What is the polite way to refer to an undocumented worker? Someone who is living in this country illegally, because they don’t have working papers?
An ‘undocumented worker’ is a gentler way to describe an ‘illegal immigrant.’
Whatever you do, don’t describe a persona as an ‘illegal immigrant.’ Or ‘illegal’ anything. The word ‘immigrants’ is as passe as ‘wetbacks.’ The kindest and therefore the most polite expression is to say, “undocumented workers.”
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