Wherever The DREAM May Lead Us [An Education For All]

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Recently, the conversation around the use of the word “illegal immigrant” came to a precipice when the New York Times’ public editor said there was nothing wrong with using the phrase. Writers like Jose Antonio Vargas and institutions like Univision chimed in, and rightly so. “Illegal immigrant” suggests that the immigrant themselves is illegal. The very term suggests that these men, women, and children who migrate live an existence of …

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The Case for “Undocumented” and Against “Illegal”

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This afternoon, I posted a status on my Facebook, asking: Where do you see the difference between calling a certain sector of our society “illegal immigrants” or “undocumented workers.” I’ll remove the names, but the answers varied. Some postulated that there is no difference; getting one’s legalization forms “or papers” is what’s important. There’s an argument there, and I’ll discuss that later. I agreed with most of my friends who …