Jim Terry
Who are they?
By Jim Terry
July 31, 2016

Last week at the Republican National Convention, three speakers described how they had lost loved ones at the hands of illegal aliens. And, all three speakers referred to the perpetrators as illegal aliens.

Over the years, we have bandied about the proper terminology for those who enter the country illegally.

Politicians who favor the continued invasion of aliens from other nations, and liberals, have attempted to paint these trespassers with the most kind words they can think of and often quote the reminder that "America is a country of immigrants." The number of illegal aliens in the United States is an unknown. Estimates have ranged from 11 million to 20 million. Both those estimates far exceed the two largest military invasion forces in history – Operation Barbarossa with 4 million troops and the D-Day invasion with 3 million troops.

Long ago I understood that whoever defines the words controls the argument. Liberals have been outstanding in re-defining words to describe their misshapen view of the world.

Those who cross our borders without our permission are alternately called illegal aliens, illegal immigrants, and the ultimate liberal compliment, undocumented persons.

This week at the Democrat National Convention, Democrats worshiped these self-described undocumented workers and undocumented students by having them speak to the delegates. Noticeable behind one of these speakers was a sign that read, "No human is illegal." That sentiment applies in the Democrat mind unless the human is yet to be born.

Our current immigration laws were passed by the people's representatives and signed into law by whoever was president at the time. These laws are constitutional, valid, and enforceable. Yet, for political reasons, Republicans and Democrats who have taken an oath to uphold our constitution and laws have violated their oaths by not enforcing our immigration laws. So, who are these millions of trespassers?

According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), an alien is "An individual who is not a U.S. citizen or U.S. national." That's simple. Every individual in the United States who is not a US citizen or a US national is an alien.

What, then, is an immigrant? Again, I turn to the IRS, which defines an immigrant as "An alien who has been granted the right by the USCIS to reside permanently in the United States and to work without restrictions in the United States." The USCIS is the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

The IRS also defines a non-immigrant as "An alien who has been granted the right by the USCIS to reside temporarily in the United States."

Nowhere in these IRS definitions are the terms illegal immigrant or undocumented worker found. However, one definition which stands out is that of illegal alien.
    Illegal Alien

    Also known as an "Undocumented Alien" is an alien who has entered the United States illegally and is deportable if apprehended, or an alien who entered the United States legally but who has fallen "out of status" and is deportable.
When a conservative says, "America is a nation of immigrants," it refers to those who make application to the sovereign government of the United States of America for legal entry and who follow the laws of this sovereign nation in their migration to this country. Many wait for years to reach this goal. Yet, they comply with the laws of this sovereign nation.

When a liberal says, "America is a nation of immigrants," it refers to those who our government has defined by law. They are not immigrants, at all. They are illegal aliens. What's more, they are criminals.

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Jim Terry has worked in Republican grassroots politics for 40 years. Terry was an administrative assistant to a Republican elected official in Dallas for twenty years. In 1996, he ran for and was elected to Justice Court 2 in Dallas County where he served eight years. Contact Jim at tr4guy62@yahoo.com


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