I’m thinking that from now on I will refer to “unauthorised immigrants” rather than be complicit in the framing of these people as “illegal”. There is a huge difference between unauthorised activities and illegal activities, and particularly when applied to refugees the term “illegal” is factually inaccurate as far as I am aware – there is no law against refugees entering a country and seeking asylum, there are merely immigration regulations which asylum seekers have not (yet) abided by because they have not had the opportunity to do so until they are actually in the presence of the appropriate Australian bureaucrat.
Of course, some unauthorised immigrants may be illegally overstaying a visa, but as far as I can determine those are the only category of unauthorised immigrants who are actually doing anything “illegal”.
I’m open to correction on this if I am wrong.
Edited to add:
NB This post inspired by lots of different material I’ve read from many POC bloggers, and I just realised that I’ve never posted about it here before. Particularly some of brownfemipower’s work on her old website, which doesn’t seem to have survived her taking the old blog down, so unfortunately I can’t link to it.