Those entering this country without permission are criminals

Letter date: 
Monday, March 20, 2017
Letter publisher: 
Statesman Journal, Salem
Letter author: 
Gary Bales
Letter body: 
I find it amusing the way activists and politicians misuse the English language to promote their agendas. They like to refer to people entering the USA from other countries without permission as illegal or undocumented immigrants when, in fact, there is no such thing.
An immigrant is someone who applies and, after going through the legal process, receives permission to enter a country. Those who ignore the process and enter without permission are committing a crime and are criminals.
These people continue to commit other crimes when they take up residence and employment. If they give a false SSN, they are committing identity theft, which is a felony. If they do not have a Green Card or SSN, they cannot file state or federal tax returns which are also crimes. In total, that is six crimes they are committing.
There is a saying amongst criminals: “If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.” Unless they fell out of a plane, their actions were intended and criminal and they shouldn’t cry or beg when caught.