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But Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri is a U.S. resident being held in a South Carolina military brig; he is the only enemy combatant held on U.S. soil. That makes his case very different.

I believe US resident doesn't imply US citizen. Am I right?

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Right.
Correct, I am a resident in the country where I currently live, but I am not a citizen/national of that country (so no right to vote!)
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Can I call an immigrant a resident, be they legal or illegal?
an immigrant may or may not have resident status
When you move to a country you are an immigrant
Provided you have the right to be in the country you are a legal immigrant as opposed to an illegal immigrant (the latter having no right to be or stay in the country)
If you wish to stay in the country you must apply for a resident's permit (right to reside in the country)
None of the above will make you a citizen/national of the country.
Rules on immigration vary from country to country, but I think the rough outline above applies to most places
Since a legal immigrant has the right to be in the country, shouldn't they be called residents? After all, they are residing in the country. I just don't see how a legal immigrant, a person who has legal documents to live in the country, is not a resident. I'm not a legal expert but logically, I believe it should. Emotion: sad
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New2grammarSince a legal immigrant has the right to be in the country, shouldn't they be called residents? After all, they are residing in the country. I just don't see how a legal immigrant, a person who has legal documents to live in the country, is not a resident. I'm not a legal expert but logically, I believe it should.
You can't assume the everyday meaning of a word is the same as the legal meaning. Attempting to do so will land you in the middle of giant misunderstanding far more often than not.
RayHSince a legal immigrant has the right to be in the country, shouldn't they be called residents?
When I first moved to the country where I now live I was a legal immigrant as I had the right to be here. However, I only had the right to be here for 6 months. In order to stay longer I had to apply for/and was granted a Resident's permit, giving me the status of Resident. In order to work I had to apply for a work permit, as the Resident's permit only gave me the right to reside for 5 years, not the right to work.
Had I remained in the country after 6 months without applying for a Resident's permit, I would have become an illegal immigrant.
Thanks,Optilang for the crytal clear explanation Emotion: smile
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