Donald Trump speaks the language of the people, as he knows it. When he talks about immigration policy, he has fallen into the “Newspeak” trap set by the media. He could escape this trap and turn it on his enemies.
By now, no one doubts that both Trump and Clinton have real, and growingly serious “enemies.” Some have even asked, “What happens if a party’s candidate dies before the election?”
One set of people upset with Trump are immigrants. The problem with the word “immigrant” is, we need to use more precise language. We need to say whether we mean “citizens with strong identification with immigrant forebears and culture,” or”non-citizens?”
See how easy could that be?
Americans are almost all descendants of immigrants, even though we are not immigrants ourselves. A person who has become a naturalized citizen may describe themselves as an “immigrant” to refer to their country of origin, but they are citizens.
Even though they live here, foreign nationals (legal language: “aliens”) who have not gone through the naturalization process are not citizens. They may still stay here as permanent residents once they apply to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and are approved. *
Political correctness has eroded the use of the word used by most governments around the world: alien. “Some people” objected to the proper word “alien” and began to use euphemisms to disguise the true status of non-citizens, and aggravate citizens who immigrated legally, or who have a strong immigrant identification, such as “Latino, Latina.” http://www.illegalaliens.us/euphemisms.htm)
If Trump wants to shock the sensibilities of the PC crowd, why not use the right words:
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.
He can make himself clear and unassailable by using the proper language when discussing immigration policy.
Oh, by the way, why not publish our current immigration policy so we can ask, “what part of the law don’t you understand? What parts of the law do you intend to change?”