I often think of the Los Angeles Times as a newspaper that has higher standards, is fairer than most, and cares about the use of language and what it projects and how it affects people. However, for several days now I am confronted with your headlines in the San Diego edition about "illegal aliens" and what is perceived as their crimes.
I believe that before we can effect social justice changes we need to clean up our act. One of our "acts" that serves to isolate and alienate people is how we write and speak, how we use our language--and "illegal aliens" is an example of language usage that causes some people to be perceived as "less than" good, human or desirable.
In 1988 we still have borders throughout the world, but I perceive that, in the future, and perhaps before the end of the century, we will finally acknowledge that we are a global village. At that time, borders will become obsolete and all people will be viewed as citizens of the world.
If we were to travel to Central or South America today and acknowledge that we are American, we would be met with agreement from the residents of whatever town or city we visit, because they, too, are Americans.