What’s wrong? It’s a euphemism: A mild, indirect, or vague term for one that is considered harsh, blunt, or offensive: “Euphemisms such as ‘slumber room’ ... abound in the funeral business” (Jessica Mitford).
Whose feelings are we hurting by using the terms used by the federal statutes? We’re all grownups here. They’re aliens and they’re here illegally, so they are illegal aliens.
As A. Lincoln put it, “How many legs does a dog have if you call its tail a leg?
Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg.”
Sarcasm, actually. I’m for calling people what they are, not flattering them with pleasant falsehoods. We’re becoming a society where everyone is offended by anything that isn’t flattery and feel-good descriptions. And it makes people more bitter as a result, giving them every reason to point fingers and call other bigots when they’re only telling the truth.