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"Noncitizen" is the new "Illegal Alien." Biden administration to use "more inclusive" immigration terms

The changes include replacing "alien" with "noncitizen."

The Biden administration is urging officials to use more inclusive terms for immigrants, including replacing the word "alien" with "noncitizen," Axios has learned.

Why it matters: The Trump administration referred to unauthorized immigrants as "illegal aliens" and described border crossings as an "invasion." The new terms point to President Biden's more welcoming immigration stance overall.

  • According to an email sent Tuesday to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officials, reviewed by Axios, acting director Tracy Renaud recently signed a memo encouraging the "more inclusive language in the agency's outreach efforts, internal documents and in overall communication with stakeholders, partners and the general public."
  • A DHS spokesperson did not immediately respond to calls and an email seeking comment.

Between the lines: Other changes include using "undocumented noncitizen" or "undocumented individual" rather than "illegal alien" and "integration or civic integration" instead of "assimilation."

  • Immigration advocates will likely applaud the changes.
  • Hardliners will not.
  • "By statute, 'alien' literally means a person not a U.S. citizen or national. That is not offensive, and neither is 'assimilation,'" said Robert Law, a former Trump administration official now working at the restrictionist Center for Immigration Studies.

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Not So Supreme Court: Justice Clarence Thomas Issued Dissenting Opinion Regarding Court’s Decision in Election Fraud

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas issued a dissenting opinion regarding the high court’s decision not to take up a case that challenged Pennsylvania’s Nov. 3 election results. The court on Feb. 22 announced that it won’t take up lawsuits challenging a Pennsylvania state court decision that relaxed ballot-integrity measures, including a move to extend the ballot-receipt deadline during the November election by three days amid the CCP virus pandemic. Former President Donald Trump and the state’s Republican Party urged the court to take up a review of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling. “This is not a prescription for confidence,” Thomas wrote on Feb. 22, adding that “changing the rules in the middle of the game is bad enough.” Thomas, considered by many to be the most conservative justice, said the court should have granted a review. “That decision to rewrite the rules seems to have affected too few ballots to change the outcome of any federal election. But that may not be the case in the future,” Thomas wrote (pdf). “These cases provide us with an ideal opportunity to address just what authority nonlegislative officials have to set election rules, and to do so well before the next election cycle. […] More

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Chick-Fil-A Barred From San Antonio Airport Over 'Anti-LBGTQ Behavior'

The San Antonio City Council voted on March 21 against allowing the opening of a Chick-Fil-A concession at the city’s airport in a vote of 6 to 4 with one abstention, citing the company’s extensive history of anti-LGBTQ donations.  “With this decision, the City Council reaffirmed the work our city has done to become a champion of equality and inclusion,” Councilman Roberto C. Treviño told the news outlet in a statement.  “San Antonio is a city full of compassion, and we don’t have room in our public facilities for a business with a legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.” Visit Direct Link to read more>>

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