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.