The Biden administration is reportedly instructing administration workers to use new language when referring to illegal immigrants: terms such as “alien” and “illegal” are to be jettisoned; “alien” to be replaced by “noncitizen” or “individual” and “illegal” to be replaced by “undocumented.”
Axios reports that acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Tracy Renaud recently signed a memo to employees urging them to utilize “more inclusive language in the agency’s outreach efforts, internal documents and in overall communication with stakeholders, partners and the general public.”
“Other changes include using ‘undocumented noncitizen’ or ‘undocumented individual’ rather than ‘illegal alien’ and ‘integration or civic integration’ instead of ‘assimilation,’” Axios added.
Former Trump administration official Robert Law, who works at the Center for Immigration Studies, commented, “By statute, ‘alien’ literally means a person not a U.S. citizen or national. That is not offensive, and neither is ‘assimilation.’”
The terms “illegal” and “alien” are part of the U.S. Code; 8 U.S. Code § 1325 – “Improper entry by alien,” states:
“Immigration is a complex issue, but the statutory definition of ‘alien’ is as benign as any word in our laws could possibly be,” he wrote in a blog post for the Center for Immigration Studies.
Raymond Partolan, 27, a participant in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that allows children of illegal immigrants to avoid deportation, said the name change is important.
“When we call people aliens we are depriving them of their sense of humanity. Whenever someone uses the word alien it conjures up images of beings that are out of this world,” Partolan told Buzzfeed.
“I would call myself a Filipino American — I want to spend the rest of my life in the U.S., and when the laws classify me as an alien, I see that as an attempt to deprive me of my desire to call this place home,” he said.
“I think words matter.”
This is an excerpt from The Daily Wire.
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