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many refer to unauthorized immigrants as "undocumented" or "illegal,"
those terms are not defined in United States immigration law. Terms such
as "alien" or "illegal" can often demean or further marginalize
immigrants, Vazquez explained. "I
do think that rhetoric and words are very powerful," Vazquez said.
"When someone describes someone as illegal, I think it has a lot more
force than someone who defines someone as a non-citizen ... Queen
Elizabeth would be described as a non-citizen, yet no one would call her