Migrant vs. Immigrant

The difference between the reporting of the migration from Syria to Europe highlights a bias in the US media.  The BBC and other media refer to the people moving from one place to another as “Migrants.”  In the US, our media continues to misuse the term “immigrant” referring to people who do not qualify.  That misuse denigrates immigrants.

According to official federal websites, in NO instance is a person in the United States without government authority an “immigrant.”



An alien who has been granted the right by the USCIS to reside permanently in the United States and to work without restrictions in the United States. Also known as a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR). All immigrants are eventually issued a “green card” (USCIS Form I-551), which is the evidence of the alien’s LPR status. LPR’s who are awaiting the issuance of their green cards may bear an I-551 stamp in their foreign passports.

Immigrant visas are available for aliens (and their spouses and children) who seek to immigrate based on their job skills. If an alien has the right combination of skills, education, and/or work experience and are otherwise eligible, the alien may be able to live permanently in the United States. Per USCIS, there are five employment-based immigrant visa preferences (categories): EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, EB-4 and EB-5.  Refer to the USCIS Permanent Worker web site for more details.


An alien who has been granted the right by the USCIS to reside temporarily in the United States. Each nonimmigrant is admitted into the United States in the nonimmigrant status, which corresponds to the class of visa with which, or purpose for which, he entered the United States (e.g., a foreign student may enter the United States on an F-1 visa, which corresponds to the F-1 student status in which he was admitted to the United States).

Aliens in some nonimmigrant statuses are allowed to be employed in the United States, and others are not. Some nonimmigrant statuses have rigid time limits for the alien’s stay in the United States, while others do not.

Each nonimmigrant status has rules and guidelines, which must be followed in order for the nonimmigrant to remain “in status.” A nonimmigrant who violates one of these rules or guidelines will fall “out of status.” An nonimmigrant who remains “out of status” for at least 180 days is deportable and will be unable to re-enter the United States for 3 years. A nonimmigrant who remains “out of status” for at least 365 days is deportable and will be unable to re-enter the United States for 10 years.

For more information on the types of visas available, refer to the Department of State’s Questions About Visas web page.

Illegal Alien

Also known as an “Undocumented Alien,” is an alien who has entered the United States illegally and is deportable if apprehended, or an alien who entered the United States legally but who has fallen “out of status” and is deportable.”



Virtual “Winch Mobs” Bring Judgement sans Justice – The Cost of Being Innocent

We have witnessed quite a few swift, unsupported, emotional, societal, and virtual eviscerations, of first responders in the past 3 years.  Those in charge promise not to prosecute the mob or the media for the damage they do to innocent members of the public, and public servants caught up in the fray, in practice.

If anyone can find a retraction, redaction, reaction to the erroneous persecution of police, good.  If anyone can find a clarification, an indictment, a remandment, a retraction, any attempt to prominently publish the follow up discoveries and investigation after a spectacular  racial or minority  event, speak up now.

Are we so in love with tragedy that we leave the truth lying bleeding on its threshold as we cruise away?

Did any people who railed and ranted around the inflammatory media events, stand up for the countervailing truths that were uncovered with 2 hours of checking?

The agitated swarms of angry people who erupt at the least implications from the press, explode in pressure to disenfranchise the authorities who inherited the problems.  Another fired police officer, another resigned supervisor, another sacrificial lamb thrown down to the crowds to quiet them.

This kind of distraction is fundamental to the schemes of the invisible masters of attitude; the evil we thought we had put behind us in 1776.  “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!”

The defenseless citizen, daunted by the  media, dwarfed by the feds, discouraged by the lack of resources, has no clue about the crime or the punishment.  “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!” is the message.  But, instead of ejecting TV’s and their mesmerism, we believe they are our only way to express our disagreement through surveys, polls, and malaise.

Where is the compassion for innocence?  Where is the dread of the mob?  Where is the empathy for our neighbors?  Is anger so important that we will let false effigies assuage us?

Is “World at War” our  only way to feel victory?

I say, “Do the right thing to the right people.”  We suffer every day from the tolerance of monsters masquerading  as Robin Hood.  We treat our police guardians as if they were the Sheriffs of  Nottingham.

Think of how you want your neighborhood to be.  Insist that your family is worthy of safety.