‘What is an Illegal Alien?’

The “educational worksheet” referenced here.

What is an Illegal Alien?
By Brenda B. Covert

Sam was playing with Buster, his pet terrier, in the backyard.Taylor called and asked if he could come over.

“Sure!” Sam told his friend. “I’ll be in the backyard. Just come through the side gate.”

Sam heard Taylor coming down the walkway. Taylor hurried up to the gate, swung it open, and entered the backyard. He closed the gate behind him.

The two friends greeted each other. Then they began to play with Buster. What a shock they had when a third boy jumped the fence into Sam’s backyard!

Buster barked. Taylor looked at Sam. Sam put his fists on his hips and said, “Hey! What are you doing?”

The third boy shrugged. “I heard you guys having fun, and I decided to come over and play.”

“You can’t just come into a person’s backyard!” Sam declared.

“Says who?” the boy asked with a smirk. He strolled over to the swing set.

The back door opened, and Sam’s mother stepped outside. “Sam, what’s going on out here? Who’s your friend? I thought Taylor was the only one coming over.”

“I don’t know this guy,” Sam said. “He just came over the fence!”

Sam’s mother firmly told the boy to go home. She sent him through the gate rather than let him scramble back over the fence.

“The nerve of some kids,” Sam heard his mother mutter as she went back inside.

What is an illegal alien? An alien is a person from another country. An illegal alien is a person who comes to another country without permission. It is also a person who was allowed to be in the country for a while but who didn’t leave once time was up.

In the above story, imagine that Sam’s backyard is a country. Sam is a citizen of the country. It is his home. The boy who asked if he could come over is a legal alien. He followed the rules for going into a place where he didn’t live. The boy who jumped the fence and surprised Sam and Taylor is like an illegal alien. He did not get permission. He didn’t come into the land by the usual way.

Countries like to keep track of the people who belong there. They also like to keep track of visitors. They do not like people to sneak in uninvited. It is illegal (against the law) to go into another country without its approval. Illegal aliens in the U.S. get sent home when they are caught. Countries don’t want to hear excuses. They just want people to ask first!

1. In this lesson, an alien is a:
A. a citizen
B. an uninvited guest
C. being from another planet
D. guest from another country
2. When something is illegal, it is:
A. in bad health
B. good to smell
C. against the law
D. really poor
3. What do people need before entering another country?
A. a secret tunnel
B. permission
C. a suitcase
D. a good law book
4. What have illegal aliens done?
A. gotten sick and looked for doctors
B. entered a country without permission
C. lost their money
D. flown spaceships
5. What is a citizen?
A. a person who avoids cities
B. a person who lives in a city
C. a person who belongs to a country
D. a person who visits a country
6. What does the U.S. do with illegal aliens?
A. The U.S. puts them to work in the army.
B. The U.S. puts them to death.
C. The U.S. sends them back where they came from.
D. The U.S. shoots them into outer space.