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blog: Words and their meanings

Marty Lich
Vail CO, Colorado

Let’s discuss words. Specifically the words, Immigrants, ‘Undocumented’ Immigrants, and Illegal aliens .

* Immigrants are “a person who comes to a country to take up permanent residence”

* Undocumented means “lacking documents required for legal immigration or residence”

* Illegal means “not according to or authorized by law ”

And the word *alien* per the dictionary and our United States of America government means: “belonging, or owing allegiance to another country or government”

Then there are names of places.

The name “United States of America” is the title of a specific country with actual borders located in the North American continent. The universal name of “America” can and does include three continental regions. They are North America, South America, and Central America.

North America is comprised of three independent countries with borders: Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

South America has 12 independent countries in her region: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

Last there is Central America, which is comprised of 7 different countries: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

So perhaps this “continent vs. country” clarification will clear up any country vs. continent confusion with regards to a recent web commenter who questioned why her husband, an illegal alien from Central America, is not legally able to just come and go as he pleases in our country, further explaining that her husband, who has never broken a law (except coming here) simply has traveled from “AMERICA” to “AMERICA.”

Her husband did travel from one ‘Americas’ continent to another, yes ma’am. But he did not make legal border crossings within the country of the United States of America. In this particular case I will say re our USA, “Mi casa es mi casa” ma’am. It is not his home.

So when her husband entered our country America sans any legal authority to do so, what were the specific criminal law(s) that he violated? Here is a few.

First and foremost; “Unlawful Entry” (yep, we have that law) in Section 1911 8 U.S.C. § 1325 which “sets forth criminal offenses relating to improper entry into the United States by an alien.”

And if this husband is working, and I will make the assumption that is why he came here, then he must attest to his employer under penalty of perjury on the form “… that he is a citizen or national of the United States, or is an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence,” 8 U.S.C. § 1324a.

If a illegal alien is employed and produces what appear to be eligible employment documents as the law also requires, then he is in violation of the following law, titled: “Unlawful employment of aliens, Fraud and Misuse of Visas, Permits, and Related Documents, and False Personation” under sections 1947 18 U.S.C. § 1546, stating in part; “it (is) a felony offense to use a false identification document, or misuses a real one, for the purpose of satisfying the employment verification provisions in 8 U.S.C. § 1324a(b).”

It is also unlawful for “a person or other entity to hire… for employment in the United States an alien- knowing the alien is an unauthorized alien” With respect to a violation, the order under this subsection is as follows: “require the person or entity to cease and desist from such violations and to pay a civil penalty in an amount of not less than $250 and not more than $2,000 for each unauthorized alien with respect to whom a violation of either such subsection occurred…”

So one or the other has broken our law, the employee or their employer. Maybe both.

But his wife is also breaking the law, for our U.S. Immigration Section 1324 states (in part) “knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law… (and) aids or abets the commission of any of the preceding acts, shall be punished as provided in subparagraph (B).” His wife knows his legal status, she wrote about his plight.

It turns out the country of America has a lot of well-written laws with serious legal consequences regarding these subjects. It isn’t a simple matter of traversing from continent to continent because they all contain the word America in them. If the word “America” meant any country located any of the “Americas” continents there would be no need for any of us to obtain any visa.

You know, it all hinges on a simple word. The word “country” and not the word “continent.”

Now I think we just need to work a little harder on the word “law-abiding.”

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