When terms matter - The percentage of immigrants here legally & the stunning percentage that aren't:
Bottom Line: The term immigrant has too often been used ubiquitously. That's highly irresponsible and disrespectful to the legal immigrants. First let's take a look at the latest research (aggregated by the Pew Research Center):
- 33.8 million Legal immigrants
- 11 million illegal immigrants
So first a stunning 24.5% of "immigrants" are here illegally. That shows how pervasive the illegal immigration issue has been. Too often when some are attempting to play politics - an important slight is occurring when all immigrants (legal and illegal) are combined into a ubiquitous term for political purposes. First, we're a country of laws. Would you want to be grouped with federal criminals (which illegal immigrants are)?
Second, it's a disservice to those who did make the extraordinary effort to become a legal American citizen. That's seemingly lost in the shuffle as they're used as political pawns by partisans. That's wrong. They deserve better and it's yet one more reason why illegal immigration needs to be reigned in.