Under Biden Admin. Officials Must Use ‘Inclusive Language’ to Describe Illegal Immigrants
What better way for Joe Biden to prove he’s all for inclusivity than for his administration to instruct officials to use more “inclusive language” when describing those who live in the United States illegally.
According to a memo recently released by immigration authorities, inclusive language includes ditching the word “alien” and replacing it with “noncitizen.”
Yep, this is what the fruitful plate of priorities looks like for Biden.
Axios reported that an email sent on Tuesday to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officials outlined how the acting director of the agency, Tracy Renaud, signed a memo encouraging others to utilize "more inclusive language in the agency's outreach efforts, internal documents and in overall communication with stakeholders, partners and the general public."
The memo, acquired by BuzzFeed News, told fellow officials to discontinue any use of the word “alien” or “illegal alien” in all communications and instead use “noncitizen,” “undocumented noncitizen,” and “undocumented individual.” The agency’s officials are also urged to use “integration” instead of “assimilation” and to refer to those who apply for benefits such as green cards as “customers.”
The most interesting part about all of this is that although internal communications and any interactions with the public will utilize the new terminologies, the changes will not take place on forms or operational documents, because the prior terminology is deemed most appropriate on those items.
All-in-all, I think we can agree that it’s a beautification and softening of the messaging being tossed around to the public and within the government in hopes to change peoples’ perspectives toward illegal immigrants. The administration without a doubt wants to weaponize the new terminology in order to sway public opinion toward a more favorable approach in accepting illegal entry into the country and ultimately open borders.
BuzzFeed, out of all places, explains that the new instructions handed down in the memo are in clear contradiction with the term “alien” being habitually used throughout U.S. Code and is “regularly referenced in the immigration system and in court rulings to describe everyone who is not a US citizen."
Robert Law, a former Trump administration official now working at the Center for Immigration Studies, told Axios "By statute, 'alien' literally means a person not a U.S. citizen or national. That is not offensive, and neither is 'assimilation.'"
Great job, Joe, keep up the good and useful work!
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