[Ed. – Thus accurately reflecting the status of illegal migrants under the law.]
In recent press releases, the Department of Justice has been using the phrase “illegal alien” to define illegal immigrants.
“So-called ‘sanctuary’ policies make all of us less safe because they intentionally undermined our laws and protect illegal aliens who have committed crimes,” the DOJ announced last week.
As expected, the critics are out in full force.
Some are calling it “legally inaccurate.”
“They’re using a legally inaccurate term that’s deployed to unfairly label and scapegoat people who are out of status due to a variety of systemic circumstances,” Xakota Espinoza from the Center for Racial Justice Innovation, told LawNewz.com.
[R]ead Heritage’s take on why the term “illegal alien” is wholly appropriate. As they note, even the Supreme Court has employed the phrase.