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Illegal Alien or Undocumented Immigrant.. Are they really the same thing?

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posted on Aug, 13 2008 @ 09:15 AM
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I've seen these two terms frequently being used interchangeably, and it makes me wonder... Are they really talking about the same group of people? I've never really thought of Mexicans as being particularly alien in nature..

alien
adj.
1. Owing political allegiance to another country or government; foreign: alien residents.
2. Belonging to, characteristic of, or constituting another and very different place, society, or person; strange. See Synonyms at foreign.
3. Dissimilar, inconsistent, or opposed, as in nature: emotions alien to her temperament.
n.
1. An unnaturalized foreign resident of a country. Also called noncitizen.
2. A person from another and very different family, people, or place.
3. A person who is not included in a group; an outsider.
4. A creature from outer space: a story about an invasion of aliens.
5. Ecology An organism, especially a plant or animal, that occurs in or is naturalized in a region to which it is not native.

Is this simply the use of various euphemisms to describe individuals that enter our country without proper documentation, or are there really two separate groups being defined?

Could the term "undocumented immigrant" refer to individuals that cross our borders from other countries without official permission, while the term "Illegal alien" refers to beings of an extraterrestrial origin that have entered our planet/country illegally?

Is there a secret alien registration department that we are not aware of ? Could all the confusing terminology being used be an attempt to deceive, inveigle and obfuscate the truth as Fox Mulder believes?



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