Let’s start a running list of those who describe the 12 – 20 million illegal trespassers in our country as “Immigrants” as opposed to “Illegal Immigrants”. The distinction is important, of course, because of the following logical implication:
1 part [widely held view that immigrants in general are welcome in the United States ("we are a nation of immigrants")
1 part [12 - 20 million illegal trespassers are "immigrants"]
12- 20 million illegal trespassers are welcome here.
This is an (insane and suicidal) argument in favor of open borders, and those who advance it should be called out.
The inaugural entry for this category is Frank Rich of the New York Times:
…the latest minority groups to enter the pantheon of American scapegoats, Hispanic immigrants and Muslims. <New York Times, 8.15.10, pg. 8 Sunday Opinion>
“Hispanic immigrants”? Nice try, Frank.