Illegal Alien

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Illegal Alien

A foreigner not permitted to reside or work in a country. One may be an illegal alien if one overstays a visa, works in violation of one's visa or enters a country illegally in the first place. Illegal aliens may face jail time and/or deportation. Companies that hire illegal aliens also are subject to sanctions. The term is sometimes considered derogatory; some prefer "undocumented worker."
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However, he registered for the amnesty to return home as he was an undocumented worker and would not be able to stay on for too long.
He was working on the case of Carlos Gomez, an undocumented worker who is owed thousands of dollars in wages and who was beaten by his employer for leaving that person's job site to find work at another.
economy as an undocumented worker, suffering further abuses from
Bacon's careful exploration of what it means to be an undocumented worker begins in Emeryville, California, with the story of picketing hotel workers.
Garcia, an undocumented worker who already had been deported four times and was wanted on suspicion of attempted murder in Baldwin Park, was the prime suspect in March's slaying.
And last year in the tiny New Hampshire town of New Ipswich, the sheriff charged a local undocumented worker with trespassing on public land, just for existing on American soil.
According to the National Employment Law Project, courts in nine states have supported the undocumented worker.
Very few contractors don't have an undocumented worker at some point," says one source who requested anonymity.
In addition, many employers were hesitant to admit that they had illegally hired an undocumented worker, as they could be subjected to fines for such activity under the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act.