Yesterday’s news article by KRDO bore the title, “Trump says US is already sending migrants to sanctuary cities.” We hear all kinds of terms being used — WRONGLY — by mudstream media to describe undocumented aliens, including migrants, immigrants, refuges, asylum seekers, whatever.
That’s NOT what they are.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the federal agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. They handle all aspects of foreigners who want to come to the United States.
Unless you’re referring to people who travel from one state to another for work, there are no such things as “migrants” in the U.S. That’s a grossly misleading term and a serious violation of journalistic ethics and integrity to continue to toss around a term that has zero meaning in our country.
Here in these United States and Territories, there are precisely SIX — and ONLY SIX — categories of persons into which 100% i.e. EVERYONE falls:
1. U.S. Citizens – ONLY U.S. Citizens are authorized to vote in federal elections. People become U.S. Citizens either by birth or by going through the naturalization process.
2. U.S. National – those persons who were born in American Samoa or the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands
3. Compact of Free Association – citizens of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Marshall Islands, or the Republic of Palau.
4. Immigrant Alien – an alien who has been granted the right by USCIS to reside permanently in the U.S. and to work without restrictions. ONLY immigrant aliens are authorized to apply for naturalization to become a U.S. Citizen. Often referred to as “permanent residents.”
5. Nonimmigrant Alien – an alien who has been granted the right to reside temporarily in the U.S. Some are employable (foreign workers here on business). Some are not (tourists or those visiting family)
6. Undocumented Alien – an alien who either entered the U.S. illegally, who overstayed their visa, or who had USCIS authorization revoked for just cause; commonly called “illegal alien.” The media often, but wrongly/incorrectly refers to them as “migrants,” “immigrants,” “refugees” and “asylum seekers” but they are NONE OF THOSE and for one simple reason: The moment they entered the U.S. illegally, they committed a crime, and criminals are NOT allowed to become U.S. Citizens.
When the media uses terms like “migrants” and other FALSE FLAG terms they FAIL in their duty as journalists to be clear and concise. They FAIL to properly describe which of the six 100% comprehensive categories into which everyone falls.
So, media — do your homework. Use the CORRECT TERMINOLOGY.
And in case you forget, here’s a handy Media Guide!
Again, the Census is around the corner, but a Yale study has already identified 29.5 million “illegal immigrants.” If the illegal count is low, then it’ll show up in the results.
Whatever you do, please do NOT call them “illegal immigrants.” That’s an oxymoron.
Aside from U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals and CFAs, all of which may freely come and go across U.S. borders, there are only three other categories of people in the United States:
Immigrant Aliens: Applied for and approved by USCIS to reside permanently. Issued I-551 aka green cards.
Nonimmigrant Aliens: Holders of a temporary visa for the purpose of tourism, visiting friends and relatives, and conducting business.
Undocumented Aliens: Fence-jumpers or former nonimmigrant aliens who overstayed their visas. Deportable upon apprehension.
By definition, immigrants are here legally, so they can’t be legal. By contrast, those who’re here illegally are NOT “immigrants.”
Only those who’re approved by USCIS for immigration are immigrants. The rest are either nonimmigrant aliens or undocumented aliens.
Don’t cross terms! Use the correct terms. 🙂