Word police: Biden Administration won’t let immigration judges use phrase ‘illegal alien’


In a July 23 memo from a top Department of Justice appointee who oversees federal immigration judges, there are certain words that can no longer be used by judges.

President Biden appointee Jean King, director of the Executive Office for Immigration Review, has imposed new terminology on the nation’s 539 immigration judges.

…”To Provide Safe and Orderly Processing of Asylum Seekers at the United States Border (Feb. 2, 2021), do not use the terms ‘alien’ or ‘illegal alien’ to describe migrants,” Jean King wrote in a July 26 memo.

Instead of “alien,” judges are give a menu of words they may use, which include: Respondent, applicant, petitioner, beneficiary, migrant, noncitizen, or non-U.S. citizen.

Instead of “undocumented alien or illegal alien,” judges must now use: Undocumented noncitizen, undocumented non-U.S. citizen, or undocumented individual

Rather than “undocumented alien child,” judges are instructed to say: Unaccompanied noncitizen child, unaccompanied non- U.S. citizen child, or UC.

The new terminology rule was a result of President Joe Biden’s Executive Order 14012, “Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems and Strengthening Integration and Inclusion Efforts for New Americans,” which states the “Federal Government should develop welcoming strategies that promote integration [and] inclusion.” 

In the “definitions” provision in section 101 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, the terms “alien” has a distinct meaning, one that is no longer allowed in immigration courts:

Section 101(a)(3) says, “The term ‘alien’ means any person not a citizen or national of the United States.” Section 101(a)(22) of the INA, in turn, states: “The term ‘national of the United States’ means: (A) a citizen of the United States, or (B) a person who, though not a citizen of the United States, owes permanent allegiance to the United States.”

Federal border officials have apprehended more than 1.1 million illegal aliens at the U.S.-Mexico border during this fiscal year, Customs and Border Protection said in a news release last week. The last time so many were apprehended was in 2006, but the new Biden welcome mat has created a crisis along the southern border, one that is largely ignored by the mainstream media.

The word rule outlawing “alien” went into effect July 26. The memo can be read at this link.


  1. Well, since 1981 I have been a legal alien of the USA. I have never attempted to vote. Until Trump was cheated out of his Presidency, I had no reason to desire to vote. Socialist are attempting to re-write our constitution. The Mein Fuhrer ploy has been destroyed in Europe. So their current ploy is Covid-19 mandate restrictions to gain control of us and our economy. Fellow Americans be Alert and Aware of their secret agenda. Socialism has never worked, neither Communism.

  2. Someone illegally entering the USA is here illegally. A noncitizen is an alien.

    An illegal alien is an illegal alien regardles of o’biden’s dementia impaired thought process………

  3. Just declare martial law and get it over with. Declare those of us born here as the illegals. Put an armband on us with a yellow dot.

    Funny isn’t it how we have to mask up and get shots we may not want, but Biden’s chosen people, illegals, are exempt from such things.

    • They’re non-partisan too– Chief Justice Roberts said so, to Trump, no less…….. #wannabuyabridge

    • According to our constitution the judicial branch is but one of three branches of our government, under socialist…errr, Democratic rule that is obviously not the case.

  4. The Biden Administration and the people behind the curtains continue to prove themselves to be fully documented morons. The whole changing names of things is idiotic, calling mothers “birthing people” or illegal aliens “undocumented noncitizen” is great.. Maybe Americans or are they “documented citizens” will start to notice how these socialist…errrr “Democrats” hate everything about the way they lead their lives and vote them out of office. The woke should keep doing exactly what they are doing until the silent majority can no longer stand it and does something to stop this nonsense.

  5. A non USA person, who knowing entered the USA without the legal right enter or be maintain in the USA, formerly know as illegal alien till Joe got offended.

    Could that be used??

  6. The Judges as well as the people of this nation need to tell Dementia Joe to stuff it! Not only did he steal an election and assume the presidency illegally, he is purposely destroying our economy and nation. In addition, he is allowing, against Federal Law, thousands of illegal aliens to pour across our nations southern border. He is using taxpayer money to transport them throughout the nation and give them housing. It is time for the courts to actually enforce U.S. Immigration laws and expel those here illegally and arrest the false President!

  7. Perhaps the most accurate description would be to refer to them as “undocumented Democrats!”

  8. I see that your understanding of the American system of government is right on par with your understanding of critical race theory

  9. More power for the woke. Biden is a useless president, for sure. The 2022 elections should put a damper in him and his administration. Praying for that.

  10. That’s okay, the First Amendment still applies to productive Americans.
    So we say, not unkindly, ship the damned illegal aliens back from where they came
    … and impeach the president who decided, without a vote of the people, to use illegal aliens to remake the entire demography of America.

  11. In the name of bipartisanship, we should now refer to “illegal aliens” as simply ILLEGALS. This change is not due to anything wrong with the term illegal aliens, but was proposed to remove one more word in the English language that Biden would otherwise have to remember.

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