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Column: The California roots of the fight over the term ‘illegal alien’

UCLA LPPI expert Otto Santa Ana featured in the LA times discussing the term “illegal alien”.

“Using it “became a very easy argument of double attack,” said Santa Ana. “’Illegal’ forecloses any other consideration of the status of the individual. ‘Alien’ is an ancient term from English common law. Together, the words don’t allow any subtlety.” (Also: Yahoo! News)