illegal" or "legal". However here is what is recognized as their definition of alien and immigrant.

    "Alien"

    "Any person not a citizen or national of the United States."

    http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5a...

    "Immigrant

    See "Permanent Resident Alien"

    http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5a...

    "Permanent Resident Alien

    An alien admitted to the United States as a lawful permanent resident. Permanent residents are also commonly referred to as immigrants; however, the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) broadly defines an immigrant as any alien in the United States, except one legally admitted under specific nonimmigrant categories (INA section 101(a)(15)). An illegal alien who entered the United States without inspection, for example, would be strictly defined as an immigrant under the INA but is not a permanent resident alien. Lawful permanent residents are legally accorded the privilege of residing permanently in the United States. They may be issued immigrant visas by the Department of State overseas or adjusted to permanent resident status by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the United States."

    http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5a...

    Where is the confusion? Read again. "An illegal alien who entered the United States without inspection, for example, would be strictly defined as an immigrant under the INA but is not a permanent resident alien."

    So they recognize "alien" but not "immigrant" yet an illegal alien...would be defined as an immigrant under the INA. Yes, INA or Immigration and Nationality Act the law that governs immigration as a whole.

    So if anyone were to really believe that a drug dealer can not be defined as an unlicensed pharmacist then explain why an alien cant be an immigrant unless you are using the definition of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

    And I ask why is there a "Immigration Judge" and not an "Alien" judge?

    "Immigration Judge

    An attorney appointed by the Attorney General to act as an administrative judge within the Executive Office for Immigration Review. They are qualified to conduct specified classes of proceedings, including removal proceedings."

    http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5a...

    You have to love our laws the average person can not understand or follow them but they certainly can be tried by them.

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  • Meh
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    9 years ago

    They know the difference but they use the term to soften what they are. The deception on their part is calculated. It is similar to the user here that run 20+ accounts to make their pro-criminal position look more accepted.

    They also use it to attempt to make those with the opposing opinion appear to be xenophobic. It is unsuccessful.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    They know, they are just clutching at anything.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Touché !!!!

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