FAST FIVE: Biden Official Orders Immigration Judges To Stop Describing Illegal Aliens As "Illegal Aliens"
Biden Official Orders Immigration Judges To Stop Describing Illegal Aliens As “Illegal Aliens” Authored by Ivan Pentchoukov via The Epoch Times, A top Biden-appointed immigration official issued a memo last week directing immigration judges to stop using the term “illegal aliens” to describe illegal aliens.
In a July 23 memo titled “Terminology,” Acting Director of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) Jean King directed immigration judges to instead use terms like “undocumented noncitizen” and “undocumented individual.” King also directed judges to stop using the term “unaccompanied alien child” to describe unaccompanied alien children, directing them to use terms like “unaccompanied non-citizen child” and “unaccompanied non-US citizen child.” The memo references a pair of President Joe Biden's executive orders and notes that neither uses the term “alien” or “illegal alien” to describe illegal aliens.
It also points to two recent Supreme Court opinions in which the justices opted to substitute the term “noncitizen” for the statutory term “alien.” The memo's footnotes also reference the 2013 style guidance change by the Associated Press, which forbids the use of terms like “illegal alien,” “an illegal,” “illegals,” and “undocumented.” It also points to a 2016 decision by the Library of Congress to stop using the term “illegal alien.” “The phrase 'illegal aliens' has taken on a pejorative tone in recent years, and in response, some institutions have determined that they will cease to use it,” the Library of Congress decision stated.
“'Noncitizen' is not a word, at least not in a legal sense, because it includes 'aliens' who can be removed from the United States and non-citizen 'nationals' who cannot.” Staff at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have already been barred from using the term “illegal alien,” according to The Washington Post and Axios respectively.
The US Immigration and Nationality Act codified the term “alien” in 1952, defining it as “any person not a citizen or national of the United States.” Tyler Durden Wed, 07/28/2021 – 22:40.