Calling an illegal immigrant an "undocumented immigrant" is like calling someone who is breaking and entering into your home an "undocumented tenant".

This is coming from a person who believes illegal immigrants are not worth our time or money to prevent and, if we werent a welfare state, I'd be pushing for open borders.

@freemo should we call people "illegals" when they drive 30 in a 20? No, we call them a speeder. We describe the crime they committed. That's the same thing with "undocumented immigrant"; it describes what they did.

Relatedly, why is "illegal" never used to refer to someone from Britain or Canada who overstayed their visa, it seems to only be used to refer to brown skinned people (citizen, documented, or undocumented)

@trianglman "illegal immigration" and "illegal immigrant" refers to the the action of immigration being illegal.

So yes we DO. When someone drives 30 in a 20 zone we say they are "illegally driving", or "illegal driving" or if we want to be specific "illegal speeding".

So yes we do it all the time, when someone does something illegally we call that act illegal, nothing new there.

@freemo Immigration is not illegal. This sort of blurring is why this semantic argument matters. The usage of "illegal immigrant" (or worse, just "illegals") is a dog whistle to say brown people aren't welcome here.

Pretty much outside of this analogy, "illegal driver" is not used. Especially not in comparison with "speeder" (if they were interchangeable, even if one was not as popular, you'd expect a closer split; this split is as close to no correlation as you can get)

Bend over backward and lie to yourself to justify this bigotry all you want, but don't try to pretend to the rest of the world that it's the logical or just action.

@trianglman Also the difference between "speeder" and "driver" really depends on contect. If for example a police officer was giving an announcement about how they were going to crack down on all sorts of illegal driving from DUI to speeding they might say "We want to get illegal drivers off the road". No one would bat an eye at this.

The only reason it sounds unusual is we dont usually have a context come up where it applies, namely a group of people doing illegal things under a particular category en mass. When we do this sort of language is perfectly natural.

@freemo @trianglman but your example absolutely disproves your point: traffic laws are amongst the most broken, and still I haven't heard the term "illegal drivers".

@cm It is no different with illegal immigration. If they talk about a particular instance they are more specific. Instead of saying "He illegally immigrated" they might say "he crossed the border illegally". The only time "illegal immigrants" are used is when talking about the group en mass, and specifically of all forms of illegal immigration (cross border illegally, gettign a week travel visa and staying for years, etc).

Same as we might expect a cop talking about traffic. If it is the holiday and they are being specific to DUI they will say "Drunk drivers" because its more specific. There is rarely a crack down on all illegal drivers its usually a crack down on something specific like speeding or drunk driving.


This level of bigoted contortions is just sad. Just say you don't see these people as human and leave it at that.

"Illegal" is not used to describe any other human, regardless of their criminal behavior, no matter how much you say they could be. It is exclusively used to describe immigrants of color (here legally or not). It is incredibly less accurate than literally any other moniker you could come up with.


@trianglman Stop being a troll and go away now. Not only do I see them as human I am an immigrant living in another country, learning their language and at times having been an illegal immigrant.

We are not describing the human as illegal, we are describing the immigration as illegal, just as i used it to describe my own immigration status when I was in another country illegally.

I dont mind your argument or stance, but when you make it personal with absolutely no justification the only person who looks like a biggoted ass is you.


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@freemo You expressly said you were NOT an illegal immigrant and didn't want anyone calling you one; you just joked about your actions being illegal. You're lying about things you said just a few toots ago.

You are describing the human as illegal. The phrase you use is "illegal immigrant" "illegal" is an adjective modifying the noun "immigrant" (a human). It is not an adverb not that there is a verb or adjective to modify. And that's where it's not just shortened to the noun "illegal."

I am 100% intolerant of bigotry. I wear that proudly. You want to dehumanize people, I will call you out on it and I will not tolerate it. You might not want to make it personal to you, but it absolutely is personal to the people you are dehumanizing.

@trianglman You read what you wanted to read, I never said I wasnt an illegal nor did I say i didnt want to be called one, but rather the exact opposit. I stated clearly that I was Illegal and would refer to myself as "illegal" as did my friends.

What i did say however is that the word "immigrant" didnt apply to me at the time because I didnt immigrate there at the time. I NEVER objected to the word illegal being used to refer to me, I gave the example of "being here illegally" but it also applys to many other terms used to describe me "Illegal visitor", "illegal resident" etc, all of which I used to describe myself and my friends did as well while there. I did go on to explain why the word "immigrant" didnt apply to me, but thats neither here nor there.

But hey whatever you need to tell yourself to keep justifying the trolling. Again, it isnt welcome here, nor is bigotry. But poiinting out something is illegal when it is in fact illegal is perfectly acceptable.

No one here wants to dehumanize people, thats just what you have convinced yourself so you could keep being an ass and everyone thinks your fighting the good fight. Agaain if you were talking to someone who actually was being mean to a particular race then by all means id support you. but your doing nothing but making an ass of yourself and what you stand for. So again, go away until you decide to actually not troll.

You literally are telling someone who was an illegal resident what they can or cant call themselves and others in the same boat as me and then trying to tell me I'm the one who is being the bigot.

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