Sunday, March 12, 2017

Why is the Term 'Illegal Refugee' Never Used?

  Someone types this comment online beneath a Deseret News story: "Refugees. Are not immigrants. Are not illegal immigrants. Well, it would seem all refugees certainly are immigrants. And, are they illegal immigrants? That would depend on whether they arrive legally or illegally. So, some are illegal.
   This broaches an interesting thought, then. I wonder why we never hear the term "illegal refugees" used. If someone is a refugee, and they are here illegally, doesn't that make them an illegal refugee?

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