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The Biden administration has ordered U.S. immigration enforcement agencies to stop using terms such as “alien,” “illegal alien” and “assimilation” when referring to immigrants in the United States, a rebuke of terms widely used under the Trump administration.
The change is detailed in memos sent Monday to department heads at Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection, the nation’s chief enforcers of federal immigration laws, according to copies obtained by The Washington Post. It is part of an ongoing effort to reverse President Donald Trump’s hard-line policies and advance Biden’s efforts to build a more “humane” immigration system.
The article goes on to state the following:
Among the changes: “Alien” will become “noncitizen or migrant,” “illegal” will become “undocumented,” and “assimilation” will change to “integration.”
Just days after Biden’s inauguration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents were told to stop using the term “illegal alien” in documents, in favor of “undocumented.”
Troy Miller, Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), announced in the memo, “As the nation’s premier law enforcement agency, we set a tone and example for our country and partners across the world. We enforce our nation’s laws while also maintaining the dignity of every individual with whom we interact. The words we use matter and will serve to further confer that dignity to those in our custody.”
ICE acting director Tae Johnson stated in a separate memo, “In response to the vision set by the Administration, ICE will ensure agency communications use the preferred terminology and inclusive language.”
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a Twitter post on Saturday, “We can’t build lasting diversity without first building an environment where all people are valued. That’s the foundation, and laying it will be hard work, but I consider it one of my greatest responsibilities as Secretary of State.”
“Diversity and inclusion make our diplomatic team stronger, smarter, more creative and more innovative,” Blinken also stated in the tweet.
.@SecBlinken: We can’t build lasting diversity without first building an environment where all people are valued. That’s the foundation, and laying it will be hard work, but I consider it one of my greatest responsibilities as Secretary of State. https://t.co/FFJTK5Yryx pic.twitter.com/xxcjuscQVF
— Department of State (@StateDept) April 17, 2021
ICE, CBP to stop using “illegal alien” and “assimilation” under new Biden administration order https://t.co/HwsUVwTVPb
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) April 19, 2021
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