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The Permutations of 'Alien'

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The Permutations of 'Alien'

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The Permutations of 'Alien'

The Permutations of 'Alien'

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Alien, illegal, undocumentated, immigrant — the debate over immigration policy is also about the words used by the various sides. Linguist Geoff Nunberg says the language of immigration has been controversial for as long as immigration has been an issue in American life.