Joe Biden Addresses Border Crisis by Banning Term ‘Illegal Alien’


In a nod toward inclusivity, the Biden administration has ordered federal agencies to stop using the terms “illegal alien” and “assimilation,” according to documents obtained by the Washington Post.

The report: Agency chiefs sent memos to their subordinates in Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection mandating the changes in terminology as part of the White House’s effort to break with former President Donald Trump’s hardline policies, the Post reported.

  • Aliens will be referred to by the terms “noncitizen or migrant.”
  • “Illegal” will be replaced by “undocumented,” and “integration” will replace “assimilation.”
  • “In response to the vision set by the Administration, ICE will ensure agency communications use the preferred terminology and inclusive language,” acting ICE director Tae Johnson wrote in his memo. 

The reaction: Conservatives lampooned the decision, calling it an “Orwellian” abuse of language.

  • “We use the term ‘illegal alien’ because they’re here illegally,” tweeted Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton. “This kind of weakness and obsession with political correctness is why we’re having a crisis on the border in the first place.”

Context: Democrats have faced mounting criticism for making peace with Trump-era immigration policies continued by President Joe Biden.

  • But others say Biden’s substantive changes to his predecessor’s arrangement, like putting an end to the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, have aggravated the ongoing border crisis.
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