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I wrote the following letter to reporter Kibret Markos [e-mail him] about his story regarding the sexual assault of a six-year-old girl by non-English speaking illegal alien Silas Quixal ["Worker Guilty of Sex Assault on Girl, 6," Kibret Markos, New Jersey Media Group, October 6, 2007]:
"You describe the principal character in this article as an 'undocumented immigrant.' Actually, he's an illegal alien as stated in your quote in your story from lawyer Todd Siegel. An immigrant is someone here legally.
"Perhaps your editors force this terminology upon you. I've heard the excuse before that 'We don't know he's illegal.' You presumably don't know he's 'undocumented,' either—or did you do a no-stones-unturned investigation that yielded no documents?
'Political language…is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.'"[Politics and the English Language, 1946]