We must ask legislators to change the law

To the Editor:

The entire press, including this paper, uses a term that is legally invalid – undocumented immigrants. Immigration is defined by our laws. An immigrant is 1. A person who holds a valid immigration visa and a valid permit of stay, or 2. a person who holds permanent resident status with the intent to become naturalized as a citizen when eligible. Everyone else is merely a visitor. Every visitor is required to hold a valid INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) Form I-94, called the Permit of Stay. Every visitor must leave the U.S. before this form expires or must have it extended. Without a valid Form I-94 a visitor is in the United States illegally and is subject to incarceration and/or deportation. These are our laws. If we do not like these laws, we must approach our representatives, our legislators, and ask them to change the laws. No country in the world allows anyone to enter their country unchecked, settle and call themselves “undocumented immigrants.” It simply does not and must not exist.
At this point I need to remind my fellow citizens once again that our country, The United States of America, was founded for one and one reason only, the establishment and enactment of the Constitution of The Unites States of America. The primary premise of our Constitution is the equal treatment under the law. This was a revolutionary concept at its time and brought about modern democracy around the world. When we willfully refuse to enforce our laws regarding a particular group of visitors, we no longer apply equal treatment under the law. When we give up the principle of equal treatment under the law we give up the birthright of our very special nation. This must never happen. So-called sanctuary cities and sanctuary states are unconstitutional. We must end using the illegal term undocumented immigrants; legally they are illegal visitors. I understand that we have illegal visitors in our country who were brought illegally to the U.S. as small children, have lived here for more than 15 years, and have become productive members of our society. Everyone agrees that we must find a solution for these young visitors. The U.S. is the only country they know as their home. But we must also find the resolve to enforce our laws and be true to our Constitution. We must also be true to our English language and not use terms that are simply invalid, such as “undocumented immigrants.” There is no such thing. The press is supposed to search and report the truth and not publish propaganda and political belief systems. I hope our press will, some day, recognize once again what it’s true purpose is – search and report the truth.

ALEXANDER SCHENK