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I think a better term for the eight to eleven million persons illegally in the U.S. is illegal aliens or maybe illegal migrants. They are not undocumented nor are they really immigrants. Even know the term illegal immigrant is, by definition, incorrect for its usage, but at least illegal imparts the law-breaking aspect.
The dictionary definition of the word immigrant is a person who comes to a country to take up permanent residence. This meaning the term immigrant does not always apply to transient illegal aliens who frequently cross the porous U.S. border. Even though common usage of immigrant has been broadly applied to those illegally in the U.S., such usage in my opinion is inaccurate.
However, the term undocumented is also a very inaccurate term only used by the liberals and mass media to sway the public in favor of special interest groups. There not undocumented in the first or last place, because they never were. Many never even had a document to lose. Many just over-stayed their visa. When speaking of legal terminology, it has always used the words aliens and foreign nationals. President Bush and House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt pander to the extent they call illegal aliens citizens. If you think about it, the use of euphemistic terms other than illegal aliens only clouds the reality of the situation.