Florida state legislator Sen. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami, whose district is filled with thousands of Caribbean immigrants wants to legally ban the term “illegal alien” from the state’s official documents, reports the Miami Herald.
“I personally find the word ‘alien’ offensive when applied to individuals, especially to children,” said Wilson. “An alien to me is someone from out of space.”
Wilson has introduced a bill providing that: “A state agency or official may not use the term ‘illegal alien’ in an official document of the state.” There would be no penalty for using the words.
According to the Herald, Wilson said, “we don’t say ‘alien,’ we say ‘immigrant.'”
Wilson allegedly encountered the situation when trying to pass a controversial bill allowing the children of illegal status foreigners to receive paid in-state tuition at colleges and universities.
Wilson, who directs a dropout prevention and education program in Miami, said she politely asks witnesses at public hearings on such issues not to use the term.
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