Let us say, for example, you are a Mexican national working in the United States. You came to the U.S. on a work visa that expired one year ago. What is the best way to describe your situation? Pick one from Column A and one word from Column B.
Let us say you are a Guatemalan national living in the U.S. You entered the U.S. over the Texas-Mexico border without any entry documents. What is the best way to describe your situation? Pick one word from Column A and one word from Column B.
There is no correct answer. For the most part U.S. media calls all the people in this country who lack legal status: “Illegal Immigrants.” Many find this phrase offensive. It suggests that someone is guilty who has never been charged with a crime or offense.
Which is the phrase you prefer?
out of status individual
without papers resident
your suggestion your suggestion
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