For John, BLUF: People seem to be afraid of the term "illegal immigrant". Nothing to see here; just move along.
I found this term in a "scholarly" paper, "The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism", in the March 2011 issue of Perspectives on Politics.♠
I would note that the authors are clustered around Harvard and thus probably have heard many times that "Technically it's not illegal to be illegal in Massachusetts". The good news is that Attorney General Martha Coakley is running for Governor next year, which means she won't be running for Attorney General, which means maybe a Republican will run, or, baring that, State Senator Eileen M. Donoghue.♥
Regards — Cliff
♠ I am reading it as part of writing a paper for a class I am taking at UMass Lowell, Continuing Ed.
♥ I just hope our State Senator fixes the Continuing Ed tuition imbroglio before she moves on. It is a color of money issue and should be EASY for the General Court to fix.