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Biden Administration Orders ICE, Border Patrol to Stop Using Term ‘Illegal Alien’

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borderThe White House has ordered officials in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to stop using several terms, including “illegal alien,” “alien,” and “assimilation,” The Epoch Times confirmed.

Memos sent by Tae Johnson, acting director of ICE, and Troy Miller, acting head of CBP, were distributed to top leaders within the two agencies.

Terms that are to be changed include “alien,” which is now “noncitizen” or “migrant”; “unaccompanied alien children” is now “noncitizen unaccompanied children”; “undocumented alien” is now “undocumented noncitizen,” “undocumented individual,” or simply “migrant”; and “illegal alien” is now “undocumented noncitizen,” “undocumented individual,” or simply “migrant,” according to the memos obtained by The Epoch Times.

In addition, “assimilation” has been changed to “integration,” or “civic integration.”

“As the nation’s premier law enforcement agency, we set a tone and example for our country and partners across the world,” Miller said in the CBP memo. “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.”

Johnson, meanwhile, issued a similar comment.

“This guidance,” he said, “applies to communications such as agency outreach efforts, internal documents, and overall communications with stakeholders, partners, and the general public.”

On social media and in statements, ICE and Border Patrol often use the term “illegal alien” to refer to individuals who have been taken into custody after illegally crossing into the United States. Previously, the agencies and other federal agencies used the term “illegal immigration” to refer to the phenomenon.

Immigration advocacy groups and Democrats typically favor terms such as “noncitizens,” “undocumented,” “unauthorized,” or “without status,” while eschewing terms with the “illegal” moniker. Previous proponents of the “illegal immigrant” term have said that “undocumented” doesn’t properly convey that such individuals have, in fact, crossed the border and remain in the United States illegally.

Immigration advocates also say the terms “illegal immigrant” or “illegal alien” are dehumanizing, while the latter evokes images of UFOs and space aliens.

The two memos appear to be part of a broader push by the Biden administration to scrap Trump-era immigration rules, including the “Remain in Mexico” policy, and halt construction of the U.S.–Mexico border wall. However, Republicans and some Democrats have argued that former President Donald Trump’s policies and messaging were effective, and rejecting them has led to a historic surge in illegal immigrants along the southern border.

Biden proposed removing the term “alien” from federal immigration laws in a citizenship bill he sent to Congress on Jan. 20, his first day as president, according to the White House. It would be replaced by “noncitizen.”

In March, meanwhile, Border Patrol agents apprehended 172,000 illegal immigrants, according to data provided by the agency. The head of the National Border Patrol Council, Brandon Judd, said it may have been “the biggest surge that we’ve ever seen in the history of the Border Patrol.”

The Washington Post first reported on the administration’s order over the weekend.

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PaulE
PaulE
3 years ago

More and more like 1984 every single day. Yet the American people seem to be largely content to do nothing and just hope for the best. I guess the republic ends with a whimper. At this rate, in a year or two you won’t even recognize this country nor be able to correct it.

Jocie Taylor
Jocie Taylor
3 years ago

They are illegals they are aliens they’re in this country and they should not be and had you worked on the border that might have been different but you didn’t that’s like saying you got the presidency legally and you didn’t you got it fraudulently a duck is a duck

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
3 years ago

Watch resignations & early retirements within ICE & BP rise big time
They dont have time for this BS

Tom
Tom
3 years ago

Biden is one crazy xxxxx, the people crossing the border are illegal aliens period, and will always be since they are breaking the laws of America. Biden lives in his Ivory tower and so do all the people he has around him, the rest of us have to deal with the illegals from down south what with the burden on our resources. What about all the crime they bring Mr. Biden?

Mike S
Mike S
3 years ago

You can’t change their status. They are illegal aliens. Sorry Pinocchio. ILLEGAL ALIENS. ILLEGAL ALIENS. ILLEGAL ALIENS. ILLEGAL ALIENS. ILLEGAL ALIENS. ILLEGAL ALIENS. ILLEGAL ALIENS. ILLEGAL ALIENS.ILLEGAL ALIENS. ILLEGAL ALIENS. ILLEGAL ALIENS.

G Schalk
G Schalk
3 years ago

can we still call them “invaders”?

Phil Hammersley
Phil Hammersley
3 years ago

You can call a skunk a pussycat but it doesn’t change the smell!

Preston Phillips
Preston Phillips
3 years ago

sticks and stones…..
Realist umpire says: in baseball there are balls and there are strikes and I call them AS THEY ARE.
Situational ethicist ump says: there are ….. and I call them AS I SEE THEM.
Progressive ump says: there are… and they ain’t nothing UNTIL I CALL THEM!
We are in the “Progressive Era” for sure!

David Miller
David Miller
3 years ago

Foolishness! If they enter illegally they are illegal aliens!

Roger
Roger
3 years ago

Why should it matter what you call them when they don’t speak English? This is just another measure to help guilt ridden liberals feel better about themselves. It’s all about votes!

James Kelly
James Kelly
3 years ago

Guess we can go back to the old stand by: ‘wet back’.

Or would that be unacceptable also?

😮

James Kelly
James Kelly
3 years ago

One fix to this problem.

But if I tell you I’ll et hollered at.

😉

Jeff S
Jeff S
3 years ago

Personally, I will continue to call ”them” whatever I want to call them, and I pity anyone who tries to stop me.

Felix
Felix
3 years ago

So what are they (the progressive Communist that are in control) going to do to ICE agents, Conservative talk show hosts and reporters ,and you and me for calling and naming what they are.
I think there is the first amendment in our Constitution!

Ruth Pierce
Ruth Pierce
3 years ago

TO THE WHITE HOUSE: Don’t you DARE tell me what to speak!! I never used “politically correct” terms (e.g. Happy holidays as opposed to Merry Christmas); I won’t have anyone tell me what to say or what NOT to say! The White House is talking about ICE agents; however, how long will it be until the White House tell the average American what NOT to say? I simply won’t stand for it!!!!

Michael Carey
Michael Carey
3 years ago

Democrates damm cowards, like to change words and history but don’t have the courage to lead into the future.

Carla
Carla
3 years ago

Changing words used, does not change the fact they are illegal aliens. Illegal meaning they broke the law and alien meaning they are NOT citizens of this country!

Lefty Loser
Lefty Loser
3 years ago

Call them what they are. Illegal democrats….

Eric
Eric
3 years ago

This is so typical of our Democrat congressmen – just plain STUPID! How simple-minded can those people be? They need to get the job done and stop acting like children!

Stephen Lykins
Stephen Lykins
3 years ago

He can kiss my everlovin’ arse! Definition of ‘alien’ – foreign national; In law, an alien is any person (including an organization) who is not a citizen or a national of a specific country, although definitions and terminology differ to some degree depending upon the continent or region of Earth. More generally, however, the term “alien” is perceived as synonymous with foreign national. Definition of ‘illegal’ – a person who enters or lives in a country without the documentation required for legal entry or residence.

Therefore, I will continue calling them what they are!

Barbara Ervin
Barbara Ervin
3 years ago

Home invaders is what they should be called!

Judi
Judi
3 years ago

Biden can shove it…sideways.

Wayne Peterkin
Wayne Peterkin
3 years ago

So we can all start calling them “criminal aliens”? The term “illegal alien” has been perfectly accurate and appropriate so there is no need to change it.

Chris
Chris
3 years ago

Americans You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead—your next stop, the Democrat Twilight Zone.

Rick
Rick
3 years ago

Biden probably doesn’t like me calling him a senile old moron illegal president, either, but I’ll continue calling him that because it’s the truth!

Joyce Stephenson
Joyce Stephenson
3 years ago

OK, then I’ll call them foreigners just like I was taught in the 40s and 50s!!

Sherrylees
Sherrylees
3 years ago

When they become a citizen of the USA and get a job, pay taxes then an only then will they stop being illegal aliens, immigrants, aliens etc. Because as Americans we HAVE FREEDOM of speech, lol lol ????. Also, the border issue. Is NOT a crisis, its an invasion one of which NO ONE is doing
anything to stop it!

Eddie
Eddie
3 years ago

Biden is an idiot who is hell bent on destroying our great country. He is truly the anti-American president.

Patty
Patty
3 years ago

They are “aliens” to this nation and they ARE here illegally. Thus they will always be known as ILLEGAL ALIENS, who should not be entitled to any funds or services paid for by LEGAL Americans, with the exception of the cost to DEPORT THEM & tell them to RETURN LEGALLY OR NOT AT ALL. #JoeAndKomielalaDIDNOTWIN

jocko
jocko
3 years ago

ACTUALLY, THE illegals ARE NOW CALLED,”bidens.”

jocko
jocko
3 years ago

THE CANCEROUS, ANTI-AMERICAN, CANCEROUS, LYING biden, NEEDS TO BE HAULED FROM THE WHITE HOUSE FOR BREAKING his OATH OF OFFICE BY NOT ENFORCING THE BORDERS. libs = CANCER AND ARE THE TENEMY OF OUR NATION

Heinz G Park
Heinz G Park
3 years ago

Uncle Biden or Grandpa is destroying the U.S.A. with being goody Smartian with the illegal Aliens coming over the boarder and nothing will stop them as long as Grandpa Biden leaves the boarder open. What is wrong with him ? My self I’m a legal immigrate and I had to do lots of paper work to get here and to get my citizenship I join the Military and had to pass a test to get it. Now the illegal’s
life of our tax dollar and there will be NO slow down.

Rex Croson
Rex Croson
3 years ago

You call a spade a spade and illegal is what it is. By changing a name you cannot change facts,so O’Bien quit trying to cover up your failures we all see it.

Ruth Sidow
Ruth Sidow
3 years ago

What a fool Biden is making of himself. Sneaking across our borders is ILLEGAL, anyone not a citizen of the USA is an alien, put it all together and you have ILLEGAL ALIENS. It is not rocket science!! Calling a rose by any other name does not change the fact that it is a rose! Papers from around the world cannot believe Americans were so stupid as to “elect” this fool, they are right, we did not “elect” him!!

Steve Goetz
Steve Goetz
3 years ago

People just love to play with words.

John Bennett
John Bennett
3 years ago

As Shakespeare said “A rose by any other name would still smell as sweet.” So no matter what words Sleepy Joe makes up to obfuscate the term “An illegal alien is still an illegal alien.”

KP
KP
3 years ago

Are we still allowed to be called Law Abiding Americans or would that be too offensive to the left?

Mike Hess
Mike Hess
3 years ago

I guess this is because the present administration is preparing for Space aliens coming here an this worded change will now make it easier to differentiate between the two types of non-American citizens.

M.J.
M.J.
3 years ago

Based on the current actions of the Biden Administration, including the President, it appears to me that those involved are acting as foreign agents, attempting to facilitate changes of the rules of America’s
immigration laws in their attempt to make America a SOCIALIST country.

Allan Brem
Allan Brem
3 years ago

I do not know why I keep thinking I saw a notice that the ICE was going to abandon another legit word a week before the media started “reporting” that it was a Biden directive. This government is not going to stop me from using legitimate well defined words in proper context.

Nicki K
Nicki K
3 years ago

Uhm, I seriously doubt that the illegals coming in are feeling demoralized because of words. Most don’t even speak English and if you were to translate the words “illegal alien” you would get
“indocumentado” or undocumented and “extranjero ilegal” or illegal foreigner. These Democrats are pandering, once again. They are seriously the most disingenuous jerks around.

John Rinck
John Rinck
3 years ago

Okay…illegal means unlawful; it always has and it always will (when normalcy rules). If they cross the border unlawfully, then they are illegal, plain and simple. Further and further, the Democrat Left takes us into the semantics of words as defined by their agenda to lead us into arbitrary law when nothing is illegal, including what they themselves do. They know not what spirit they are of, for the Prince of the underworld is himself the original lawless one and they are doing his work very well.

patriot
patriot
3 years ago

No matter how Biden who invited the illegals wants to make it seem legal, it’s not and never has been and never will. Unless Americans totally lost their minds, like Biden and his party of idiots.
We had immigration laws for hundreds of years and for good reason. Part of that law is that all new immigrants are quarantined to prevent spread of diseases as happened in the distant past. Another part was being financially solvent and they also had to have a sponsor. If they did not they had to return where they came from. America absolutely did not, would not give funds to immigrants.

David
David
3 years ago

EVERY person who crosses the border without proper documentation IS A CRIMINAL!
The proper term is “ILLEGAL ALIEN”, and we will continue to refer to them as such.
Dems are IDIOTS!

Ed Umstot Jr
Ed Umstot Jr
3 years ago

Always thought that it would be the OBama/Biden administration that would bring about the ruination of our country. I knew that given time the NEA would brainwash our kids and that is exactly what has happened. Biden under the guidance of Barach OBama, has in just a few short months eliminated, trounced, and altogether ignore many articles of the constitution, and the youth and young adults don’t see anything wrong with it. And, those of us that are in the soon to be forgotten generation are told we are crazy or worse, when we say anything.

Kathi f
Kathi f
3 years ago

Biden is our false idiot! No way in hell he won… I can not believe my fellow Americans would elect his dumbass. So shady! Wanted him out of Delaware…. just not this way!

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