San Francisco County Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval thinks it is offensive to refer to illegal immigrants as 'illegal immigrants'.
He believes that phrase is offensive--as offensive as the 'n' word. And racist--Sandoval contends that we, the offensive term users, only use the term to refer to Latino and Hispanic immigrants and not others.
I believe he is just more sensitive when the phrase is used to describe Hispanic and Latino immigrants because he is either Hispanic or Latino himself (didn't know there was a difference?).
Personally, I use it to refer to all illegal immigrants, regardless of which foreign territory they come from.
Mr. Sandoval is lobbying to eliminate the phrase from American public discourse. He believes a better term would be the phrase 'undocumented worker.' Hmmmph.
First of all, not all ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS (can everybody say it with me?--ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS) are undocumented workers. Plenty of them are just here hanging around sucking our resources dry (this is a huge factor in the current California budget crisis).
2nd of all, they are referred to as ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS because--um duuuuhhhhhh--they ARE illegal immigrants.
Let me help Sandoval out with this...
illegal (adj.): not according to or authorized by law
immigrant (n.): one that immigrates, as a person who comes to a country to take up permanent residence