Quite a lot, actually, and the Left has this right—even if they’re on the wrong side of the naming question. DoJ has begun referring to those who’ve entered the US illegally as “illegal aliens,” and the Left has gotten its collective panties in a twist over it.
Here’s Chicago Tribune journalist Todd Slowik:
The phrase “illegal alien” plays into assumptions that immigrants living in this country without proper documentation are criminals[.]
Without proper documentation: in other words, in the US illegally. Which is a crime, which makes these folks criminals. Now, I’m one of those squishes who thinks illegal aliens whose only crime is entering illegally, and who since have been solid, contributing members of their community, should be offered a path to make good on their (really quite minor—on the order of a traffic violation) crime and then a path to legal permanent residency and eventual citizenship. Illegal aliens who aren’t contributing members or who commit additional crimes ought to be tried for those additional crimes, and for the illegal entry now that that has become a problem; if convicted, jailed; and at the end of their sentence, deported with no option for reentry.
Hiding behind euphemisms—undocumented, unauthorized, migrants—just hides the damage illegal aliens who commit additional crimes do. Just ask the two women who were raped in Portland, OR, because the city’s councilmen considered the PC rights of a multiply-deported illegal alien were more important than the right to security of those two women. Just ask Kate Steinle. Oh, wait. Just ask the victims of MS-13 barbarians. Oh. Keep waiting.
As a side note, Fox News insider has it wrong, too, as they demonstrate in the opening sentence of their piece:
The Justice Department began calling illegal immigrants “illegal aliens….”
Illegal aliens aren’t immigrants, either. Immigrants are in our nation legally.