"By saying illegal, they're assuming that we broke a criminal law," said Jackeline Saavedra, 27, of Bay Shore, a Touro Law Center student who identified herself as undocumented. "Not everybody enters illegally."If someone enters the country without legal authority or over stays their visa and remains in the country without legal authority, they are breaking the law. They are immigrants in the country illegally. They are illegal immigrants. They ARE illegals!
Whether the law is civil or criminal makes no difference. The law clearly states the punishment for being in this country illegal is deportation, not a fine, not jail time, but a one way ticket out. While the first offense is only a misdemeanor, repeated offenses are felonies. Likewise, aiding and abetting illegal immigration is also a felony, in some cases punishable by death should an illegal immigrant die in the commission of the act, per Section 8 USC 1324(a)(1)(A)(iv)(b)(iii).
Illegal immigrants are not undocumented, their paper work hasn't been lost or delayed, it doesn't exist. Illegals have NOT been given permission to be in the country, period.
By their logic I have to ask, is a speeder an undocumented race car driver for not have permission to exceed the posted speed limit? Is a burglar an undocumented house guest for not having permission to come into someone's home and remove property? Is a rapist an undocumented lover for having sex with someone without their permission? Is a murder an undocumented executioner because they don't have permission to kill?
If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, it's a duck, not an undocumented chicken.