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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentImmigration · 1 month ago

What's the difference between an illegal immigrant and an undocumented immigrant?

I'm curious to know what's the difference between an illegal immigrant and an undocumented immigrant? Please give me details with a source or 2 with your answers, if any of you can! That'd be very greatly appreciated. A source or 2 with each and every answer isn't exactly needed, but it's very much preferred.

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  • 1 month ago
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    An 'undocumented immigrant' is generally not undocumented.  Dictionary.com defines undocumented as 'lacking documentation or authentication'.   Most do have documents from their home country.  The correct wording is 'entered without inspection' meaning there is no record of entry.*

    An 'undocumented immigrant' may not be an immigrant either as that is a question of intent.  Dictionary.com defines an immigrant as 'a person who comes to live permanently in a foreign country'.

    Many so called 'undocumented immigrants' have no intention of remaining permanently in the country they have gone to and do have identity documents.  Orwellian double speak is much favoured by the Liberal Lefties.

    The correct description for someone that has entered a foreign country (any country) without inspection is illegal alien.  That avoids the question of intent as well as the document issue.

    *An undocumented alien may not have entered illegally.  I met a homeless man on the streets of NYC who was an overstay from the UK and desperate to get home but had lost all his documents.  I helped him get to the British Consulate who got him home.

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    Illegal immigrant: probably entered without inspection/permission 

    Undocumented : they entered legally on a visa but once their permission expires they become out of status if they don’t go back to their home country. 

  • 1 month ago

    BOTH ARE HERE ILLEGALLY, either by sneaking in or by coming in LEGALLY then NOT RENEWING their LEGAL STATUS. BOTH ARE ILLEGALS and SHOULD BE ROUNDED UP AND DEPORTED..

  • Foofa
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Both are euphemisms for the DHS statutory term of "illegal alien". These are concocted by the AP Stylebook (that most news organizations use) and they do change over time given public sensibilities. You can purchase the 2020-2022 AP Stylebook here - https://www.amazon.com/Associated-Press-Stylebook-...

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  • 1 month ago

    An "Undocumented Immigrant" is just a word used by the Propagandist in the US Media to get the brain dead Sheep to think breaking Laws is no big deal !

    There is no real difference !

  • Maxi
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Nothing they both mean the same thing

  • 1 month ago

    Calling illegal aliens "undocumented" is a ploy by the pro-lawbreaker lobby to make it sound like it's simply a matter of paperwork when it is in fact violating visa/immigration laws. The "undocumented" are all illegal aliens - lawbreakers. And all of them can get passports or other travel documents from their own countries' consulates to return to their own countries. Their children all hold birthright citizenship in their parents' country of citizenship & parents can get their children passports from their own country & take their children home with them without any visa or immigration hassles. 

  • helene
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    There is no difference. Liberals use "undocumented" because it sounds softer than "illegal."

    But they mean the same thing. Neither came here legally, and neither have the right to stay.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Papers please. 

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