Employees of the two main immigration enforcement agencies in the U.S. we’re instructed on Monday to refrain from referring to foreigners as “aliens,” a term many people find offensive.
Invitations issued by Customs and Border Protection, as well as Immigration and Customs Enforcing, recommend that agents instead use the terms “non-citizen” or “immigrants.” The change reflects the guidelines set by Biden’s administration, which changed most of the anti-immigrant policies of former President Donald Trump.
Instead of “illegal immigrants,” still used by some government officials in the media and elsewhere, CBP and ICE staff should use “unlicensed people” or “unlicensed people,” according to the memos.
Acting CBP Commissioner Troy Miller said the instructions were needed to create a “tone and example” for an organization that included the Border Patrol.
“We uphold the laws of our nation and maintain the dignity of everyone we work with,” Miller said. “The words we use are important and will work to further give that dignity to those in charge.”
Administrative critics have overturned the new language guidelines.
“We use the term ‘illegal immigrant’ because they are here illegally,” said Sen. Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas. “This kind of weakness and genuine political concern is why we first had a border problem.”
As recently as last Thursday, CBP released media outlets from Texas describing the work of the Border Patrol in Rio Grande Valley “which led to the intimidation often illegal immigrants.”
But Monday’s release from California appears to be in line with the memo, describing the rescue of “illegal immigrants” near Ocotillo, California.
The language change comes as Biden’s management works with a record number of children and youth, especially those from Central America, who want to enter the United States on the southwestern border.
Under the new guidelines, “non-compliant immigrant children” can be classified as “non-compliant children,” according to memos. Workers are also instructed to define “refugee” for refugees and immigrants as “social integration.”
CBP shifts the majority of migrant adults trying to enter the U.S. Under the public health directive issued at the beginning of the Covid-19 disease. But Biden authorities allow unaccompanied minors to stay, at least temporarily, while authorities decide whether to continue with the asylum process or under another legal profession.
Biden officials blamed the rising number of migrants on the southwestern border for a number of things, including two recent hurricanes that hit Central America and the economic collapse of Covid-19 in the region.
Critics have blamed the administration for postponing some of the hundreds of steps taken under President Donald Trump to curb illegal and illegal immigration and support for a law that would keep some already South Africans.