When interviewed by a local member of the press, here is some of what they said they would like the American public to know:
- I'm a human being, don't call me 'illegal!'
- It's a racist word against our community.
- We are not criminals. We are hard working people that are here just looking for a better life.
- The term "illegal," you know, it makes some people feel uncomfortable.
- We also have feelings, too. It makes me feel like I'm different from everybody else. It makes me feel, like, really bad inside
- I can't do anything about it. I can't change it, so it's just what I am. I'm undocumented, what can I do?
Jackie Saavedra, a Mexican unauthorized resident who has been attending college classes, chimed in with the observation "by saying 'illegal,' they're assuming that we broke a criminal law."
- We have now sunk to the depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.
- Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.