If Jose Antonio Vargas had his way, the word “illegal” would be illegal.
Vargas, by the way, is an illegal immigrant who also happens to be an activist. And he doesn’t believe it’s right to call people who are in the country illegally, “illegal.”
… Vargas is not the first to suggest such a thing.
In 2013, the UCLA student government set out to ban the phrase “illegal immigrant,” claiming it violates human rights.
In August 2011, immigration attorney Susan Church called the phrase a “misnomer of Fox News,” claiming that immigrants who come into the country illegally are committing a “civil violation.”
In April 2012, Moveon.org posted a video that claimed calling illegal immigrants “illegal” fits the definition of a hate crime….