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In the United States, a "Drop the I-Word" campaign was launched in 2010 advocating for the use of terms such as undocumented immigrants or unauthorized immigrants when referring to the foreign nationals who reside in a country illegally.
Related terms that describe actions are not similarly discouraged by these campaigns.
For example, Associated Press continues to use the term "illegal immigration" to describe the action of entering or residing in a country illegally.
In contrast, in some contexts the term "illegal immigrants" is shortened, often pejoratively, as a "term preferred by many immigrants and their advocates, but it has a flavor of euphemism and should be used with caution outside quotation".
A report by the Center for Migration Studies found this pattern to be true for every year since 2007.
Newsweek questions the use of the phrase 'undocumented immigrants' as a method of euphemistic framing, namely, "a psychological technique that can influence the perception of social phenomena".
Newsweek also suggests that persons who enter a country unlawfully cannot be entirely "undocumented" because they "just lack the certain specific documents for legal residency and employment.
Trump has recently threatened to invoke emergency powers, which could allow him to use already appropriated military funding for his wall.
That effort would likely be challenged in the courts.