-- by Aaron Blake, The Washington Post:
President Trump’s rhetoric on immigration has been contentious from Day One of his campaign — literally. He rode down that golden elevator in Trump Tower and declared undocumented immigrants to be “criminals,” “rapists” and drug-pushers. He commenced a campaign in which crimes committed by undocumented immigrants would take center stage. Separately, he called for a total ban on immigration by Muslims. As president, his administration forced the separation of families at the border, before a backlash pushed them to reverse course.
But through it all, even Trump largely avoided an antiquated phrase for these immigrants — until now, that is.